Joan Cohen of Great Neck, NY, an arts educator and interior designer, passed away on Feb. 14, 2021, in Denver with her sons by her side. She was 86. Rabbi Steven Foster officiated at the Feb. 19 graveside service at Emanuel Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements.
“She spoke her mind yet had a huge heart,” the family said. “We loved her and will miss her greatly.”
Ms. Cohen was born in Brooklyn. She attended Tilden High School and studied painting and drawing at Brooklyn College.
An arts teacher, she taught at Queen’s Bayside High School, which she was instrumental in designating as an arts magnet school, and Pace College.
Ms. Cohen also owned an interior design business in New York and often designed unique furniture and rugs for her clients.
Fiercely independent, she traveled the world and loved New York City where she attended the theater and art exhibits, listened to live jazz and dined with friends.
Mrs. Cohen, who particularly enjoyed taking her grandchildren to the Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, remained healthy and active into her 80s.
Joan Cohen is survived by her brothers Arthur Goldberg of Las Vegas and Jack (Katherine) Goldberg of Lake Worth, Fla.; her sons Robert Cohen and Douglas (Sarah) Cohen of Denver; and granddaughters Gretchen Cohen, Morgan Cohen, Mackenzie Cohen and Emerson Cohen.
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