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Doris J. Cohen

January 21, 1925 ~ July 30, 2020 (age 95)


Doris J. Cohen (Dorrie), age 95, formerly of Scranton, Pa., passed away on July 30, 2020, in Encinitas, Calif., after a long struggle with vascular dementia. She was surrounded by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Michael Berlin, the caring attendants of Leucadia House and the Elizabeth Hospice, and daughter, Barbara Cohen Itzkowitz, through the wonders of the internet.

Although Dorrie was born in Reading, Pa., to Rose Waetzman Slavitz and Meyer Slavitz, she lived most of her life in Scranton, Pa., and in later years resided in Boynton Beach, Fla. She was married for 47 years to Scranton native David A. Cohen, who preceded her in death. Her parents, her sister, Charlotte Ann Slavitz Frank, (E. Rene Frank), who was affectionately known to everyone as Cissy, her aunt (Florence Slavitz), and her stepmother, Fannye Mittleman Slavitz, also passed away years before.

Dorrie studied fashion design at Pratt Institute, New York City, where she learned to tailor dresses and coats. Prior to marriage, she was employed in Scranton by Sardison's as assistant manager of ladies' dresses, and by the Barre Supply Company. She was a longtime active member of Madison Avenue Temple (Temple Hesed), as its Sisterhood president and served on its Snowball committee. Dorrie also was a Brownie Leader, Girl Scout Leader, loved Mahjong, golf, bowling, arts and crafts, movies, theater and making special "concoctions" in her kitchen. In later life she was able to enjoy traveling and cruising abroad with Florida friends. For many years she devoted herself to the well being and caretaking of her husband, father, aunt and stepmother.

Dorrie is survived by three loving daughters, Barbara Cohen Itzkowitz (Ted), Blue Bell, Pa.; Sandra Cohen (Marc Terziev), Sunnyvale, Calif.; and Carolyn Cohen Berlin (Michael), Encinitas, Calif. In addition, she was the proud grandmother of five surviving adoring grandchildren, Rachel Mokotoff Infante (Todd) Marietta, Ga.; Sarah Mokotoff Hanzman (Jami), Marietta, Ga.; Evan Berlin (Emily Brett), Denver, Colo.; Jonathan Berlin, Seattle, Wash.; Jeffrey Terziev, Washington, D.C. Finally, Dorrie is also survived by four precious great grandchildren, and four nieces. Her family will remember her as someone who cared about life, was always impeccably "put-together" and whose goodness will remain in our hearts forever.

Due to COVID-19, a private burial service officiated by Rabbi Daniel Swartz will take place on Sunday, Aug. 30, in Temple Hesed Cemetery, Dunmore, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dorrie's memory may be made to any charity of the donor's choice .

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Private Services

Temple Hesed Cemetery
West Warren Street
Dunmore, PA 18512

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