Jerome L. Cohen

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Our beloved Attorney Jerome Lionel Cohen of Nanticoke passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, with his loved ones by his side.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on Jan. 25, 1934, he was the son of the late Morris and Hannah Shindel Cohen.

A graduate of Meyers High School, Jerry held a Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University School of Business and Public Administration, where he majored in accounting and was a member of the Honorary Accounting Society.

He graduated from Temple University School of Law in 1958, where he was active in the Legal Aid Society. He was also a member of Tau Epsilon Rho Legal Fraternity. While at Temple University, he was employed as assistant to the comptroller for a period of five years. He was a member of the marching band in high school and college. Jerry was a member of Temple Israel, Wilkes-Barre.

An esteemed attorney for almost 60 years, he was admitted to Luzerne County Bar Association in 1959. He was a free mason. Working as a sole practitioner, he affiliated with various attorneys over the years.

He served as assistant district attorney and then first assistant district attorney with district attorney Patrick J. Toole; member of the board of directors and solicitor of Peoples National Bank of Edwardsville; member and president of the local Tuberculosis Society as well as the first vice president of the American Lung Association of Pennsylvania; solicitor for the Borough of Courtdale and city of Nanticoke; first assistant district attorney with District Attorney Correale Stevens and then interim district attorney in 1994 after Stevens was appointed Common Pleas Judge. He closed his practice on Public Square in November of 2017.

Jerry leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, the former Claire A. Lynch; children, Howard D. (Karen) Cohen, Philadelphia; Tracy A. (David) Zabrenski, Nanticoke; Mark D. Gusditis, Dorrance; grandchildren, Neil and wife, Meredith; Stephen and fiancée, Shikhee; and Kimberly Cohen; Taylor Zabrenski; and Connor and Garrett Gusditis; his sister, Sally Connor and her children, Edward (Celia) Connor and Trudy (Billy) Doss; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Rosenberg Funeral Chapel Inc., 348 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will follow in Holche Yosher Cemetery, Lee Park Ave., Hanover Twp.

Shiva will be observed from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at 6 Kings Court, Nanticoke.

Memorial contributions if desired, may be made to Temple Israel, 236 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 or Nanticoke Community Ambulance, 901 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke, PA 18634.

The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the members of the Nanticoke Ambulance, EMS and Fire Department and the staff at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Your compassion and care for not only our beloved but our family will never be forgotten.

There are not many people in this world that we can whole-heartedly say were genuinely kind, dignified, trustworthy, passionate about their trade, truly enjoyed their work, always put their clients' wellbeing first without concern for financial gain, found humor even in the grimmest of times, unconditionally loved his family and friends, and never did anything for the spotlight or recognition. If you knew him, you were blessed but if you didn't, chances are you know someone whose life he has impacted.

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Rosenberg Funeral Chapel - Wilkes Barre
348 S. River St
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
(570) 822-1210
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Nov. 8, 2018