Karen S. Allen, of New Rochelle and Valhalla, passed away on August 24, 2020. Born March 7, 1940 in Lima, Ohio to Simon and Opal (Parlette) Allen, she studied at the University of Tulsa and received her Master’s degree in Social Work from St. Louis University. In addition to her career as a mental health social worker at Albert Einstein Hospital, Bronx, NY, she was an avid fan of opera singer, Kiri TeKanawa, and traveled the world to attend her performances. She was also active in many cultural groups in her New Rochelle community, and helped to co-found Tutti Bravi Productions, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring the history of Westchester through theatrical productions. A published author of a self-help book for MS sufferers, she wrote the first production for the company, an opera highlighting the life of former New Rochelle singer, Ellabelle Davis. Her love of books and reading made her a dedicated supporter of the New Rochelle Public Library, where she devoted many hours as a volunteer in the local history section. She also volunteered at the Humane Society where she enjoyed many hours in the cat room. She loved being called “the crazy cat lady!” Friends lovingly remember her as an intrepid spirit — small in stature, but with a gigantic heart! She was pre-deceased by her siblings Neil Allen, Stan Allen and Arlene Humphrey, as well as her beloved cat, Kiri-Kiri. Surviving family members include nieces and nephews Mark Allen Humphrey (Phyllis) of King City, Missouri; MaryAnn Benz of Casselberry, Florida; Michelle Marks (Martin) of St. Joseph, Missouri; Debra Hoffman (Galen) and Sheryl Ashley (William) of Huntington, Indiana; Linda Riggle (Mark) of Carmel, Indiana; Neil James Allen of Findlay, Ohio; Eileen Lane (Rex) of Otsego, Michigan; and David Allen (Kathy) of Elyria, Ohio. She is also survived by 16 great-nieces and nephews. One great-nephew pre-deceased her. Interment will be private, with a memorial service to be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The New Rochelle Public Library, Tutti Bravi Productions, the Humane Society of Westchester, or Multiple Sclerosis Foundation of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
My mom, my best friend, my guiding light has moved on from this plane. Sevenroses, Rosalie Hibbert Campbell was kind, generous, helpful, and the smartest woman I know! She was an amazing force of nature with the most beautiful smile that would brighten the darkest moments with its light! Her transition from this began on 5/23/2020 when her physicians thought she had a serious stomach issue. During that week she was diagnosed with cancer. She received surgery to remove the tumor, but the cancer was aggressive and would not release its hold on her body! . During the valiant battle for her life. She endured 4 surgeries, a full hysterectomy and two chemo infusions before being told that she may not survive another infusion. She fought until the bitter end because she was not the type of woman to give up. My mother was never one to throw in the towel and give up
She grew up in Jamaica WI, and received a scholarship to go to University/College in Venezuela. She returned to Jamaica to give birth to me and was then offered an opportunity by her sister, my aunt Lil, to immigrate to America for a better life. My mother refused to leave me in Jamaica, and brought me with to begin her next chapter. She Received her Bachelors in Psychology from the college of New Rochelle. She Married to Barrington Campbell, My father, in December of 1989 and once again returned to Jamaica where she continued to work to provide for her family.
When I was 18, she decided to go back to college and pursue a higher degree. She attended Columbia university and Graduated with her Masters in technology. She would always stress the importance of an education which is an ethic I was sure to pass on to my child. 20 years ago, she started to work at Windward School. She was very proud and dedicated to her job at the school. She looked forward to work every day, even in her last days she attempted to work remotely. By watching her example I learned the importance of living up to my greatest potential
She would tell me stories of her childhood and how she loved to dance. She was even on TV and danced on a show in Jamaica. She did it all, from ballroom to salsa, and any other dance you could think of. Some of my fondest memories are of her calling me late at night to tell me about her late night adventures in a salsa classroom, or hanging out with her closest friends. Those friends eventually became her travel buddies. A cruise to Cuba and trip to Washington DC were her most memorable times with her friends. Not only friendly, my mother was good, honest and always fair about the situations. She respected other people’s points of view and I strive to match her when I move through this world, sometimes in the most difficult of circumstances. My mother taught me to persevere.
