On May 17, 2015, SAUL L., beloved husband of Elaine Cohen; cherished father of Mark S. Cohen, Janet and Richard Trosch, and the late Barbara Cohen; loving son of the late Ethel and Abraham Cohen; devoted brother of the late Leonard Cohen; adoring grandfather of Jeffrey, Lauren and Emily Trosch, Britt Cohen and the late Brianna Rose Cohen. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Tuesday, May 19 at 11 a.m. Interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Brianna Rose Cohen Foundation, 3205 Hunting Tweed Drive, Owings Mills, MD 21117 or The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, 101 W. Mt. Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201. In mourning at 11629 St. David’s Lane, Lutherville, MD 21093.
On May 17, 2015, RUTH (nee Lustbader), beloved mother of Sue (Larry) Korman and Rita (Max) Ghiabi; devoted sister of the late Pauline Pleet, I. William Lustbader, Sadie Cohen and Florence Lustbader; loving grandmother of Nadav Korman and Mollie Ghiabi. Funeral services and interment will be held at Shaarei Zion Cemetery, Rosedale on Wednesday, May 20, at 12:30 p.m. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the charity of your choice. In mourning at 2414 Sugarcone Road, Baltimore, MD 21209, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, at the home of Ann and Don Schwartz, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., with services at 6 p.m., and Sunday through Tuesday in Modiin, Israel, then continuing in Seoul, Korea.
On May 14, 2015, SHERRI G. (nee Gemora), beloved wife of Dr. Fred Sirotkin; loving mother of Bryan Adam Sirotkin and Sara Beth Sirotkin; cherished sister of Debbi (Walter) Jacobs; devoted daughter of Irvin and Paula Gemora (nee Cohen); adored aunt of Emily, Eric, and Andrea Jacobs, Matthew and Ava Sirotkin. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Monday, May 18, at 11 a.m. Interment at Arlington Cemetery, Chizuk Amuno Congregation N. Rogers Ave. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center, Executive Office, Suite N9E17, 22 S. Greene St., Baltimore, MD 21201 or Fidos for Freedom, 1200 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, MD 20707. In mourning at 12069 Long Lake Drive, Owings Mills, MD 21117, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with services at 7:30 p.m. The family will begin receiving Monday following interment and Tuesday and Wednesday after 12 p.m.
On May 16, 2015, BEATRICE (nee Falck), beloved wife of the late Bernard Landsman; devoted mother of Harriet (late Harold) Siegel, Steve (Linda) Landsman and Louis (Arlene) Landsman; dear sister of the late Milton Falck; beloved daughter of the late Bessie (nee Trotzky) and Louis Falck; loving grandmother of Michael “Mookie” (Jessica) Siegel, Marc (Judy) Siegel and Scott Siegel, Robert (Shirley) Landsman and David (Erin) Landsman; also survived by eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services and interment will be held at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane on Monday, May 18, at 11 a.m. Please omit flowers. In mourning at 1 High Stepper Court #304 (Annen Woods), Baltimore, MD 21208.
On May 14, 2015, MURRAY, beloved husband of the late Rae Rednor Portnoy; devoted father of Paul (Rita) Portnoy and Barbara Spector (Leonard Spector and the late Alan M. Levine); loving brother of the late Al Portnoy, Libby Portnoy, and Simon Portnoy; dear brother-in-law of Linda Portnoy and the late Eileen Portnoy; cherished grandfather of Alissa Levine (Gregory) Wong, Dana Ari Levine, Andrea Levine (fiance Zachary Perlmutter), David Portnoy, and Daniel Portnoy; adored great-grandfather of Alana and Elliot Wong; dear companion of Claire Hershfield. Funeral services will be held in Fairfield, CT on Sunday at 11 a.m. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Gilchrist Hospice Care, 11311 McCormick Road, Suite 350, Hunt Valley, MD 21031. In mourning at 1805 By Woods Lane, Stevenson, MD 21153, Monday only after 5 p.m.
Rose Cohen, an Eastern European immigrant who regarded education as a lifeline and devoted her life to teaching others — by book and by example — passed away April 10 at age 103.
Cohen was born in Lithuania and came to the United States with her siblings when she was 11 after losing her mother, Rachel, to the flu epidemic of 1918. The children joined their father, Nathan Pines, who had journeyed ahead to establish a secure life for his family. They settled in South Baltimore, in what is now the Otterbein neighborhood.
An enthusiastic student, Rose began her studies at the South Baltimore Talmud Torah. Rose once recounted to her daughter, Sylvia Schechter, that a first-grade teacher at her school quit suddenly. The school supervisor located Rose, only 15 at the time, and because she read well and knew Hebrew, he told her to teach the first-grade class.
One day, Dr. Louis Kaplan, then director of Jewish education in Baltimore, walked into Rose’s classroom. Rose told Sylvia, “He came into my classroom and asked me in Hebrew, ‘Where is the teacher?’ I replied in Hebrew, I am the teacher. Dr. Kaplan responded, ‘Oy vey’ and asked to see me after class.”
Rose went on to earn a teaching diploma from Baltimore Hebrew College, embarking on a long and dedicated career. In 1937, she married attorney Moses J. Cohen, and raised a family.
“Our Shabbos dinners were wonderful,” said Sylvia. “She made the greatest oven-fried chicken. When I look back on all those Friday night dinners, it’s as if she put a gold coin in my hand every time we
had one of those dinners. [The memories] are like a treasure.”
