CAVA, FANNY, COHEN, 85, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 11, surrounded by her family. Born in Milan, Italy in 1927, to a prosperous family of Turkish Jews, she had five brothers with whom she shared a tumultuous childhood fleeing persecution in Europe. The family settled in Miami Beach, where Fanny met the young doctor, Edward Cava, whom she married in 1947. Fanny's true calling was to be an unparalleled loving wife, mother,grandmother and friend, while her innate instinct for real estate opportunities continued until the very end. Her home was always filled with family and friends, both lifelong and recently met, enjoying her legendary cooking and trying to understand how to make the delicious food that she always said was "so easy" to prepare. Survived by her children, Anita, Robert and Daniella Levine, Richard, and Michael Northrop, as well as her four beloved grandchildren, Eliza (Rachel) Cava, Laura (Jakub) Northrop, Ted Cava and Emily Northrop, her brother Mario Cohen, and many nieces, nephews, and close family too many to mention, many of whom made special efforts to brighten her days with frequent visits. Fanny was also blessed with a close circle of lifelong friends who visited her often in the home she shared for two years with Rob and Daniella. Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Sunday (today) at Temple Israel followed by graveside services at Mt. Nebo, 5505 NW 3rd St. The family will be sitting shiva at Rob/Daniella/Fanny's home at 860 Jeronimo Dr., Coral Gables, Sunday and Monday 5:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, Fanny wished to support Catalyst Miami, the organization devoted to community well-being founded by her beloved daughter-in-law, or Kristi House, our one-stop support center for sexually abused children, as she was a survivor who did not tell anyone her story until age 65. Her family has started the Fanny Cava Fund at Kristi House to help children know that their story is believed and it is not their fault. Her deep love and selfless devotion to her children, grandchildren, and friends is a priceless legacy for us all. She will be always loved and deeply missed.
Published in Miami Herald on Jan. 13, 2013