Steven R. Cohen in honor of Genevieve K. Cohen
Established by Steven R. Cohen in honor of his mother Genevieve K. Cohen (1929-2018).
Genevieve K. Cohen of Middletown, NY was the beloved wife of Marvin H. Cohen for 63 years. She was a remarkable woman who, after raising four children, was a teaching assistant at Truman Moon Elementary and then earned her real estate license. She renovated several historic homes in Middletown and was most proud of renovating two mansions designed by local architect Frank Lindsey: 64 Grand Avenue and 140 Highland Avenue. She transformed the former Stern Mansion, later the Earle Nursing Home, into nine apartments that she named Highland Manor. In 1995, Genevieve and Marvin moved into one of the apartments and Genevieve got great satisfaction from providing many people with the opportunity for gracious living in two of Middletown’s finest homes.
Genevieve enjoyed traveling with her family throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as overseas. Her most memorable trips were their 5-week honeymoon car trip in 1955 across the U.S. and Canada (before the interstate highways) and her first overseas trip to Europe in 1965. It was there that she fell in love with Switzerland and returned there several times with her children. Her travels took her to the Soviet Union, Poland, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Peru. Marvin, Steven and she also cruised through the Panama Canal.
The youngest of seven, Genevieve was born in Brooklyn and moved to South Main Street, Florida, NY in 1935. She graduated from S.S. Seward Institute as valedictorian (1947) and earned her degree from Orange County Community College (1955) while working at the National Bank of Middletown in the Trust Department. She was past President of the Middletown Jaycees and a long-time member of the Board of the Middletown and Wallkill Historical Society.