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COHEN, Dr. Martha Ruth

October 14, 1920 – February 26, 2015

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our dear mother and one of Calgary’s foremost humanitarians and philanthropists, Dr. Martha Cohen, at the age of 94 years.

Trained as a social worker, Martha was a driving force behind the creation of many social and cultural institutions including Jewish Family Service Calgary, Mount Royal College, and the Calgary Centre for the Performing Arts.

Martha was predeceased by her beloved husband, Dr. Harry Cohen in 1990. She was a cherished mother and mother-in-law of Philip, Cheryl, David, Faye & Stacey Hersh; and grandmother to Hannah and Liza Hersh. The Cohen family would especially like to thank her caretakers, Angela Tabang, Susan Salvino, Caridad Grad and Wendy McJunkin and her family doctor Dr. Jacklyn Safran.

Funeral Services will be held at the Beth Tzedec Synagogue, (1325 Glenmore Trail SW) on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. with interment to follow at Erlton Street Cemetery (Erlton Street and 30th Avenue). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Harry & Martha Cohen Foundation, #550, 1640 – 16th Avenue NW, Calgary, AB T2M 0L6.

Arrangements in care of the CHEVRA KADISHA OF CALGARY, Telephone: 403-244-4717.

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  1. My deep condolences over your families loss. She was a generous and kind leader in the Calgary community.

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