Anna B. Cohen (nee Bigelman) Cohen age 98 years young, passed away on Saturday January 2nd surrounded by her daughters and granddaughters. Predeceased by her loving husband Morton, Anna was the beloved mother of Edie Eileen (Matthew) Elkan and Marcy L. (Manny) Spigler, dearest Mom-mom to granddaughters Lisa (Cyrus) Nalawala, Brooke (David) Cohen, Cheryl Spigler, Rachel Spigler (Will Trask), Elizabeth (Kendall) Soltys and grandsons Michael Elkan and Richard Elkan and to great grandsons Eli, Jason, Vaughn and Trent and great granddaughters Lilah, Samantha, Jordyn and Lia. A native Philadelphian, she was a proud 1935 graduate of Simon Gratz High School, going on to study journalism at Temple University. For 23 years she worked as a bookkeeper and accounting supervisor at Trimfit Company Ltd., as she simultaneously raised her two daughters, ran her busy household, and devoted herself tirelessly to helping countless others. She served on the Executive Board of Temple Beth Torah in various positions and was active in that synagogue’s Sisterhood. Later she and Morton became members of Keneseth Israel (KI) in Elkins Park, where they regularly attended services and actively participated in a variety of events and causes. In 1973 she co-founded the Northeast Interfaith Congress and was active in that organization for the next 17 years. During that same time, she devoted herself to the Northeast Chapter of the Jewish Community Relations Council’s (JCRC) Soviet Jewry Council (14 years), served as Vice Chairman for 3 years and was on their Speakers Bureau for 8 years, focusing on anti-Semitism, Jews in politics, Israel, and interfaith understanding. Her compassion for those in need knew no bounds—she enthusiastically collected funds and found resources for them. Family meant the world to her and beyond that, Anna felt called to do whatever she could to improve the world and humanity. She never sought recognition for her good deeds but received many honors; among them: “Woman of the Year” (1989) by her Abba Eban Hadassah Chapter; the “Scroll of Honor” for her distinguished and dedicated service to her congregation and community by UAHC’s Pennsylvania Council (1991); and the “Legion of Honor Award” by the Chapel of Four Chaplains for her outstanding community service. She will forever live in the hearts of all who loved her and whose lives she touched. Funeral services were held on Monday, January 4th at Joseph Levine & Sons in Trevose. Interment followed at Shalom Memorial Park. Contributions in her memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
JOSEPH LEVINE and SONS