NEWPORT, R.I. – Marcia V. (Cohen) Zisman of Newport, formerly of Barrington, passed away Feb. 6, 2023, at Village House in Newport. She was the loving wife of the late Bernard Zisman. They were married for 52 fun-filled years.
Born in Everett, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Beatrice (Weiss) Cohen. She grew up in Taunton, graduating with the high school class of 1949. Marcia studied fashion design at the Rhode Island School of Design prior to marriage and then joined Bern in Texas and Salzburg where he was stationed during the Korean War.
Marcia was a very talented artist who brought inspiration to all around her. Cooking was a favorite pastime and all holidays and celebrations took place in Marcia’s home with as many friends and family as possible. She was instrumental in forming a gourmet club with her friends, making amazing dinner experiences. She was a member of Temple Habonim’ s Sisterhood for many years and worked diligently and lovingly on their Butterfingers cookbook.
Marcia and Bernie owned BZ Engineering Corporation in Lincoln. Marcia and close friend, Rhoda Gran, owned The Jewelry Loft in Warren, where they sold beautiful jewelry and Marcia’s decorative painted items. In later years, Marcia started teaching decorative painting in her very warm and inviting 1886 home, which was the perfect setting for artists.
Survivors include: two children, David Zisman and his wife, Maria, of Reno, Nevada and Stacey Carter and her husband, Scott, of Middletown; three granddaughters, Aliya (Carter) Eichacker newly married to Nathan of Coventry, Connecticut; Ava Zisman of Zephyrhills, Florida, and Sofia Zisman of Reno; brother Lewis Cohen and his wife, Ella (Shenkyn), of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and very special cousins, nieces and nephews.
Contributions in her honor may be made to Temple Habonim, Marjorie Blowers Temple Beautification Fund, 165 New Meadow Road, Barrington, RI 02806 or Visiting Nurse Home and Hospice, 1184 E. Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871.