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Steven Cohen passes away at age 66

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We said good-bye to Steven Cohen, 66, our beloved husband, brother, uncle, and friend, in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 2, 2017, in Tucson, Arizona, when he lost his 10-year battle against scleroderma.

Steven loved life and its daily renewable promise of adventure. In health he ran half-marathons and hiked the Grand Canyon. He loved to cook with herbs and vegetables from his kitchen garden, travel abroad, and read about nature and feats of engineering. He doted on a succession of four-legged children: Schnauzers Wally, Tess, and Zoey. He was an inveterate volunteer: he supported gay rights in Chicago and helped preserve the wetlands of northwest Indiana, where he relocated after retiring as the Chicago Aviation Departmentís director of real estate.

In 2011 he moved to Tucson with husband Michael Godnick, his loving partner of 35 years. Steven is survived by Michael, brother Richard Cohen (Rhonda), sister Roberta Camhi (Larry Pihl), nephews Adam and David Cohen and Ross and Eric Magers, parents-in-law Newton and Sherley Godnick, and sisters-in-law Jenny Godnick (Debra Karvelas) and Stacy Godnick.

Donations may be made to the Human Rights Campaign (, Tucson Symphony (, or Shirley Heinze Land Trust (


Posted 7/5/2017





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