Shirley Cohen

Obituary of Shirley Cohen



Shirley Cohen (née Muraven) passed away on June 9, 2017 at Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home. She was born in Albany, the eldest daughter of Saul and Jennie Muraven.
 Shirley attended New York University and later went on to become part of the first class of graduating social workers to get their MSW from SUNY Albany. She worked for many years at Parsons Child and Family Center and was highly admired for skills as a social worker.

 Shirley valued her Jewish heritage and culture and loved speaking Yiddish. She and her sister Evelyn (Hagar) BenBarak attended Workmans Circle Yiddish school in the afternoon which reinforced her love of Yiddish.

 She met her husband Sammy on a subway ride back from a labor Zionist rally in Brooklyn. They moved back to Albany and married. Shirley was an avid reader and music lover and she and Sam enjoyed attending concerts, theater, and visiting museums. She was a generous supporter of organizations that supported social services, The Arts and Jewish and cultural programs. In recent years Shirley ran a Yiddish speaking group at the JCC

 There is no one who could make a better pie. No one. She particularly loved cooking for friends and family. She doted on her grandchildren.
 Shirley became a bit of a local celebrity for her appearance in the documentary "the Neighborhood that Disappeared".
 She was the best of "Bubbies", neighbors and friends. She is predeceased by her beloved Samuel. She is survived by her daughters Mira, Naomi, and Paula, grandchildren Kate, Jessica, Amy, Becky, Adam, Lilah, Matthew, Joshua and Julian and great grandchildren Jonah, Maya, Zach, Lara, Brody and Penelope.


 Services will be held at the Temple Israel Cemetery on Western Avenue in Guilderland, NY on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 11:00am

 Family and friends are welcome back to the house afterwards until 4PM.