Sugarman Sinai Memorial Chapel

458 Hope Street, Providence, RI


Meta Cohen

October 14, 1921December 28, 2019

META (KAUFMAN) COHEN, age 98, of North Providence, passed away Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Brentwood Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late Dr. David J. Cohen.

Born in Chicago, she was a daughter of the late Abraham M. and Catherine G. (Goldstein) Kaufman. She was admired for her independent mind and spirit, that stayed with her until her last day. In her early 20’s she was a pilot and flew bi-planes and Piper Cubs. Meta was a lifetime member of Temple Beth El in Providence and taught English to Russian immigrants. She volunteered at both Miriam and Bradley Hospitals and led tours for the Rhode Island Historical Society. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed traveling, knitting, and sewing. She was also a talented organist as well as pianist.

She is survived by three daughters, Susan Lee Klibanoff and her husband Elton of Delray beach, FL, Diane Gasfreund Schneider and her husband Marvin of Gaithersburg, MD and Betsy Hamel of Jamestown,RI, five grandchildren, John, Jennifer, Daniel, Michael and Jason and two great grandchildren, Paige and Tess.

Private arrangements are in the care of Sugarman Sinai Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Meals on Wheels of RI, 70 Bath St, Providence, RI 02908.


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Serabi Tanabe

January 2, 2020

Please accept my sincere condolences.
Meta is one of the greatest woman I have ever met in the United States. I was just 12 years old when I met Meta for the first time. Our family stayed with Meta and Dave for a year. They supported us very kindly as if they were our grandparents. The memory we had was very special and unforgettable. Meta was always kind, active and thoughtful. Even after we returned to Japan, she never forgot sending us birthday cards and presents. It is very impressive that her presents were always made us very happy. My daughter, Miu always wondered why Meta knew what she wanted.
Meta was such a wonderful lady I always respected. All of our family missed her a lot. Though I lost her, she live eternally in my heart.

Joey Denhoff

December 31, 2019

Our family sends our deepest heartfelt condolences on the passing of Meta. Meta was best friends with our Mom, Sylvia and they shared many great moments together. They had great stories to tell about their travels. Meta was always a wonderful sweet person to us. Dave and Eric were boyhood friends in Taunton and their friendship continued throughout their lives.
Dave, Meta, Eric and Sylvia are together again.
May their memories be a blessing.
Amy & Joey Denhoff

Jennifer Bailey

December 30, 2019

Meta, My beautiful Meta. I will never forget you My heart is completely broken . I will always treasure are chats are silly jokes and how you always made sure I always got my flu shot.. You are a great friend and I will miss you.. Rest in Peace my sweet friend.