Resident Spotlight: Zelda Cohen | Imperial Club

Resident Spotlight: Zelda Cohen

Zelda Chernin Cohen was born in Wilkes Barre, Pa. on January 11, 1921 to Alex & Henrietta Chernin. She is the oldest of five children. Zelda went to school in Wilkes Barre, Pa. and after graduating from Coughlin High School, she was married at the young age of 19 to Irving Cohen in 1940. They had two sons, Myron & Gary and then moved to South Florida, where Irving got a job with a roofing company. They moved from South Miami to North Miami and joined, North Dade Jewish Center, where Zelda became PTA President. There, Irving & Zelda taught Sunday school for 10 years. During this time they had two more sons, Norman & Benett. In 1967 Zelda went to work for Dade County School System, as a teacher’s assistant and worked her way to be the Registrar at Ojus Elementary for 35 years. She actually retired three times within two years. Irving & Zelda sold their house in North Miami and moved to the California Club to Summer Tree. They were very happy there and Zelda became the President of the condominium. They had 10 grandchildren and have 10 great grandchildren. Two grandsons are doctors, one granddaughter is a nurse, one granddaughter is a pharmacist, one granddaughter is a marketing director for Dalton Candy Company, another granddaughter is a buyer for Bloomingdales, and is Mickey Mouse on her off days in Orlando at Disney. Another is a manager of a large company, another granddaughter is a housewife and her husband is a doctor. There’s a grandson that’s a pro golfer, who has his own golf course, and another grandson that’s an electrician. Obviously, Zelda is very proud of them all. Zelda & Irving had a wonderful life together, until he passed away on their very special day…their wedding anniversary. Zelda stayed living in her condo for quite some time, until her friend Rita Weissman told her about where she was living. She decided to join Rita and moved into the Imperial Club in 2013. She is very active in many activities.

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