Norma Cohen


Norma Cohen, 89, died peacefully in her sleep of natural causes on April 27, 2020, hopefully dreaming of her grandchildren, Sadie, Jake, and the twins, Carlie and Kendall, playing in the living room, or watching a great Red Sox game on TV with her son, Scott (Cohen), or making her amazing chicken soup for her daughter, Susan (Cohen) and son-in-law, Gary (Biale), and her daughter, Stacie and son-in-law, Timmy (Williams), or eating a delicious Thanksgiving family dinner. She was Born Norma Ludman and grew up in Providence, RI, the daughter of Samuel and Rebecca Ludman. She graduated from Hope High School and then obtained a Bachelor’s degree from URI and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston University. She spent her entire career working as a Geriatric Social Worker in various nursing home settings with a number of years spent as Director, Social Services, at the Jewish Home for the Aged in Providence. She found that working with the elderly and trying to make a difference in the last stages of their lives was always very rewarding and important to her. She raised her family and lived most of her life in Cranston, RI in a home she loved with wonderful neighbors surrounding her.  She was the sister of the late Harold Ludman and his wife Joan, and Nathan Ludman and his wife Sally. She enjoyed the simple pleasures in life; looking at the ocean, a hot cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee, a cold Del’s Lemonade, a good book, and listening to music. Family was everything and when she was with them she thought life was perfect. She will be remembered as being happy, kind, easygoing, and a great mother and Bubbie. Not liking to be the center of attention, she wanted to avoid both a 90th birthday celebration this June, and a large funeral; both wishes granted. She is now reunited with her loving husband of many years, Carl Cohen. Heartfelt thanks and much gratitude to the caring and skilled staff at Brentwood Nursing Home.  Private funeral and no shiva at this time. Donations can be made in her memory to Meals on Wheels RI at:


  1. Steve Cohen
    Apr 29, 2020

    My heartfelt and deepest condolences to my cousins who lost their kind and amazing mother. Norma was truly a kind and charming person and will always be remembered and missed. It was truly an honor to be part of her life and sharing Thanksgiving and countless events s together throughout the many decades. Rest In Peace my Auntie Norma. Steve Edwina Michael Alyson and Matthew Cohen

  2. The DeBlasio Family
    Apr 29, 2020

    The DeBlasio Family wishes to extend our sincere condolences to Norma’s Family. She was a kind & wonderful neighbor. She will especially be missed by her dear friend, Beverly, who enjoyed her company and sharing stories about the Red Sox. May she rest peacefully with her beloved husband, Carl. Our deepest sympathy, The DeBlasio Family.

  3. Grace Newman
    Apr 29, 2020

    Scott, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Loss of a mother so loving and kind is very difficult. May you find comfort from family and friends and all those wonderful memories you have of the good times you had with your mom.


  4. Elli Panichas
    Apr 29, 2020


    My condolences on the loss of your mom. My mind is full of memories – Tony and Carl, friends for life, and of you and your brother at Tony & my house at Christmas time, enjoying the Italian Custom of the decorated Tree.

    The years fly by, the memories remain – keep and cherish them. Pass these memories on.

    …I can just imagine Tony and Carl , planning another ‘Class of 47′ reunion.

    Take care.


    Eleanor (Elli) Panichas

  5. Michael cohen
    Apr 29, 2020

    Baruch Dayan Emet
    Deepest and heart felt condolences.

  6. judy gershman
    Apr 29, 2020

    so sorry for your loss. your mother was such a warm. caring person.. i remember how she always treated us like family we always felt so welcomed into your home we hope that all your beautiful memories help you all through this difficult time
    love, judy( sweet) gershman, darcy (sweet) and missy (sweet) ruzzo

  7. Marc B. Nouman
    Apr 29, 2020

    Stacie, sending my deepest condolences on the passing of your mom. She was a wonderful woman and I’m glad I knew her as a child. Hope you are doing well. My prayers to you and your family.

  8. Billie and Charles Fischer
    Apr 29, 2020

    So Sorry to hear of your mom’s passing.
    Sending our sincere condolences to all of you
    Billie and Charles Fischer
    Robin, Peter and Bruce

  9. Stuart A Cohen
    Apr 30, 2020

    Susan, Scott and Stacie,

    Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mom. I remember her well from our days and friendship at the Greenwich Club. Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers and those of my family.

    Stuart A Cohen
    Rocky Hill, Ct.

  10. Robyn Factor
    Apr 30, 2020

    Susan and family,

    I am sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. I will always remember what a kind person she was. My mother Marilyn asked me to pass along her condolences as well. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

    Robyn Factor

  11. Richard and Lenore Cohen
    Apr 30, 2020

    Norma and Carl were wonderful neighbors for many years. You kids grew up with Marcy and Ronnie and made the neighborhood so much fun.
    Our deepest sympathy to you all.

    Lenore and Rich

  12. Michelle
    May 3, 2020

    Many happy memories be with Norma’s loved ones, and may the God of all comfort strengthen them to endure the times of tears.
    {23rd Psalms}



  13. Dori Adler
    May 10, 2020

    I enjoyed my visits with your mom. She always made me smile and was happy to talk to me. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

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