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Cohen, Selma Bandel

Selma Bandel Cohen, June 7, 2015

(St. Louis) -

August 11, 1991 (Abq)

It's been 25 years & we miss her greatly every day & cherish her memory.

She was the daughter of Hungarian immigrants, a survivor of the Great Depression, a Navy veteran officer serving stateside as an RN from 1942-1944, who went to college and graduate school on the GI Bill, & then into teaching; starting with the Head Start Program where she was one of the founding educators. She later had a 17 year career in teaching, finishing at Old Town Elementary, always being very grateful to Lenton Mallory for hiring her at Lowell for her first job at APS.

Her Jewish faith was very important to her and she was a long time and dedicated member of Congregation Albert. Rabbi Shor always said she was the finest Sunday School teacher in the history of the Temple. The Cohen Family Garden at the Congregation was dedicated to her and her family's honor, which made her touched and proud.

Selma was also named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary. She was an enthusiastic docent at the Albuquerque Museum & world traveler in retirement, not to mention her love of reading, movies (especially at the Guild), and being a news junkie. And, her love of her Shepherd mix dog Jazzie. Her fellow docents honored her with a wall memorial at the Museum.

Everyone in Abq loved Selma & were all very appreciative of her touching their lives & were very saddened at her passing. She always felt that everyone should be treated warmly & with respect; that to her was simply being civilized.

She loved her husband Barney, children & grandchildren and cared for them deeply, who are all very proud of her to this day and forever. All of her children and grandchildren graduated from Graduate school at some of the nation's finest universities, thanks to her stress on education. She believed in the helping professions and inspired people to enter them.

Selma would have been very proud of the beloved wife of Matthew E. Cohen, considering her to be her son's greatest honor. She wanted nothing more than her children all be close after her death.

She died of PBS after courageously battling the disease for 20 years under the care of Dr. H. Danemann.

Of blessed memory, may she continue to rest in peace. She is buried at Fairview in the Congregation Albert section.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Aug. 14, 2016
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