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Shirley Williams Cohen
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In memory of
Shirley Williams Cohen
Shirley Williams Cohen Speech pathologist, 88 Shirley Williams Cohen, 88, formerly of Springfield, N.J., and Penn Yan, N.Y., died peacefully on Aug. 12, 2019, after a long illness. Born in Elmira, N.Y., and raised in Penn Yan, Shirley's Great Depression childhood was brightened by the arts and education. Books, music, and opera were always in the home, and a great aunt sponsored her college education at SUNY Geneseo. She majored in teaching and music, and later earned a master's degree in speech at SUNY Buffalo. After marrying and moving to New Jersey, she taught in the Newark Public Schools. Later she was director of the Speech and Hearing Department at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, where she worked for 25 years, and was a member of a highly regarded cranial-facial surgical team. Shirley's greatest love was her family. She was the one who made sure all family milestones were celebrated with joy. She loved music, books, poetry, art, and birds. She was a social justice advocate and active Democrat. Shirley was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Gilbert Cohen, and by her brothers, twins Robert and Rodman Williams. She is survived by daughter, Susan Chanin; daughter, Cindy Paul and her husband, Peter Paul; grandson, Ross Chanin and his wife, Nicole Cadman Chanin, and their daughter, Adrian Chanin; grandsons, Jonathan Chanin, Jacob Paul, and Alexander Paul; brother, Lee Williams; sisters-in-law, Sally Williams and Mary Lou Williams; brother-in-law, Joseph Cohen; and two generations of nieces and nephews. Family and friends may visit on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 12 to 2 p.m. at The Brunswick Memorial Home, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, where a funeral service will be held during that time. For directions to the funeral home, please visit www.brunswickmemorialhome.com . Burial will take place on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m. at Lake View Cemetery, 426 Court Street, Penn Yan, N.Y. 14527. In Shirley's memory, the family asks to consider donations to Oxfam, an international hunger relief organization at www.oxfam.org .
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In memory of
Shirley Williams Cohen
Shirley Williams Cohen Speech pathologist, 88 Shirley Williams Cohen, 88, formerly of Springfield, N.J., and Penn Yan, N.Y., died peacefully on Aug. 12, 2019, after a long illness. Born in Elmira, N.Y., and raised in Penn Yan, Shirley's Great Depression childhood was brightened by the arts and education. Books, music, and opera were always in the home, and a great aunt sponsored her college education at SUNY Geneseo. She majored in teaching and music, and later earned a master's degree in speech at SUNY Buffalo. After marrying and moving to New Jersey, she taught in the Newark Public Schools. Later she was director of the Speech and Hearing Department at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, where she worked for 25 years, and was a member of a highly regarded cranial-facial surgical team. Shirley's greatest love was her family. She was the one who made sure all family milestones were celebrated with joy. She loved music, books, poetry, art, and birds. She was a social justice advocate and active Democrat. Shirley was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Gilbert Cohen, and by her brothers, twins Robert and Rodman Williams. She is survived by daughter, Susan Chanin; daughter, Cindy Paul and her husband, Peter Paul; grandson, Ross Chanin and his wife, Nicole Cadman Chanin, and their daughter, Adrian Chanin; grandsons, Jonathan Chanin, Jacob Paul, and Alexander Paul; brother, Lee Williams; sisters-in-law, Sally Williams and Mary Lou Williams; brother-in-law, Joseph Cohen; and two generations of nieces and nephews. Family and friends may visit on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 12 to 2 p.m. at The Brunswick Memorial Home, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, where a funeral service will be held during that time. For directions to the funeral home, please visit www.brunswickmemorialhome.com . Burial will take place on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m. at Lake View Cemetery, 426 Court Street, Penn Yan, N.Y. 14527. In Shirley's memory, the family asks to consider donations to Oxfam, an international hunger relief organization at www.oxfam.org .
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