COHEN, Judith (Burstein)

Teacher, Life-long learner, Hobbyist, and Friend of Norwood, 85, passed away on April 26, 2018 at Orchard Cove, Hebrew SeniorLife.  Mrs. Cohen was born on August 18, 1932, in Boston, and was raised by her parents in Brookline.  Her father, the late Jacob Burstein, was an antique repairman and store-owner in Brookline.  Her mother, the late Esther (Feldman) Burstein, was a much-loved mother and matriarch.  Mrs. Cohen graduated from Brookline High School in 1950, Brandeis University in 1954, and Lesley University in 1990.  In 1955, Mrs. Cohen married Edward Cohen of Fitchburg.  The newlyweds first lived in Newtonville.  Four years later, they moved to Norwood, where they lived together for 45 years.  Ed Cohen was a manufacturers’ representative, working for companies in several industries and traveling throughout New England.  Judy Cohen taught in the Newton and Walpole public schools for 30 years, until her retirement in 1999, though she continued to privately tutor students for many years thereafter.  A life-long learner, Mrs. Cohen helped form both Brandeis University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (BOLLI), and Wayland Lifelong Learners: An Independent Collaborative (LLAIC).  She took many classes at both institutes. Mrs. Cohen also mentored graduate students and formed special relationships, such as that with Gul Shamim at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and the International Business School.  To this day, many Brandeis graduates lovingly call her “Mom”.  Mrs. Cohen had many hobbies including gardening, rug-making, needlepoint, and cooking.  With her husband, she was a long-time member of Norwood’s Temple Shaare Tefilah.  Together, they were active in many community school and cultural organizations.  She is survived by her son, Gary, of Boston; her daughter and her husband, Nessa and Steven Lear, of New Rochelle; her son, Mark, of Los Angeles; three grandchildren, Samuel Lear, and Ariel Lear of New Rochelle, and Haley Cohen, of Los Angeles, her sister, Sandra Phillips and her family, of Newton, her brother Alan Burstein, of Boston, and his family, and many incredible nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.  Chapel Service on Sunday, April 29th at 9:30 AM at Schlossberg & Solomon Memorial Chapel, 824 Washington St., Canton.  Interment to follow at Sharon Memorial Park.  Remembrances may be directed to the Judith Burstein Cohen ’54 Legacy Scholarship http://heller.brandeis.edu/admissions/pdfs/fellowships-scholarships/judith-burstein-cohen-legacy-scholarship.pdf), or to the charity of one’s choice.  Her family thanks many caregivers, including her beloved Carmelle Lamour, her many friends and staff at Orchard Cove, and the doctors and nurses at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Arrangements by
Schlossberg & Solomon Memorial Chapel
"Family Owned"
781-828-6990

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