Sandra Cobden


Cobden, Sandra, 79, of 906 Namquid Dr., died Saturday, August 23, 2014, at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Harry Cobden. Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Jacob and Natalie (Turick) Crovitz, she had lived in Warwick for 49 years, previously residing in Cranston. Sandra was a teacher in the Warwick School District and in the Religious School at Temple Am David and the former Temple Beth Israel for 45 years, retiring 8 years ago. She was a member of RIAFT/Retirees Local 8037. Sandra was a graduate of Rhode Island College of Education, now Rhode Island College, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree, Class of ’57, and Master’s Degree, Class of ’64, in Education. Devoted mother of Andrew Cobden and his wife, Claire, of Newton, MA and Judith Cobden and her wife, Rebecca Laverriere, of Warwick. Dear sister of the late Herbert Crovitz. Sandra loved her dog, Milo. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11:00 a.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Woman & Infants Breast Health Center Development Foundation, c/o Philanthropy or East Greenwich Animal Protection League. Shiva will be observed at her late residence, Monday 7-9 and Tuesday 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. For online condolences, visit


  1. Chuck Dressler
    Aug 24, 2014

    I am very sorry for your loss Judy and Rebecca. My heart goes out to both of you along with the rest of your family. I hope you can take some solace knowing that no parent can ask for anything more than receiving the love and care that you showed and gave to your Mom. The pain of the last several days may fade but the memories only grow stronger. My Yiddish has faded but you are both Mensch’s.

  2. Rhonda Hastings
    Aug 24, 2014

    My deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers go out to the Cobden Family in this very sad time of loss.

  3. Alice DelDonno
    Aug 24, 2014

    A world without Cousin Sandy’s great wit and warm humor is a sadder place. All of us on the Crovitz/Lusterman side of the family loved Sandy very much and we will miss her.

  4. Suzanne Roy
    Aug 25, 2014

    Hi Andrew and Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. We know there is nothing we can say to ease the pain, but please know that we are praying for you.

    With much love and sympathy,
    Suzanne Roy & Bill Bushey
    Hudson, MA

  5. Lori Muskat
    Aug 25, 2014

    Judy, my thoughts and prayers are with you, Rebecca, Milo and family. I will hold your mom’s memory close to my heart always; I have literally known her for as long as I can remember. And although I didn’t see her often throughout the years, I always enjoyed the visits we did have. I’ll always cherish the memory of my visit last spring, when mom was still well enough to laugh and joke. Her sense of humor was one of her greatest gifts. Your love and devotion to your mom were among her greatest blessings. Your generous nature and the enormity of your heart are an amazing legacy for your mom to leave. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I will see you soon, Love Lori

  6. A wonderful teacher, mother, grandmother figure and friend.
    Our condolences to Judy and Andrew. May she rest in peace.

  7. Louise Melucci
    Aug 25, 2014

    I taught with Sandy at Greenwood School in Warwick and extend my deepest sympathy to her children at this very sad time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
    Louise Melucci

  8. David Lusterman
    Aug 25, 2014

    Dear Judy, Rebecca, Andrew, and Claire,

    I’m sorry to be 3,000 miles away and not able to be with you, but I’m certainly thinking about you and my dear cousin Sandy. I had a mad crush on her when I was a boy and it lasted all my life. When I would spend a weekend at the Crovitz house on Wentworth Avenue, Sandy would take me bowling (duckpins) and to the Newport Creamery for cabinets (Awful Awfuls). She was always the most care-free of all my relations. When she first brought Harry to a big family gathering at Nell Lee and Gladys’ house in Fairfield and announced their engagement, I was absolutely devastated and it took a few years before I would take Harry seriously. Eventually we became pals but I maintained the rivalry well below the surface! I know it sounds like I’m just nattering on about myself but I’m really talking about your mother and all the love and kindness she engendered. I imagine that all the kids she taught and the families she touched felt the same radiance.

    Much love from David, Kippie, Lyzy, and Joey

  9. Janice Rainho
    Aug 26, 2014

    I am so sorry for your great loss . My thoughts are with you and your family

  10. angela boothman
    Aug 28, 2014

    Dear Judy, Rebecca, Andrew and Claire,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Your MOM was such an incredible lady, always laughing and smiling, loving and considerate. She really was a ray of sunshine. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Angela Boothman

  11. Gary Kaplan
    Sep 4, 2014

    So sorry to hear about Sandra’s passing. I enjoyed being a student in her Sunday school class and always enjoyed our numerous chats at Temple Beth Israel, as I did also with her mom Natalie. May all your dear relatives rest in peace.

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