July 21, 1922 – March 15, 2020
Estelle Cohen, 97, of Peabody (and formerly of Lynn and Swampscott, MA and Delray Beach, FL) passed away peacefully March 15, 2020 on what would have been her 78th wedding anniversary. Beloved wife of the late Victor Cohen to whom she was married for 66 years. Devoted mother of Steven and his wife Arlene of Needham, Paul and his wife Kathy of Shelburne Falls and Gary and his wife Cheryl of Swampscott. Cherished grandmother of Lisa, David and his wife Kim, Willow and her husband Adrian, Autumn and her husband Jonathan, Ariel, Michael and his wife Sari, Matthew and Andrew and his wife Sara. Proud great grandmother of seven. Dear daughter of the late Barnet and Anna Kudroff of Lynn and loving sister of the late Minna Finkle of Lynn.
Estelle was actively involved in and helped lead and raise funds at several Jewish organizations including Congregation Ahabat Shalom in Lynn, the former Jewish Rehabilitation Center in Swampscott and the Jewish Club at Brooksby Village in Peabody. She was responsible for the donation of a Torah for the Brooksby community, dedicated to the memory of her husband Victor. She was a wonderful cook whose recipes will live on in "Shalom in the Kitchen", the cookbook she edited which can be found on bookshelves all across the country. Estelle was fiercely independent and until just six weeks ago kept her calendar full with bridge and other games with her numerous friends at Brooksby Village. She was the most loving caring person and will be greatly missed by everyone who had the good fortune of knowing her.
A private graveside service will be held on March 22, 2020. A Celebration of the Life of Estelle Cohen will be held at a future date. Contributions in her memory should be made to either the Brooksby Village Jewish Council or the Brooksby Village Benevolent Fund, 100 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody, MA 01960.
March 24, 2020
My memory of Estelle Cohen is that she was a very caring and loving person. She was always smiling. In the short amount of time I knew her I learned an awful lot from her. She taught me how to be a kinder and more generous person, both in caring and giving. Even though I lived in Massachusetts for a short while, I consider her and everone else there an extened part of my family from there! Estelle I am very glad for all the lessons in life I learned from you.
March 23, 2020
I send my sincere condolences to Estelle’s family at this time of great sadness. I have known Estelle my whole life, since my mother, Vivien Germain, was best friends with Estelle’s sister, Minna. Estelle was always welcoming with her beautiful smile and was a lovely, kind person I will always remember. In her later years, I had the pleasure of seeing Estelle at Reading Symphony Orchestra concerts. She would take the Brooksby bus to attend performances. I play in the orchestra and we would meet at intermissions and after the show to catch up on our lives.
Please know that Estelle was an important presence in my life and my thoughts are with her family.
Herb and Barbara Kessel
March 22, 2020
Estelle’s passing is a very sad occasion in the lives of all of us who knew her even though you would be hard pressed to find a person who lived life so fully, so long and so well. Family and friends always came first with Estelle. This was her top priority in life. She never wavered from this ideal and she was richly awarded in return with the deep devotion and respect of her loving family and so many friends. Few have gone through life with such a high level of empathy, understanding, kindness, consistency and generosity, financial and otherwise. And she was one of the least self-centered people we have ever met. She had a special gift as a listener, a person who always wanted to know first what you were doing and what you were thinking.
Estelle was a true lifelong friend to our mother, Helen Kessel. Their relationship was as close as any two sisters, sharing with each other all the joys and sadness’s that come naturally with life. There was nothing they wouldn’t share with each other. Estelle retained her driver’s license well beyond the time she might have just to be able to visit our mother as she battled cancer in her Salem condo, just a few doors down from where Estelle and Vic lived before they departed to Brooksby. Those weekly visits along with daily phone calls provided my mother with comfort and something to look forward to. Estelle provided the type of lifeline for my mother that only a true friend could provide.
For most of us, Estelle’s passing represents the breaking of the last link to a member of the “greatest generation.” Let the way that she lived her life be a blessing for all of us who had the privilege to know her.
Marian Van Nunspeet
March 20, 2020
Estelle made you feel special. Always a kind word. She will be missed by everyone whom she touched in this life. Especially by her family. I was one of the lucky ones. She truly was a matriarch. Adriaan, Willow, Ethan, Phineas, Paul and Kathy, my love and thoughts are with you all and the rest of the family
Jose van Nunspeet
March 20, 2020
I want to give the family my deepest condolences with the lost of this special lady. From Adrian, Willow , Ethan and Phineas I know she was a wonderful grandmother. Always interested in their being.
March 19, 2020
The best Grammy a girl could have !! She always made me feel so loved and special,as well as keeping my belly full of her delicious treats. One of my favorite memories has to be from one early morning in Florida... i was probs 6 or 7 years old...it was just the two of us and she smiled at me And said “Boy , do I have a treat for my Lisa”.....And at that she poured me in A big bowl of Cheerios and then proceeded to add M&Ms… !!!
It was so delicious, but that moment we shared together was just as delicious if not more delicious than my big bowl of Cheerios and M&Ms…
I love and miss you...
Sweet dreams my loving Grammy!!
March 17, 2020
Estelle was a lifetime family friend, a beautiful human being within and without and an amazing lady. Sincere sympathy to her entire family. Gail (Tenenbaum) Richmond