Rosalea Cohn, 90


EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rosalea (Elowitz) Cohn of Providence died  Jan. 16. She was married to the late Newton B. Cohn for 56 years. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Joseph J. and Celia (Weinfield) Elowitz. She was a graduate of Hope High School and the University of Rhode Island.

As an accountant, she worked in the CPA practice of her late husband. She also served in many philanthropic capacities: secretary of The Miriam Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, treasurer of the Silver Haired Legislature and president of the Sisterhood of Temple Beth-El.  She served as president of Temple Beth-El: the first woman to hold the position.  Later she was honored as a lifetime trustee of Temple Beth-El. 

She is survived by her daughters Ellen S. Cohn and her partner Robert Schwell of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Anne Martha Pitegoff and her husband John G. Pitegoff of West Hartford, Connecticut; grandchildren, Erica Sugarman and her husband, Jeremy Seavey, Curtis and Molly Pitegoff; sister Dorothy Kosto and her husband, Morton Kosto, brother Murray Elowitz and his wife, Phyllis Elowitz, and her brother-in-law Howard Rosenberg. She was predeceased by her sister Charlotte Rosenberg.

Donations can be made to the Newton B. Cohn Fund at Temple Beth-El or the charity of your choice.

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