Mildred "Milly" Beverly (Newlander) Cohen
Born 1925 in Kalamazoo, MI
Died 7/13/2020 in Delray Beach, FL

Mildred Beverly Newlander Cohen, 95, passed on July 13, 2020 in her home in Delray Beach, FL with her daughter at her side. Milly left the world smiling.

Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Milly spent most of her adult life in Syracuse. Following the passing of her husband of 52 years, Milly moved to Florida in 1998 and lived a successful independent life for the next 22 years.

She was an inspiring person. She was the daughter of Eastern European Jewish parents who came to the US at the turn of the 20th century to escape oppression. They were educated and insisted on the same for their children, especially the girls. After high school, Milly went to college for art history studies.

In 1944, at age 19, she married Dr. Philip Cohen, an army dentist. Together they raised six children. A military wife, she was outspoken and bold and Phil supported her speaking out. The family stories were legend. Milly was an artist, did all the carpentry on the house, owned a needlepoint and crafts store, worked as Phils dental assistant, and got all of the kids everywhere they needed to be. She was strong, determined and created a welcoming home for all.

Milly was president of everything, was a community organizer and fought for equality and fairness. She was a fierce supporter and advocate for all children. She was kind and open to all and had a way of making every person she encountered feel important. She had many friends. She will truly be missed.

Milly got more into 95 years than you can imagine. She went parasailing at age 85, organized and taught water aerobics for eight years while in her eighties, continued to travel even as recently as last year, and was busy day and night up until a few weeks prior to her passing.

She is survived by her six children and their spouses, Lynn (Ceil), Joel (Sandra), Mark (Margaret), Ralph (Kim), Jay, and Sheri (Keith); seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and "adopted son" Howard Rosenthal (Patricia). She was predeceased by her parents, Manuel and Eva Newlander; her beloved husband, Dr. Philip Cohen; siblings Leonora Wachtel and Daniel Newlander; niece Ilene Wachtel, daughter-in-law Maureen Agley and son-in-law David Webert.

Mildred will be buried with her husband at the Temple Adath Yeshurun cemetery in Syracuse. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those interested in virtually participating in the service via live streaming may go to on Sunday, August 23 at 11 am.

Donations may be made in her name to St. Jude Childrens Hospital:
Sister: Mrs. Leonora (Lee) Wachtel born 1919 died in a car accident on August 2, 1963.
Brother: Daniel J. Newlander BIRTH 9 Dec 1914 - DEATH 30 Oct 2013
Burial Location
Dr Philip Cohen Veteran 
Born 1921
Died 6/28/1995 in Syracuse, NY
Manuel Morris Newlander
Born 1893
Died 1962
Eva Goldie (Engerman) Newlander
Born 1893
Died 4/10/1984 in Syracuse, NY