Mardele L. Cohen

December 31, 1949April 29, 2021

Mardele L. Cohen dear sister of Bonnie (Chet) Zajac and Lauri (Karl) Bosshart. Cherished cousin, loving aunt and devoted "Grantie" to many. Beloved daughter of the late Claire and Carl Cohen.

Services will be held Sunday, May 2 at the Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial. Interment Lake View Cemetery. Friends are invited to view the service Sunday, May 2 at 11 AM at BKBMC.COM, go to obituaries, scroll down to Mardele L. Cohen obituary, click on her obituary, scroll down to join live stream, click on join live stream.

Family will receive friends on Sunday 2 PM-4 PM & 6 PM-8 PM, Monday 10 AM-12 Noon & 4 PM-6 PM., For information regarding location and to make times go to (Masks, social distancing and only people that have been vaccinated are required).

Friends who wish may contribute in Mardele's memory to CMA Fund for Education 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH. 44106 (


  • the CMA Fund for Education 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH. 44106 (



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Marla Simon

May 7, 2021

Dear Friends,
I want to thank those of you who showed your love and compassion for Mardele and for me. We spoke for hours about her gratitude for all the deep and caring relationships she saw in her life. I am heartbroken. Thank you, Marla

Mary Kotynski

May 3, 2021

Full length furs in winter, cocktails at lunch on hard days, reading the paper each morning, Mardele taught me all of the best things about style, grace, professionalism, and poise.

Oh, and Baxter as Mr. Cohen! "Mr. Cohen and I are just going to cuddle up in bed this weekend."

Her award winning P.U.P. campaign to keep our waterways clean and help us all be better citizens and caretakers of our planet.

I am so grateful I had the opportunity to work with her, laugh with her, and learn from her. I send my deepest condolences to her family and friends. Mardele is a ray of light that continues to shine. Her work made the world a better place and our lives richer for knowing her.

Patty Vasil

May 3, 2021

Both Bill and I were fortunate to know Mardele as friends and colleagues. Bill at City Hall in 1979 during the Voinovich Administration and me at the Ohio Lottery years later. She was a vibrant, free spirited , go to person that got things done. She had a genuine interest in everyone’s families. In 1987 Claire Rosacco and Mardele arranged for our daughter Melissa to attend the cast party of the movie “”Light of Day” featuring Micheal J Fox and Joan Jett which was filmed in Cleveland. A treasured highlight of our daughters teen years ! It was as if she took on roles to suit the situation; a drill sergeant, a confidant, motherly concern , sisterly advice or aunt to everyone’s children and animals. She was unselfish in every way always caring for her family and friends. May all our memories of Mardele bring a smile to our hearts.

“There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” Vincent Van Gogh, thank you Mardele for all the love you showed not only to Bill and I and our children but to everyone.

Bill and Patty Vasil


May 2, 2021

I first met Mardele shortly after George was elected Mayor. I found a beautiful menorah hidden away in an old vault in the mayor's office. It was badly tarnished, but we soon had it gleaming. Since we were close to Hanukah, I asked GVV if he would like to have the menorah lit for that special holiday. He agreed and we invited Rabbi Armand Cohen of Park Synagogue to light the menorah. It was not a public ceremony, only the mayor, myself and the Rabbi plus Tibor our City Hall photographer. Shortly before the lighting, I got a call from a young lady I did not know named Mardele Cohen. She introduced herself, and asked if she could attend the ceremony. Leave it to Mardele to find out about this unannounced event. I did invite her, the only other person in the room, and that is how we became friends from that very moment. I cherished our relationship and her for all these years. Though I had long since left Cleveland, she remained in my heart, and will continue to do so. Mardele was a one of a kind, just a magnificent, caring person! May her memory be a blessing and may she rest in peace.

Jill Strauss

May 2, 2021

Dear Cohen Family,
My sincere sympathy to you on the passing of Mardele.
Please know I am thinking of all of you at this difficult time.
fondly, jill lerman strauss

Leah Simon

May 1, 2021

Mardele, I will always remember you in that fabulous red dress at our wedding and you joining my late Aunt Judy for the blessings I’ve rather wine and challah. We will miss you Grantie but your spirit will live on in us and your grand-gumdrops.
Leah, wife of Danny Simon (nephew)

Thomas Suddes

May 1, 2021

Our common Father sends the world certain people to teach us the meaning of kindness, vivacity and warmth. Mardele was one of those messengers. Every encounter with Mardele delivered what it promised: A lifted spirit, a lighter heart. May all who mourn Mardele be comforted by memories of the happiness she brought us.

Dale Friedland

May 1, 2021

such a good person will be missed

Karen Feldman

April 30, 2021

So sorry for your loss.
May her memory be a blessing and may she Rest In Peace.
Karen Feldman

Kassan Bahhur

April 30, 2021

I am saddened to learn of the passing of Mardele. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I worked with her at the Lottery for many years, she was a very nice lady who brought smiles to all of our faces. Mardele knew about my love for the Cleveland Cavs, and one day she gave me an authentic Lebron James jersey that she won at an Auction. She will be missed.