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Janet Cohen

Janet Cohen

Janet Cohen

Janet Guttman Cohen was born March 31, 1925, in Cincinnati, OH. Her parents were respected, involved members of the Wilmington, OH community who developed Janet's broad knowledge, values, manners and grace. Her mother, a fifth grade math teacher, enrolled Janet in Girl Scouts, and in elocution, tap, toe and ballet classes at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Janet was a cheerleader at Wilmington High School and worked after school and on weekends at her father's store, The Paris, in downtown Wilmington. While attending Miami University in Oxford and Ohio State, she majored in business administration, though if truth be told she not only majored in social life, she mastered it. She pledged Sigma Delta Tau and organized many of its themed socials and benefits. Over the summers during the WWII, Janet helped the war effort by working at the Glider base in Wilmington and at Patterson Field in Dayton. Janet knew Harvey since she was twelve years old, often visiting the Cohen home to play with his sister. But, it wasn't until their 20's in the summer of 1947 that cupid's arrow hit.

Janet Cohen