My mother loved her family dearly and always wished them the best in life, and even though relations may have been strained with some. Her outlook on love and family taught me to do the same, because my mother lead by example, not just by the force of her word. She would always tell me to be a good person and live life to the fullest. Her passing is not the end because she lives on in her teachings, our time together and my heart.
Max Jacobowitz, 96, died July 16, 2020 with his family by his side in New York, New York. A graveside service with military honors was held Sunday in Greenwich, Connecticut at Hebrew Cemetery on Memory Lane.
Max was born May 1, 1924 in New York City to Fannie and Joseph Jacobowitz. His father was to become one of the largest purveyors of street pushcarts in New York City.
Max spent summers at the beach in Long Island and up on Saratoga Lake. After high school he joined the United States Navy and was a proud shipmate stationed on the USS Iowa and attached to the Pacific Fleet’s 4th Division where he operated the 5-inch twin gun mount #10 against attacking Japanese fighter planes. He served aboard from 1942-1946 where he traveled throughout the Pacific. He had many great stories and memories, including the time where he assisted in lifting President Roosevelt on and off the ship. Max was presented with the American Theater ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater ribbon with Star Device and the Philippine Liberation ribbon with two Star Devices.
After he left the Navy, Max went to watch-making school for two years. In 1948 he met his wife Lila on a blind date. Three months later they were married and remained married for 54 years. Besides being married they also co-owned Capital Jewelers in Port Chester, New York. Lila used to always say it was like they were married double the amount of years because they worked and were married. Max had the great insight to buy the building that his store was in. He was always very proud of that.
He was an active member of the Port Chester Elks Club and enjoyed being a member of the Doral Swim Club. His interests included family, playing poker and pool, reading the newspaper, swimming, watching the Yankees and watching Westerns.
Max is survived by his daughters, Francine Kabnick (Earl) of New Rochelle, New York; Elaine Patell (Ronald) of Tarpon Springs, Florida; granddaughters Ingrid Kabnick and Jaqueline Sherland (Mike); and great-grandchildren Andrew and Liam Sherland. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lila R. Jacobowitz.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Disabled American Veterans
Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-5447
Lucy M. Penna a longtime resident of Pelham, died on July 6, 2020. She was 91.
Lucy was born on November 6, 1928 in the Bronx to the late Michael and Mary (Gianninoto) Mansueto.
Lucy was the proprietor of Bob Penna Travel in the Bronx, which she established with her husband Robert. She was a member of IATA and several other travel organizations. She graduated from Hunter College.
She is survived by her son Dr. Robert Penna and his wife Elise, her daughter Gina Marie Angiulo and her husband Tony; her grandchildren: William (Laua) Carney, Capt. Dr. Matthew Carney, Sara (Joey) Lipsey, Gianni Angiulo. She is also survived by 3 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her Husband Robert M. Penna and her sons William J. Penna and Christian Penna.
Visiting hours will be Monday 4-8pm at George T. Davis Funeral Home LLC, 16 Shea Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Tuesday 10:30am at Blessed Sacrament Church. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
“Lewis Cohen – President of I.B. Cohen Inc. of New Rochelle, N.Y. passes away at age 88”
Lewis Cohen, President of I.B. Cohen Inc. of New Rochelle N.Y., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 22nd in Hollywood, FL from Covid-19 complications. Mr. Cohen is survived by his wife, Maryce, his daughter, Lauren Dignam (Peter), his grandsons, Jack, Cole and Sam, and his son Richard. In addition, he is survived by his two sisters – Sandra Bloch and Diana Chudnoff of New Jersey, as well as a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and lifelong friends. Lewis Cohen was the son of the late Nathan and Eunice Cohen of New Rochelle, N.Y.
