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Joan Jaffe Cohen


Joan Jaffe Cohen's Life

Cohen, Joan J, born November 23, 1929 passed away peacefully in New York City, age 91, on January 28, 2021 following a brief battle with COVID-19.

Joan leaves behind her daughter Robin Cohen Reinach and her granddaughter Jessica Mastro; her son Michael T. Cohen, his wife Tara Liberman Cohen, and grandchildren: Zachary Cohen, Juliette Cohen, Natalie Cohen and Jason Liberman Cohen.

Joan was born in Manhattan, New York, attended Julia Richmond High School, and received her B.A. from Mt. Holyoke College. Joan met her husband Jerome M. Cohen, a visionary realtor and the eventual president of Williams Real Estate, at the Henry Street Charity, where she was secretary.

In addition to raising her two children, Joan started a small art consulting company called Corporate Aesthetics. She advised clients on their selection of art for their offices, an innovative specialty at the time. Her most notable client was “big 8” accounting firm Coopers & Lybrandt whom she helped decorate their massive Avenue of the Americas headquarters.

Joan was an avid bridge player during and after her 25 year marriage, which ended in 1979. She travelled widely throughout Europe and Asia. She loved reading fiction, attending opera and Broadway theater. Joan was a generous supporter of the Roundabout Theater and the Doe Fund.

Ahead of her time in many ways, Joan was psychologically sophisticated, witty and charming. Joan was active, exercising and attended events through her late 80’s.

A private family service will be conducted. Donations may be made in her memory to the Doe Fund or the Roundabout Theater.


“Forget your perfect offering

Ring the bells that still can ring

There is a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in.”

Leonard Cohen


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5 entries.
Joseph Kohn MD wrote on February 10, 2021 at 4:09 am
A lovely memorial.
Marilyn Sygrove wrote on February 9, 2021 at 7:08 am
Such a beautiful tribute...

I am so sorry for your loss.

Mary Lehn-Mooney wrote on February 8, 2021 at 10:40 am
Thank you for this chance to learn more about your beautiful Mom, Robin. She is vibrant with life in these pictures, and I love seeing that same bright spark in you! So much love to you and your family in this moment. ❤️❤️❤️
Liz LaManche wrote on February 8, 2021 at 1:23 am
A remarkable woman and a life well lived! Deepest sympathies, Robin and family. May her memory be a blessing.
Shellie Alper wrote on February 6, 2021 at 12:45 pm
You will be sorely missed. A wonderful friend, and delightful company.

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