Happy R. Cohen

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Happy Rosenbaum Cohen, 87, died March 17, 2022 in Vienna, Virgina. A private graveside farewell took place at the King David Memorial Gardens in Falls Church, Virginia on March 22.

Happy was born in Chicago, Illinois to Fannie Berliss Rosenbaum and Joseph Rosenbaum. Originally named Juliet after a family member, her name later was legally changed to Happy Juliet Rosenbaum at the suggestion of her grandfather, Henry Berliss. Happy grew up in Chicago and it remained her permanent residence until she and her mother moved to Virginia in 1991 to be closer to Happy’s daughter and new family.

Happy remembered her summers at Interlochen’s National Music Camp as among the highlights of her childhood. She later graduated from Senn High School in Chicago and attended the University of Michigan.

After her divorce and with a child to raise, Happy worked as a secretary at the A.G. Becker stock brokerage firm in downtown Chicago. She passed the test to become a stock broker herself, but gender discrimination at the time prevented her from becoming licensed. However, she remained deeply interested in the stock market throughout her life. She later worked as an administrative assistant at the Touhy Tennis Club and Felt-Products (Fel-Pro), Inc.

After moving to Virginia, Happy helped to raise her two grandsons, to whom she remained very close. She also cared for her mother as her health began to decline. Happy volunteered at Food for Others, the Oakton Elementary School library, and the Temple Rodef Shalom library. She became increasingly concerned about food insecurity and supported a number of organizations that address the issue.

Happy’s hobbies and interests included gardening, opera, investing, reading, cooking, and collecting Royal Doulton figurines and Fenton glass. Until she was no longer able to travel, she never missed an event in which her grandsons participated. She enjoyed travel to Europe and, with her mother, explored their new home of Virginia. Although never as fond of her first name as everyone else was, she will be remembered for all she did to make her family very happy,

Happy is survived by her brother, Henry Joseph Rosenbaum and sister-in-law Susan Farkas Rosenbaum, of Tucson, Arizona; her daughter Julie Cohen Aamoth and son-in-law Robert Aamoth of Oakton, Virginia; grandson Peter Aamoth and wife Kelsey Kitts Aamoth of Orlando, Florida; and grandson Brian Aamoth, who currently resides in London, England.

Donations may be sent to Feeding America.

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