As the third generation to own and operate the I.B. Cohen store at 525 Main Street, one of Westchester County’s oldest family businesses – at 130 years, Mr. Cohen continued the legacy created by his grandfather, I.B. Cohen, who, with his wife, Ada, established the New Rochelle phase of his business in 1890.
Lewis Cohen was educated in New Rochelle schools and graduated from the University of Illinois where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity. Following his college years, Mr. Cohen served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force in the 1950’s and was stationed in England and Karachi, Pakistan when a collective security alliance was then in existence. Mr. Cohen’s Air Force service in Pakistan made a strong impression on him for the rest of his life.
No history of the I.B. Cohen store per se can be written without alluding to its cache as a luxurious emporium of immense size where only the finest merchandise and premier product lines were offered for sale. The wide array of clothing options attracted clientele that included- Yankee icon, Lou Gehrig, William and Page Black of the Chock Full of Nuts Coffee company and even, actor, Jimmy Stewart.
A private funeral service will be held from Mt. Eden Cemetery. A memorial and celebration of life will be announced and held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are welcome and may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association.
https://www.alz.org/nca/donate or Donate by phone: 703.359.4440 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm) 800.272.3900 (24/7)
Solveig Bruun passed away peacefully on April 24, 2020. She is survived by her son Erik Bruun, sister Freyja, brother Haakon Bruun and mother Mei-Chi and is predeceased by her father Rembrandt.
All services are private.
Joan Blondell Burroughs-Stone sunrise was on April 18, 1940 in Sumpter, South Carolina. Her sunset was on Monday, April 20, 2020 at New York City St. Lukes Hospital. Joan was born to Henry Burroughs of Timersville, SC and Elizebeth Albert-Burroughs of Sumpter, SC. Her life succumbed to COVID 19, the disease caused by the Coronavirus during the historical pandemic that swept across the world beginning in November 2019. At the time of her sunset she resided in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Joan was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, sister in law, aunt and cousin. Her siblings are Geneva, Barbara (Tahirah), Henry (Sabor), Ronald, Audrey, Herman, Gregory (Khalief) and an Aunt Rose. Joan grew up in Harlem at the Steven Forster Housing Complex which was later renamed Martin Luther King Towers. While residing there she met her childhood sweetheart Edward Louis Stone Sr. who she later married and shared three beautiful children; Edward Louis Stone Jr., Gerrick Demetrius Stone Sr. and Tonja Motaka Stone-Deleston. Joan and Louis later moved to the Woodrow Wilson Housing Development Complex off the FDR Drive in Harlem where they raised their family.
She attended Seward Park High School in New York City and worked as a domestic engineer rearing her children full-time. After her children became of age, she served in banking for Chemical and Chase Banks. While working at the bank she successfully completed her GED in 1990.
Her first love and life’s work was her family. She enjoyed family, friends, dancing, social gatherings, music (especially Smokey Robinson), movies and a good novel. She loved family meals. Some of her favorite foods were fried and baked chicken, rice, collard greens, string beans, lima beans and oxtail, and can’t forget her hotdogs and pickles was a must. Anyone who knew her cooking requested her infamous crispy fried chicken.
Her life’s motto was “Family First.” She believed in God and wherever she went, he was in her heart. She enjoyed talk shows and documentaries. She had a friendly fun-loving spirit that loved to joke and laugh. She was charitable with her time and home. She always welcomed her family with open arms. She never passed judgment and always maintained a positive demeanor. She often allowed family members to temporarily stay with her when in need. Her generosity extended to rearing a few nieces and nephews as her own. Her house was the go-to house, a safe haven and a place of peace. She had a love for dogs and animal print clothing. If you were considering a gift from the heart to brighten her day, you could never go wrong with anything leopard. She would absolutely love it.
