Phyllis Hagedorn Cohen Fineshriber


On Jan. 27, Phyllis Hagedorn Cohen Fineshriber of Rockville. Born in Montgomery, Ala., on Jan. 29, 1917. Graduated from Smith College and worked in the New Deal in the Treasury Department; was an analyst and congressional liaison at the Department of Labor; an early member and leader of the National Council of Jewish Women; also a member of Washington Hebrew Congregation, former member and secretary of the board of directors; an active member and program director, Woman’s National Democratic Club; worked in the office of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton; a member of Woodmont Country Club, community volunteer, philanthropist, role model, traveler, reader, consumer of culture, talented needle pointer, genealogist and above all a matriarch. Preceded in death by beloved husbands Maynard I. Cohen and Howard W. Fineshriber; devoted mother of Lawrence F. (Lucy) Cohen, Alan P. (Linda) Cohen, Robert M. (Amy Katz) Cohen, Bruce H. (Betsy) Cohen, Barbara F. Adler, Frank (Christa) Fineshriber; cherished grandmother of Claire, Todd, David, Jason, Nancy, Gregory, Scott, William, Lynne and Craig; great-grandmother of Chloe, Alexander, Anna, Isabella, Emilia, Brooks, Sarah, Jordan, Peter, Julia, Benjamin, Joshua. Also survived by Perpetua “Peppy” Nyagetera-Matthews, caregiver, and devoted friend. Funeral services were held Feb. 1 at Washington Hebrew Congregation in N.W. Memorial contributions may be made to the Maynard I. Cohen, M.D. Award Endowment Fund #55070, Children’s Hospital Foundation, 801 Roeder Rd., Suite 300, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or the Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036. Condolences may be made to the family at

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