August 21, 1926 – August 23, 2020
Bernice, “Bunny” Cohen, age 94, died peacefully at home in Montvale, loved, kissed, and caressed into heaven by her daughter Sherry and clothed in the love of her son Barry, daughter-in-law Phyllis, grandchildren Merissa, Alexander, Danielle, and Jennifer, and sister Iris. Bunny was an expression of G-d’s love, offering love, kindness, compassion, uplifting words, prayers, and blessings to all she knew and met. During WWII, she would write letters to the soldiers to uplift their spirits. Bunny loved singing and playing the piano, whether from a songbook or by ear. She loved classical, Chassidic, and Greek music, opera, and the ballet. Another passion was dancing. After the War ended, Bunny met a soldier at a dance. While dancing, the soldier said, “Some day we are going to get married.” Six months later, Bunny and Hy were married, and were married 66 years before Hy’s death in 2012. Years later, after joining the Senior Club in Brooklyn, Bunny learned to line and folk dance, and soon became known throughout the dance circles as “Bunny from the Brook.” As Bunny would always say, “As soon as I hear any type of music, my body just starts to move”. Bunny was an avid reader, and was wellversed in all the classics and contemporary literature. She loved crocheting and knitting, and was an excellent seamstress, making her own public school graduation dress. After living in Brooklyn for most of her life, Bunny moved with her husband Hy to Montvale to live with and be cared for by their daughter Sherry. While she grew up in an Orthodox Jewish family, it was in New Jersey where Bunny’s relationship with G-d changed. She began reading the Bible, loving it all, especially Psalms, Proverbs, and Isaiah. Prayer became an essential part of Bunny’s life. She spent hours each day praying for her family and those she knew and didn’t know. Even in her last days, Bunny would often pray to her LORD, even if it was just in a whisper or in the moving of her lips. She rested and moved in the assurance that G-d was always with her, loved her, was faithful, and was her help, strength, and peace. He was her rock, the One she called upon every moment of the day to help her with the basic necessities of life, through her many falls, hospitalizations, rehabilitations, declining abilities, and challenges, the One she thanked continuously. Bunny’s life was one of giving, whether in love or charity. She loved being with her family, encouraging her friends, and giving to the hungry, poor, needy, sick, Israel, and animals. Bunny will be most remembered for her giving and caring heart, devotion to her family, encouragement to others, and her love of G-d. She leaves behind her daughter Sherry Silk; son Barry Cohen and daughter-in-law Phyllis; grandchildren Merissa, Alexander, Danielle (David), and Jennifer (Adam) great-granddaughters Sloane and Riley; great-grandson Tyler; sister Iris Kopec; cousin Adele Feld, nieces, nephews, friends Dennis and Jan Siegel, and countless others. Bunny’s wish for all is that they would know G-d and His love, have peace in their hearts, and be happy, healthy, and safe. Donations in Bunny’s memory can be given to Jewish Family Service Kosher Meals on Wheels in Teaneck, NJ or to the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland, NJ.
Graveside Funeral Ceremony
Monday, August 24, 2020
September 19, 2020
I was so blessed to have known Bunny! She was such a sweet and caring person and I enjoyed the times I either spent with her or spoke with her, although I wish they had been many more. I will cherish all my memories of her! I am so very thankful, though, that I know she is now rejoicing with our LORD and that I will spend eternity with this beautiful woman! I am praying for her whole family in this very difficult time!
With My Deepest Sympathy,