Suzanne Verene Cohn Engman
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Suzanne Verene Cohn Engman

Des Moines - Suzanne Verene Cohn Engman died peacefully at the age of 81 on Sunday, November 15, 2020, with her family by her side. A private graveside service will be held at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Jewish Glendale Cemetery. The service will be livestreamed due to COVID-19 and the family asks the community to join this live stream link on Suzanne's obituary page on the funeral home website,, shortly before the service begins. Family and friends are also encouraged to use the online condolence tool located on the obituary page to express sympathies to the family.

Suzanne was born in Pocatello, Idaho and spent her early years in Montana, Minneapolis and then Waterloo. She was not only highly intelligent, but she was talented and beautiful, being voted Miss Waterloo and Miss Iowa runner-up. Suzanne married Larry Engman in 1959 and raised three children (David, Tracy and Rob), while completing BA, MA (Psychology) and JD degrees, all at Drake University. She had boundless energy, especially during law school, when she balanced homemaking, driving kids to lessons, performances and tournaments, and studying the law, typically falling asleep in the wee hours on a pile of law books, pens and legal pads. Suzanne served as Assistant Polk County Attorney for many years, after which she was a member and chair of the Des Moines Civil Service Commission. In the latter role, she counseled junior police officers both on legal aspects of their work and generally on how to be successful young professionals and earned the name "Mama Sue" for this role. Suzanne would occasionally accompany police on operations to advise on key elements of searches and arrests. She performed in many plays and musicals at the Des Moines Community Playhouse and enjoyed golf, tennis and travel with Larry and the children. Finally, Suzanne was active in Democratic politics, being a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, and was a strong supporter of a number of civic and Jewish causes, including founding Engman Camp Shalom with Larry. Suzanne will be remembered for her love of family, ability to repair almost anything in the home, sense of humor, outstanding cooking and her caring and nurturing nature, reflected in her children and grandchildren.

The most important thing in Suzanne's life was her family. She is survived by her loving husband Larry, sister Marcia Cohn Lieberman, son David Engman, daughter-in-law Luz Engman, grandchildren Audrey and Nathan Engman, daughter Tracy Finkelshteyn, grandchildren Becca and Anya Finkelshteyn, son Robert Engman, daughter-in-law Kristin Engman and grandchildren Ben and Charlie Jones. Suzanne was predeceased by her parents Irving and Verene Cohn. May her memory be a blessing.

Memorial contributions may be made to Engman Camp Shalom in care of the Des Moines Jewish Federation.

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Published in the Des Moines Register from Nov. 16 to Nov. 17, 2020.
Graveside service
02:30 PM
Jewish Glendale Cemetery
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November 21, 2020
A wonderful lady I had the pleasure of trying cases together, may she Rest In Peace.
Jim piazza
November 18, 2020
We are so very sorry. Please know we are keeping you all in our thoughts. May her memory be a blessing.
Sheila and Roger Hudson
November 18, 2020
Suzanne was a great friend and led me through my early years as an Assistant Polk County Attorney. As a neighbor we talked over the years and reminisced . A beautiful, kind person, I am so glad to have had her counsel and respect. Our sincere condolences. Judge Odell McGhee and Jacquie Easley.3113 Southern Hills Drive, DSM 50321
Odell MCGhee
November 17, 2020
A lovely woman.
Gracious kind loving generous. I'll never forget those traits..they were actual gifts.
One human to another human.
She was a magic cook, I remember her food ,I remember her care and advice,
I remember how she took care of her family and also her friends and Neighbors. She was respectful to everybody.
It's been a long time but I remember her well.
I'm truly sorry for your loss and wish you only the the best memories...know that you had a wonderful woman, wife, mother , daughter, and friend in your life. A precious soul forever in your heart.
November 17, 2020
Suzanne was a bright light in Des Moines. Whether it was in the practice of law or in Democratic politics our time with Suzanne was always high energy and filled with optimism. Our love to her entire family.
Jerry and Linda Crawford
November 17, 2020
Dear Uncle Larry, David, Tracy, Rob and Families,

We will miss Aunt Sue. She was a very loving and welcoming lady. We will miss our times together. She was always so kind to us, and very supportive. She will live in our hearts forever.
May her memory be a blessing.

Love, Shelley & Annie
Shelley Engman
November 16, 2020
To Uncle Larry, David, Tracy, Rob and families,
I am so sad to hear about Aunt Sue. She was so much fun and I remember many holiday meals at their house. She had such spunk and was a joy to be around. She will be greatly missed. All our love to all of you!
Emily, Howie, Stevie and Billie
Emily Paper
November 16, 2020
Sending thoughts and prayers to the Engman family at this time.
Robert Shearer
November 16, 2020
I have great memories of such interesting conversations with Suzanne in New Buffalo MI, that combined intellect and humor, a very rare gift. She had the strength of a warrior, and the kindness of an angel. May you Rest In Peace. My condolences to all she loved and all who loved her.
Roberta Cappello
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