Barbara Cynthia Cohen

September 3, 1934September 4, 2021

Barbara Cynthia Green Cohen, also known as “Manya,” peacefully left her mortal body surrounded by her beloved family at their Swampscott home on September 4, 2021.

Barbara was born in Everett, MA in 1934 to Abraham and Lee Green. Later moving to Brooklyn, NY, Barbara attended Midwood High School and continued her studies at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston.

Barbara met Phillip, the love of her life as a teenager while summering in Winthrop, Massachusetts. They married in 1953 and enjoyed 68 years of marriage together.

Barbara had a lifelong passion for arts and interior design. Professionally she was an artist representative for ceramicists from the United States and Canada and operated an interior design firm with both residential and commercial clients. Additionally, she painted as a teenager and created crafts and ceramic objects as an adult. Barbara also had a strong love for travel, adventure and sailing.

Over the course of her life, Barbara’s strength, resilience and joyful enthusiasm for living would allow her to work through health adversities that included severe migraine headaches, a traumatic brain injury in 1999 and dementia during the last seven years of her life. She will be remembered by many for her kindness, grace, courage and gentle spirit.

Barbara leaves behind her husband, Phillip Cohen of Swampscott, three children including Michael Cohen, Nancy Stracka (of blessed memory) and her husband Jeffrey Stracka and Peter Cohen and his husband Martin Lieberman. She also leaves behind two grandchildren Lauren Stracka Fulton and her husband Greg Fulton and Nikki Stracka.

Private graveside services were held on September 6. Many thanks to the caregivers of Associated Home Care of Marblehead for providing loving care for Barbara as dementia took its toll. Contributions in her name can be made to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital of Boston and Care Dimensions Hospice of Danvers, MA.


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Barbara Cynthia Cohen

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Paul Epstein

September 12, 2021

Growing up in Swampscott, I remember how beautiful, elegant and poised Barbara always seemed to be. I also remember the last time I saw her. It was at a birthday party for my late mother at a kosher restaurant in Brookline. I was saddened to see how difficult it was for Barbara to communicate with the other relatives at the party. I also remember how dedicated Phillip was to Barbara and to providing for her care.

Bryna and I just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary and the 43rd anniversary of our aliyah to Israel. We have five children and 19 grandchildren, all of whom live in Israel. We feel truly blessed.

May you all have fond memories of Barbara. May she rest in peace.


Paul and Bryna Epstein
Rehovot, Israel