Deceased Information


    Tilda Finzi Cohen

  • AGE



    Wednesday, September 06, 2023 (Before Sunset)


    Friday, September 08, 2023


    1:30 PM




    Meeting ID: 867 7989 9392

    Passcode: 729057


    Greenwood Cemetery



    There will be two shiva services for comforting us as mourners:

    1. Saturday (9/9) - 7 pm in The Maverick on the 5th floor of our mom's residence, The Holbrook on Clairmont (1882 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033). Valet parking will be available.

    2. Sunday (9/10) - Gathering from 4-7 pm with shiva service at 4:45 pm at the home of Dan & Naomi Benator, 2711 Spinnaker Court Duluth, GA 30096.


    • ❖ U.S. Holocaust Museum

    • ❖ HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)


    Tilda Finzi Cohen, 90 years old, of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away on September 6, 2023. A native of Split, Croatia, she came to the US in 1950 at 17, surviving the Holocaust by hiding in the mountains and going from island to island in the Adriatic with her parents until their arrival in Bari, Italy on Yom Kippur, 1943. She graduated from High School of Commerce in New York City and completed two years at Hunter College. She was a language teacher and methodology trainer for Berlitz and Inlingua, she loved to cook and entertain, and her motto was welcoming the stranger.  Tilda is predeceased by her husband, Leonard Lincoln Cohen. She is survived by her daughters, Debbie Cohen (Kenny), Sandy Kalter (Eliot), and Naomi Benator (Dan), six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Memorial donations (in lieu of flowers) may be made to the U.S. Holocaust Museum or HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society). The funeral was held at 1:30 on September 8, at Greenwood Cemetery with Rabbi Hearshen officiating. 

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  • Sandy Cohen Kalter

    Tilda with her three daughters June 2021

  • Sandy Cohen Kalter

    Tilda with her three daughters June 2021

  • David Bogart

    Dear Sandy and entire family, My condolences to you all. Some years back, we had the pleasure of hosting your mom for a Shabbos lunch. She was a delight with her smile and twinkle in her eyes. "HaMakom yenacheim etchem b'toch she'ar aveilei tzion v'yrushalayim. May G-d comfort you amonst the other mourners in Zion and in Jerusalem."

  • Shirley Rich

    I’m so sorry for your loss Tilda was one of the smartest, sweetest ladies. I knew I wish you all good memories and know I’m thinking about y’all you have my sympathy.

  • Amy Goodman Abramson

    To all the members of the extended Cohen family, we are so sorry for the loss of your lovely mother and grandmother. May her memory and your memories with her be blessings and comfort to you always. Amy, Gary and Noah Abramson

  • Carrie Roach

    These beautiful butterfly babies of Atilia in our cycad under the frangipani, is a sign from Tilda to us Roach Folks this evening at sunset , to share her love and hope, as always, vibrant and welcoming the ones on the edges, like us. Forever grateful we had the blessings to be with Nona and her beautiful family. Thank you.

  • Lili Baxter

    Dear Naomi and Family, My sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother. We were neighbors years ago when I lived on Bramble Road and I shall always be grateful for her kindness and warmth when I needed advice or help with my young family. I was so blessed to know her and spend time with her in later years. Her family's story, before and during the Holocaust, we just remarkable, as was Tilda herself. Although we haven't seen each other in a long time, Naomi, you will always hold a special place in my heart.

  • Sheri Benator

    Dear Debbie, Naomi, Sandy and Families, my deepest condolences on the passing of your mom. She was a wonderful woman and will be missed. Love to you all, Sheri

  • Jody Diamodn

    Sandy, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was always a delight and with your father, of blessed memory, just a wonderful couple. May her memories be for a blessing.

  • Firouzeh Rouhani

    I am very sorry for your loss . I met your mom in 1984. I was a new teacher at Berlitz. She introduced me to Rosine who became my lifetime friend . I have so many good memories with your mom . May her soul rest in peace !!

  • Jack & Fran Arogeti

    Dear Naomi, Debbie, Sandy and families, You dear Mom was always gracious, sweet and kind, just like your dear Father of blessed memory. Seeing them together was always a treat and their love for one another was always evident. Growing up in a loving household is a blessing we sometimes take for granted. Fran and I hope that the love you remember that your dear Mom and Dad had for one another was likely multiplied several times in the boundless - make that, eternal - love and pride they had for each of you and all you each accomplish and contribute in your own lives. God bless your dear Mom. She will always be remembered with grace and with loving smiles

  • Randi (Lovinger) Strumlauf

    Debbie, Sandy, and Naomi, please accept my heartfelt condolences. Your mom was such a sweet and gentle soul. My brother Steve and I were just talking about her the other day. That says a lot when two adults reflect on someone who impacted them as teenagers. May you find comfort among friends and family during this difficult time.

  • Pam Flatow

    Debbie, Naomi, Sandy and Families-My deepest condolences on the passing of your mom. She was so warm and friendly, always greeting Jeff and I with her beautiful smile and a warm hug. She had a zest for life, love and pride for her family. She will be missed.

  • Ghila Sanders

    I am so sorry to hear about Tilda’s passing. We met 25 years ago, when I moved to Atlanta from Italy, and she became fast friends with my mother, who used to come visit and take English lessons from Tilda :) She

  • Renee Norma Franco

    I met Tilda and Naomi separately years ago. Tilda was one of those rare persons who greeted people with a smile and warmth. She was engaging, friendly and very kind. These days kindness is everything. My dearest thoughts are with you Naomi.

  • Debbie and Lonnie Carter

    Dear Family, Your Mom will be greatly missed! I have so many wonderful memories of your Mom and Dad and The Cohen sisters! I couldn’t have asked for better neighbors and friends! I love you guys and mourn the loss of a beautiful woman and a kind soul. Rest in Peace, Tilda!

  • Rona and Barry Seidel

    Dear Naomi, sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Mother. We send you our love.

  • Rena Horowitz Thompson & Family

    Naomi, Debbie, Sandy & Families, we are so very saddened to learn of the passing of your mom. My dad spoke so fondly of your parents. May both of their memories be a blessing. Sending you much love. Rena, Doug, Zack, Adina & Shira

  • Leah Franco

    A very elegant and dignified lady....her words always held peace and love.....Always ready to help someone, her kindness always evident. Her love of family was first and foremost.

  • Jessica Wilson

    I had the privilege of knowing Tilda for many years. First through the Toco Hills NORC but more personally through visiting her (and her husband Leonard) for over a decade with my husband and kids on Jewish holidays through One Good Deed. My youngest son actually interviewed Tilda for an immigration project he had at school. It was amazing hearing the details of her story. Even during covid we continued our holiday visits lighting chanukkah candles with her outside in the parking lot below her balcony. Tilda was a special person who despite her own physical pain and challenges, was always wanting to know how my kids and husband were doing. When we visited her home- even if she wasn’t feeling well- she always insisted on feeding and entertaining us. She had such a positive outlook on life. I will miss our family visits with her and will remember her fondly.

  • Miriam Karp

    I am sorry to hear of Tilda's death. I had the privilege of interviewing Tilda for the Shoah foundation almost 25 years ago. We shared a love of Italy and met occasionally to speak Italian. She was such a warm, vivacious woman and I'm so grateful to have known her.

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