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COHEN BARBARA N. COHEN Barbara Nathalie Cohen, sister of Paula Malinick, daughter of Nathan and Virginia Malinick, and former wife of Herbert Cohen, died peacefully at her home in Greenspring Village in Springfield, VA on July 15, 2014. She died one day short of her 81st birthday. She is survived by her children, Doug, Mitch, his wife Susan, and Adam and David Kranz. Born in Washington, DC, as were her parents and children, Barbara leaves friends she loved and many who had passed on before her. Friends were her passion - there was always so much to say, but so little time! She graduated from Arlington's Washington & Lee High School in 1951; she was a dental assistant in the 1950's and 1960's, and the 1980's. She and her partner, Jeanne Kranz, successfully ran "Jekyll's-Hide Leather," a leather crafts business, during the 1970's and also operated a franchise of "Renta Yenta", whose motto was "We'll do anything, as long as it's legal and kind." Barbara's favorite things, besides her friends and family, were "flowers, birds, tuna sandwiches and bagels." She often said that "she was built for comfort, but not for speed" and she indeed enjoyed a full life at her own pace that included lots of time for laughter and love for everyone who knew her. A graveside service will take place at King David Memorial Gardens, Falls Church, VA on Friday, July 18 at 10 a.m. Immediately following the ceremony, everyone is invited to the home of Mitch and Susan Cohen, 9584 Lindenbrook St., Fairfax, VA, for food and refreshments. The home is 15 minutes from the cemetery; directions to be provided. (Please note that the home is not handicapped-accessible.) For Greenspring residents, Doug, Mitch, and Susan will have a dinner at Greenspring Village in honor of Barbara at a date and time to be announced. The family will be receiving shiva visits at the home of Mitch and Susan Cohen, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, you are welcome to express your love and friendship with a contribution to a
. Arrangements are under the direction of Cunningham Turch Funeral Home, Alexandria, VA, under contract with the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington. www.cunninghamfuneralhome.net
Cunningham Funeral Home - Alexandria
811 Cameron Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Published in The Washington Post on July 17, 2014