Sun City West, Ariz. – Norma (Sands) Baker 87 of Sun City West, Ariz. passed away on Feb 27. Born in London, England May 13, 1926 to the late Yetta and Samuel Sands, she is survived by her husband Robert of 68 years, daughters Yvette (Harvey) Kaplan of Ariz., Susan (Michael) Markus of Ariz., grandson David Markus of Gainesville, Fla., Step granddaughters Sherie Kaplan of St Louis, Mo., Kim Kaplan of St Louis, Mo. and Christa Markus of Columbus, Ohio. She is also survived by her sister Marion Kenrick of Boynton Beach, Fla.
She met her husband as a teenager while he was serving in the military in London during WW II. After the war, they settled in his native RI and raised their daughters in Cranston. Norma was involved in the Cranston Jewish Center, serving as President of the Sisterhood for many years. She retired to Boynton Beach, Fla. In recent years, they moved to Ariz.
altProvidence, R.I. – Harold L. Cohen died February 28. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Samuel and Ida (Tabor) Cohen and the husband of the late Elaine (Levine) Cohen for 50 years. A Classical High School graduate, he established and ran United Paper Stock Company for decades spanning World War II with a childhood friend. He was discharged as an Army Staff Sergeant after serving in the South Pacific Theater for the war’s duration. Just shy of his 85th birthday, he achieved his lifelong goal of earning a Brown University Bachelor’s degree, thereby becoming Brown’s oldest graduate. He furthered his quest for learning through more than a decade of active participation in the Brown Community Learning in Retirement program.
Twice a Director of Temple Beth-El, of which he was a 60-year member, he supported myriad Jewish and broader community causes. He served as Chairman of the Service Corps of Retired Executives and thereafter as a SCORE counselor. A Jewish Community Center board member, he later became a JCC Honorary Director. He was a member of the Jewish War Veterans, the To Kalon Club, and Ledgemont Country Club. He became a Roosevelt Lodge mason in 1949 and achieved 32nd degree Scottish Rite masonry in 1962.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Hilary and Neal Zwicker, as well as three nephews and their families. He was the brother of the late Ruth L. Cohen, Annette Blumberg, Sumner A. Cohen, and Eleanor R. Weinberg.
Donations in his memory may be directed to the Harold L. Cohen ’01 Scholarship, c/o Rick Marshall, Brown University, P.O. Box 1893, Providence, RI 02912.
CUMBERLAND, R.I. – Alexander H. Hanna of Cumberland died February 16 at The Miriam Hospital in Providence. He was the husband of the late Irene J. Hanna. Born in the Bronx, N.Y., he was the son of the late Jack and Pauline (Cazes) Hanna. He resided in Cumberland for 41 years. He was a 1948 graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from City College of New York in 1952. He was employed as an image and camera tube engineer with Amperex Electronic Corp., North Smithfield, RI for 22 years before retiring in 1993. A long-time member of Congregation B’nai Israel in Woonsocket, he served on its Board of Directors and was a regular at the Saturday morning minyan for many years. He was also a past-president of the Woonsocket Lodge of B’nai Brith. He enjoyed grilling, gardening and photography. He leaves his daughters, Pauline Finkelstein and her husband Stuart of Waltham, Mass., Caroline Matera and her husband Richard of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Cynthia Goldman and her husband Glenn of Bellingham, Mass., Heather Hanna of Cumberland and two grandchildren, Jenna and Meilin Goldman.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Beatrice K. Hohenemser of Providence died March 5 at the Greenville Nursing Center.
She was the wife of the late Manfred Hohenemser and the daughter of the late Benjamin and Eva (Knopow) Pickar. She was a resident of the East Side of Providence for 68 years, as well as a resident of the City of Warwick, living at Wethersfield Commons for 20 years. She was the owner of Southern Textile located on South Main St., Providence; she was a bookkeeper for the Department of the Navy, Quonset Naval Base, North Kingstown, R.I., as well as the co-owner of Twin Vending Service Co., with her husband for 33 years. She was a graduate of Hope High School, Class of 1942. She was a former member of Temple Emanu-el and its sisterhood. She was a member of B’Nai Brith, Hadassah, and the Cranston Senior Guild. She was a Weight Watchers lecturer in R.I. in the 1970s, known for classes with no less than 100 people in each class. She also volunteered at the Miriam Hospital Emergency Room, working with stroke victims.
Mother of Robyn Hohenemser-Golden and husband Jeffrey of Cranston, Brina Herskovits and husband Zvi of East Brunswick, N.J., and Marsha Addessi and husband Frank of Cranston. She was the sister of the late Ruth Rosen and Roselyn Hope Knopow. She was the grandmother of Chava, Julia, Erica, Mya, Michelle, Eli and Ashely and was a great-grandmother of seven.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s CURE Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 2543, Providence, RI or www.alzcure.org.