Louis H. Cohen, 98 years of age, of West Hartford, formerly of New Britain, died Monday, October 21, 2013 at Hartford Hospital. He was the husband of the late Virginia (Pinsker) Cohen. Born in New Britain, he was the son of the late William and Bessie (Bordowitz) Cohen. He served as a Captain in the Quartermaster Corps in the US Army during World War II. Following the War, he joined his father in the wholesale grocery business, William Cohen, Inc. In 1968 he joined Nemrow Brothers before he retired. Louis was a past president of the former Temple B’nai Israel in New Britain, and was currently a member of Congregation B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom of Bloomfield. He was a member of the synagogue choir and the Jewish Chorus of Palm Beach. He was a lover of classical music, especially opera and even performed with the New Britain Symphony in the production of La Boheme. He was also a member of the West Hartford Regents and the Jewish War Veterans.
He leaves his daughters, Judi Siegal and her husband Philip of Ocala, FL, and Valerie Lyons of Biddeford, ME; his sister, Rhoda C. Chase and her husband David T. Chase of West Hartford; and three grandchildren, Rebecca Vattuone and her husband Cristian, Darren Siegal, and Monica Lyons and three great-grandchildren, Giovanni Vattuone, Francesca Vattuone and Renzo Vattuone. He is also survived by his longtime companion, Gertrude Seletsky of West Hartford. He was predeceased by his brothers Morris Cohen, and Irving Eisenbaum; and by his sisters, Sadie Apter, and Shirley Farber.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in the Chapel of the Weinstein Mortuary, 640 Farmington Ave., Hartford with Rabbi Debra Cantor officiating. Interment will follow in Beth Alom Cemetery, Allen St., New Britain. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, 333 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford 06117. For further information, directions, or to sign the guest book for Louis, please visit online at www.weinsteinmortuary.com/funerals.cfm.