Vlada Miriam Kohane
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Vlada Miriam Kohane

KOHANE: Vlada Miriam Kohane, devoted wife, mother and daughter, passed away peacefully at her Squirrel Hill home surrounded by close family on Shabbos, Oct. 16, 2021 (10 Cheshvan 5782).
A refugee from Moscow, Russia, who arrived with her loving parents, Paul and Regina, in Pittsburgh in 1991, Vlada had little knowledge of Judaism growing up. However, she soon blossomed into a lifelong lover of Torah, tefilah and chesed after a dental appointment turned into daily courtship with her eventual lifetime sweetheart, Dr. Leon Kohane. After their marriage in 1992, they settled into a warm and loving home on Beacon Street, where Vlada merited to raise two smart and wonderful sons, Benjamin and Steven. Despite her ovarian cancer diagnosis in late 2016, she fought and survived to see both of her sons married, take trips to Israel and London, and continue working at Duquesne University, her employer for over 20 years. For years, Miriam gave generously of her time and talents to local organizations like Hillel Academy and Congregation Poale Zedeck, and devoted herself to her family, colleagues, and especially her friends, with whom she would share books, lively discussions and Shabbos afternoon walks around the neighborhood.
Services and burial were held at Poale Zedeck Memorial Park Cemetery, and Miriam’s shloshim period concludes on Nov. 15. Miriam is survived by her husband Leon, her sons Benjamin (Tova) and Steven (Frumie), and her father, Paul Kotlyar, in addition to cousins, friends, and many more.
The family continues to appreciate messages of condolences and stories of this terrific and strong woman via memorialsofmiriam@gmail.com. PJC

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