Helen Millstone dies at 98


Helen Canterbury Cohn Millstone, wife of philanthropist and developer Isadore E. Millstone and widow of the late Lawrence H. Cohn, died Monday, July 2, 2007, at the age of 98, after an illness of several months. Among her many social and religious activities through the years was having served as a president of the Temple Israel Sisterhood.

Mrs. Millstone married Isadore E. Millstone in 1999. Until her recent illness limited her activities, she accompanied her husband at the numerous Jewish and general community events in which they participated, including those of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, the Jewish Community Center, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and United Hebrew Congregation, where her husband was honored in January to celebrate his 100th birthday.


Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg of United Hebrew Congregation, recalls Helen Millstone as having been “always an extremely nice and approachable person. You could always easily see the warmth, admiration and affection she and Isadore Millsone shared.”

Mrs. Millstone was also recalled for her love and devotion to her family, her love of jazz music and her enjoyment of her home and garden. She also enjoyed her activities at the Temple Israel Sisterhood of which she was a past president and later at United Hebrew.

Rabbi Howard Kaplansky of United Hebrew was out of town at the time of Mrs. Millstone’s passing.

Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg officiated at the private memorial service at United Hebrew Temple, which was followed by a private interment in Jonesberg, Mo.

In her eulogy, Rabbi Rosenberg noted, “following the deaths of their spouses, Helen and Isadore Millstone’s close friendship blossomed into a romantic one. He, at the age of 90, and she, at 88, were married. For the next nine years, one could see the sparkle in both their eyes when they looked at one another. Together, they made quite a pair. They were always together, in the sanctuary at United Hebrew for the monthly “Shabbat Alive!” service. Both Helen and Isadore could be seen clapping their hands, swaying to the music, and singing along during the service. This is how I will remember Helen. For me, she and Isadore changed my view of what it is to be ‘old,’ or rather as I would now say, aged, for there was and is nothing ‘old’ about them.”

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include her children, Lawrence D. (Shirley) Cohn of Albuquerque, N.M., Linda C. (John) Roos of St. Charles, Mo. and Kimble A. (Sherrye) Cohn of Tuscon, Ariz., and grandchildren Elizabeth (Mike) Twente, Randy (Kathy) Roos and Tom (Jennifer) Roos, Michael (Wendy) Cohn, Charles Cohn and Alison Cohn, and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to charities of the donor’s choice.