Levine Chapels

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Jillian (Cowan) Segal

Jillian (Cowan) Segal, age 56, of Needham, passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. Beloved wife of David Segal. Adoring daughter of Martin and Dorrit Cowan. Devoted mother of Aaron, Jeremy, and Chloe Segal. Loving sister of Alison Cowan and Stephen Bodurtha, David and Nathalie Cowan, and sister-in-law of Amy and Ron Mason. Loving daughter-in-law of Joanne and Bill Segal. Loved aunt of 11 nieces and nephews.

Jill had recently discovered her life’s passion and was enrolled as a second-year rabbinical student at Hebrew College in Newton at the time of her death.

Services will be held at Temple Aliyah, 1664 Central Avenue, Needham on Friday, October 11 at 11:00am. Burial will follow at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham Street, Sharon. Immediately following burial, shiva will be at the Segal home until 4:30pm with minchah recited at 3:00 pm, Saturday evening from 7-9:00pm with minyan at 7:30pm, and on Sunday from 9:00am-12:00noon and 1:00-4:00pm with minyans at 9:00am and 1:00pm.

On Sunday, Martin, Dorrit and David Cowan will be at Martin and Dorrit's home and Allison will be at her home.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in memory of Jillian Segal to support the Dr. Ursula Matulonis Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or to the Jillian Segal Fund at Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459.


  • Funeral Service Friday, October 11, 2019


Jillian (Cowan) Segal

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Carol Barnett

October 15, 2019

Jillian and I attended business school together, Section H. She impressed me as thoughtful, kind, generous and wise. A few years ago, while living in Concord, I had the privilege to meet Jillian for lunch. Though many years had passed, she still possessed a genuine smile and wonderful wisdom about family, professional success, and her illness. Knowing Jillian was an honor. May her life and memories of her be a blessing to her many family and friends.

Judi Roth

October 10, 2019

I have very fond memories of Jill, always with a smile on her beautiful face.

My deepest condolences to her family and friends.

Shari (Greenberg) Rackman

October 10, 2019

I attended Westchester Day school with Jillian and will always remember the smart, warm, upbeat girl with the radiant smile who treated everyone like her best friend. I will always remember her kind nature.

Rebecca Rozen Kahlenberg

October 10, 2019

I have many fond memories of Jill from our years at Westchester Day School. In particular I remember coming to her beautiful home in New Rochelle and playing in her room and in the expansive backyard, as well as sometimes getting to have sleepovers. It was always such a warm home in which it always felt like their was so much love.