Nicole Marie Cohn-Kapur
August 7, 1982 – February 8, 2021
Nicole Cohn-Kapur died on February 8, 2021, in Oakland at the age of 38 with her loved ones by her side following a year-long battle with cancer. A private funeral was held on February 16, 2021 at East Lawn Memorial Park, East Sacramento.
Nicole Marie Cohn was born at Kaiser Morse Hospital in Sacramento, California, on August 7, 1982. She is survived by her husband Jay Kapur, her mother Catherine Travers, her father Steve Cohn, her brother Adam Cohn, eleven aunts and uncles, sixteen first cousins, and four nieces and nephews.
Nicole graduated with honors from St. Francis Catholic High School in 2000. Several of her classmates became lifelong friends. Nicole graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Psychology in 2004, and spent her junior year abroad at Sussex University in Brighton, England, adding new friends from Europe and Africa to her eclectic mix of friends and connecting diverse people from all over the world into her magnetic orbit.
In 2005, Nicole underwent successful surgery to remove a bone cancer tumor. She moved back to Sacramento for a couple of years, successfully managing the Sacramento City Council reelection campaign for her father in 2006. Later that year she worked as a community volunteer coordinator and went on a birthright trip to Israel.
In 2007, Nicole moved to Brooklyn for postgrad studies at Hunter College, earning her M.S.W. in 2009. Her first social worker job involved stabilizing the home environment of at-risk children. In 2011, Nicole met Jay Kapur, a graphic designer and Indiana native, in Brooklyn. They soon fell in love and would live together for the rest of her life. In late 2013, Nicole and Jay moved from Brooklyn to Northern California, where Nicole found a rewarding job as a social worker and Jay as a graphic designer in Silicon Valley. Before settling into their new jobs, the couple traveled to India and Thailand for several months where they became engaged.
Nicole and Jay married on September 5, 2015, in a beautiful ceremony at the historic Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, surrounded by family and friends from all over the world.
In September 2019, Nicole joined her parents on the Jinan-Sacramento Sister City trip to China. She was healthy and radiant and an excellent ambassador for our city.
In February 2020, Nicole was diagnosed with a rare type of sarcoma that started in her hip and abdomen but quickly metastasized throughout her body. Over the course of the last 12 months, Nicole displayed tremendous courage and radiance of spirit as she endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery to try to shrink and remove the lesions and tumors caused by this aggressive cancer. In the face of this cruel disease and the torturous treatments she was given to fight it, Nicole always managed to stay cheerful and positive, lifting the spirits of those around her, though it was really our job to lift hers.
Her life was short, yet she lived life to the fullest. She is truly an inspiration for us all.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Nicole Marie Cohn-Kapur
Bertha and Dwight Combs
February 21, 2021
Dwight and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Nicole. She will forever be that little fairy child that lived next door.
February 18, 2021
Dear Steve and Cathy
My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family during this tragic time in your lives.
I know first-hand how difficult it is to lose a child and I mourn with you and wish you comfort knowing your daughter is now relieved of her pain and at peace.
Nicole achieved so much during her short life span and is leaving a lasting impression on the world given her generosity to others and her fighting spirit.
May each of you find peace in the fond memories you hold.
Sincerest condolences, Adrienne Leonard