Louis Cohen, Rose’s son, remembers going to Orioles games as a family and said she “followed the Orioles even into her last years, staying up to watch the games with a neighbor.” He added, she also learned to play bridge in her 80s and bowled into her 90s.
Rose hosted her family for monthly Shabbat dinners up until last year, and even at this past Pesach, she supplied her famous chicken soup for the family Seder.
She was also an avid mahjong player, started a Yiddish group in her building and was elected president, in her early 90s, at the Clubhouse Condo where she lived. She was “always very engaged” up to the end, said Louis, including her participation as an active member of Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion Congregation.
Rose was known to everyone as a very positive person and encouraged others. She had many devoted friends who often called her with their problems because she was a good listener, said daughter Rachel Meisels.
“She told me that before she left the house she would always check the mirror, so that the corners of her mouth were up,” recalled Rachel. “She told me to always do that. She always had a bright warm smile for people.”
Rachel said another important lesson from her mother was, “If you say you’re going to do something, do it, and do it willingly,” and Rose also insisted upon keeping her mind and body active, always. “The joke was,” said Rachel, “when my sister and I wanted to get together for lunch, it was my mother’s calendar we had to work around, she was the busy one.”
“She was also a realist,” added Rachel. She would always say, “Do for yourself that which you are able and accept help when you need it. Accept the stages in life. Count your blessings, behave like a mensch and smile.”
After raising their three children, Rose returned to education as principal at the Beth Yehuda Hebrew School and also taught there and at Beth Israel Hebrew School. She retired from teaching in 1970 but soon started another career as a secretary for Baltimore City Public Schools.
Sylvia wrote in the eulogy to her mother that the most important lessons she and her siblings learned from their mother were about maintaining values and integrity and how to conduct oneself in the world. “She taught these lessons by example, by word and by deed,” she said.
So when you see us “doing something kind or generous or thoughtful, please look more closely. What you are really seeing is my mother shining though; she has made us who we are.”
Mrs. Cohen is survived by her children, Rachel (Dr. Alfred) Meisels, Sylvia (Edward) Schechter and
Dr. Louis Cohen, and her grandchildren, Benjamin (Michelle), Annie and Richard Meisels, and her
great-grandson, Blake Meisels.
Rose Cohen was interviewed in 2011 as part of the Jewish Women’s Archive Weaving Women’s Words project. To hear the interview visit https://archive.org/details/CohenRose-24-Apr-2001-WeavingWomensWords.
On May 11, 2015, KENNETH J., survived by the love of his life Lisa Greenberg and her two children, Hannah and Brady; beloved father of Kyle Schwartz and the late Cory Schwartz; devoted brother of Larry Schwartz, Bill (Nancy) Schwartz, Ann Alt, and Nelson (Sarah) Schwartz; cherished son of the late Arnold and Mickey Schwartz; dear uncle of Brian, Kevin, Jack, Zachary, Emma and Evie. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Tuesday, May 19, at 9 a.m. Interment is private. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Wounded Warrior Project, 1120 G Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005. In mourning at 2307 A Shaded Brook Drive, Owings Mills, MD 21117, (street parking only).
On May 13, 2015, HOWARD, beloved husband of Shirley Shapiro (nee Spivak); devoted father of Larry (Betsy) Shapiro and Bruce (Danielle) Shapiro; loving brother of the late Albert “Obbie” Shapiro; dear brother-in-law of Gilda Shapiro, Helen and Leonard Kohlenstein, Marsha and Ellis Caplan, and Anita and Sam Rozenel; cherished grandfather of Jeremy, Maya, and Arielle Shapiro. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Thursday, May 14, at 3 p.m. Interment at Bobroisker Beneficial Circle Cemetery, Rosedale. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, 3300 Old Court Road, Baltimore, MD 21208. In mourning at 4730 Atrium Court (Atrium Village), Owings Mills, MD 21117.
On May 13, 2015, RONA GORELICK, age 83, nurturing wife of 63 years to Bernard Raskin; adored mother of Sandie (Dr. Andy) Zander, Fran (Rabbi Shmuel) Leitman, Steven (Nancy) Raskin; treasured Bubby of Megan (Peter) Cotugno, Chavi (Gavriel) Berkovits, Dr. Emily (Matt) Roben, Yoni (Danielle) Leitman, Jacob Zander and Ari (Elianna) Leitman. Cherished Great Bubby of Etai and Natan Berkovits, Vincent and Max Cotugno and Adir Leitman. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Thursday, May 14, at 2 p.m. Interment at Shaarei Zion Cemetery, Rosedale. Please omit flowers. The family requests donations to Ner Tamid Congregation, 6214 Pimlico Road, Baltimore, MD 21209, The Leon Gorelick Scholarship Fund at Talmudical Academy, 4445 Old Court Road, Baltimore, MD 21208, or to the charity of your choice. In mourning at 6635 Chippewa Drive, Baltimore, MD 21209, through Sunday evening. The remainder of the shiva will be in Edison, New Jersey.
On May 12, 2015, EUNICE (nee Binder), beloved wife of the late Elliot Schreider; dear mother of Jay (Abbie) Schreider and Steven Schreider; cherished sister of the late Ethyl Sugarman, Bee Kongstad and Rose Binder; devoted grandmother of Cori Schreider and Jill Schreider; loving aunt of Kate Sugarman. Services and interment at Liberty Park of Shaarei Zion Cemetery, Randallstown on Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the charity of your choice. In mourning at 14 Raindrop Circle, Reisterstown, MD 21136, Sunday only, after 4 p.m.