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  • "Dear Peggy, Michael, and Rachel, I am sure your mother will..."
    - Norman Cohen
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A strong, independent, intelligent and stubborn lady, Helen died on December 4, just a few months shy of her 95th birthday. She intensely loved her family, deeply cared for her friends, and found a new focus for her contempt after the last presidential election. Generous to many, and consistently voting against her self-interest in order to benefit others less fortunate, she also clipped grocery store coupons with religious fervor. She held herself to high ethical standards, yet shamelessly took advantage of the generous return policy at Bed, Bath & Beyond. She demanded that her only memorial be a cocktail party in her honor. This will be done. All in all, it is doubtful we shall ever see her like again.

Published in The New York Times on Dec. 5, 2017