HOPEWELL Twp. - Deborah Covener Maher, 74, died Sunday at her home with her immediate family by her side. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Deborah had lived in Titusville for the past 40 years.
She was a world class opera singer having sung with the Vienna State Opera, and performed at Lincoln Center. For many years she was an accomplished artist and voice teacher at her studios in Titusville and in New York City. A patron of the arts, she was an inspiration and a sponsor to undiscovered talent. She is accredited with co-forming "The Opera Project" located in Lambertville.
Deborah was the Jewish Community Center's Cultural Arts Director in Ewing where she co-founded the Carousel program for teens and young adults with special needs, and starred in the HBO special, "Apple Dreamers." For nearly 40 years she sang the "National Anthem" and "God Bless America" for the Titusville 4th of July Parade and was once recognized as the parade's guest of honor.
Deborah graduated from Trenton State College with a degree in speech therapy. She attended the Academy of Vocal Arts, Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, and University of California Berkeley music school.
Daughter of the late Max and Sylvia Covener, widow of Peter Paul Maher, she is survived by one son, Seth and his fiancé Ali, one brother, Stanford, her grandsons, Shane and Brendan, her granddaughter, Dewina, great-granddaughter, Eliana, two stepsons, Paul and Sean, her partner, Fred Cushman, beloved extended family and countless friends.
A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to "The Opera Project" at http://theoperaproject.us/1.html
Arrangements are under the direction of the Garefino Funeral Home in Lambertville. For further information or to send condolences visit www.GarefinoFuneralHome.com.