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GLORIA “KELLY” STEIN COHEN

Gloria Stein Cohen – known to all as KELLY – passed away on July 21, 2021. She was born on Long Island, New York in 1922. Before she married the handsome & charming AJ Cohen Jr., and moved to Savannah in 1950 – she had an exciting life in New York City:

Child Radio Actress
Asst. Program Director at WMGM
Host of her own Book Review Show
NAVY WAVE in WWII

Starting as a Historic Savannah Tour Guide, she easily segued into Radio & TV; headed up the Symphony Auction; was a member of the Temple Mickve Israel Sisterhood, and awarded a position on the Advisory Committee on the Arts for the JFK Center for the Performing Arts by(then)President Jimmy Carter. She was an envoy for the Olympic Windsurfing Team from Hong Kong during the ‘96 Olympic Games, and even got to march in the Opening Ceremonies!

Her greatest achievement was her family, and the life/work partnership she shared with her husband of 64 years. She became the Accessory Buyer for her husband’s family stores – Lady Jane. And taught hundreds of women how to walk the catwalk through her landmark Fashion Shows.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Sanford Stein, who was killed in action in World War II.

A Savannah Legend she is survived by: her three sons, A. J. Cohen III and Kim, of Denver, CO; Sanford Cohen of Asheville, NC, and George and Ruth Cohen of Savannah, GA; one daughter, Julia Cohen of Savannah GA; five grandchildren: Addison Cohen, Alexa and Francesco Michelassi, Chaya Cohen, Laila Cohen and Jared Cohen; four great-grandchildren; her sister, Ruth Rich, and nephew, Adam Rich, both of New York City.

The funeral service will be held at 10 o’clock Monday morning, July 26, 2021, at the graveside, Bonaventure Cemetery, conducted by Rabbi Robert W. Haas.

Remembrances: Hospice Savannah – Post Office Box #13190, Savannah, Georgia 31416-0190 or the Telfair Museum of Art – 121 Barnard Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401.

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  1. Wanda Brooks says:

    KELLY WAS AND AMAZING WOWAN. I HAVE KNOWN HER FOR 50 YEARS AND SHE WAS ALWAYS NICE TO ALL SHE CAN IN CONTACT WITH, SHE WILL BE MISSED BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS, WE VERE LUCKY TO HAVE KNOWN HER, WANDA BROOKS

  2. Anne Horstman says:

    I have been gone from Savannah for many years, but Kelly was such a nice part of my teenage years, and after…..I loved Lady Jane’s and she was so pleasant and helpful…I served on her Teen Board….so fond of her, Mr. Cohen, and the older Mrs. Cohen….very nice memories…..

  3. Leah Hathaway Gross says:

    I was saddened to read of Kelly’s passing. I knew her and AJ so well. I worked for Lady Jane for several years. Kelly always treated me not as an employee but as an equal. My husband help restore their home and I did a little painting on it myself. Kelly was extremely artistic in fashion. The community has lost a wonderful human being. My condolences to the family.

  4. Becky Cheatham says:

    Kelly was vibrant!
    This New Yorker truly ‘bloomed where she was planted’, thankfully in Savannah. I modeled in her Lady Jane fashion shows all over our city and she did wonderful commentary though we never were sure what we would wear in the show if she sold our ‘pulled’ item prior to the show. She was witty and creative, petite and energetic. My daughter Lara also worked in the store during her high school years.
    Condolences to all who will miss her wonderful presence.

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