Joan is survived by her children; Edward Louis Stone (Kymmau), Gerrick Demetrius Stone (Mechey/Tau), and Tonja Motaka Stone-Deleston and her son-in-law, William Deleston; her grandchildren; Louie, Temetrius (Joannie), Ebanasia (April), William (Billie), Tonja (Taka), Darell, Imani, Shawanda, Juwan, Gerrick Jr., Toya, Ta-Neter, Tep-Ra; her sisters, Tahirah, Audrey; her brothers Herman and Gregory, her Aunt Rose, and a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and in laws.
She was predeceased by her mother, Elizabeth, her father Henry, her sister Geneva, her brothers Henry (Sabor) and Ronald, her ex-husband Edward and her granddaughter Shaquanna.
Words cannot describe how much she will be missed, how much she is loved, and the space that can never be filled. Joan was the epitome of what it meant to be a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and cousin, purely the best. She was a walking angel on earth who has now found her wings in heaven. The footprints she left shall forever remain in the hearts of those who known and loved her and for that she will forever be celebrated.
Services are private.
“God has plucked one of His most precious flowers from His beautiful garden. Scented with love; brightened with vivid color, the lingering joy that Joan Burroughs Stone spread throughout her family and world lives on forever and ever. Rest in Peace gentle flower.”
Love~ Peace ~ Happiness
Joan Frances Epps succumbed to COVID-19 at the age of 89 on April 21, 2020 at her current residence, Wartburg Assisted Living, Mount Vernon, NY.
Joan was born in New York City on August 2, 1930 to Margaret and Henry Epps. She now joins her parents and older sister Rosemary Brennan-Eddy. Joan and her family moved to New Rochelle in her early years. She attended Albert Leonard Middle School and New Rochelle High School. Upon graduation from HS, she attended Adelphi University in Garden City, NY on a full academic scholarship, and then Katherine Gibbs for courses in Travel and Conference Planning. These courses led to Joan’s employment at General Foods Corporate headquarters in White Plains, NY, as their Corporate Conference Planner. This position it gave her the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the United States. She retired in 1995 from General Foods after a major reorganization. She moved on to work at Belle Prints in Manhattan, a textile company owned and staffed by women as their Office Manager. The ladies became fast friends outside the office. She also worked part time as Office Assistant at Grace Episcopal Church in White Plains, NY assisting with all their local events.
After full retirement Joan joined the New Rochelle YMCA where she took water aerobic classes twice a week and where she built up a social network. Joan loved to cook and entertain her friends. Whenever there was a gathering, she was sure to bring a scrumptious dish, and share her famous recipes with others. She loved to travel. Whenever the opportunity arose her bags were packed. She was ready to go anywhere in the US and other countries, especially Mexico and the Caribbean. Along the way she made many lifelong friends. Joan loved the sun and being near the water. On a good day you would find her sitting down at Davenport Park in her lounge chair, reading a book or having lunch. She could not wait for the summer months to arrive. She was off on weekends to Fire Island where she shared a beach house with friends for many years. Joan was an avid fan of Downing Abbey series and would called friends to discuss each episode.
Joan lived in New Rochelle, NY for most of her life until she moved to an assisted living facility. Joan is survived by her cousins, Marilyn Mann (Dallas, Ga.), Brenda Terry
(Mount Vernon, NY), Goddaughter, Elizabeth Dayes-Dolan, (Tampa, Fla), Godson, Yshak Martinez, Stamford, (CT.) and her adopted family Dinorah, Ricardo Martinez, their sons, Sahmeb, Abidjan (New Rochelle, NY.) and Ann Pore (Mount Vernon, NY.) and a host of cousins and friends. She will be missed and always remembered and cherished as a true friend.
Rest now you are in the arms of the angels
Donations in Joan’s memory can be made to American Breast Cancer Foundation
All services are private
Minnie Pearl Perry, a longtime resident of NYC died on April 12, 2020. She was 76.
Funeral Service will be private