Jesse J. Cohen, passed away peacefully June 2, 2023 at the age of 102. He was born in Philadelphia on May 15, 1921, to Max and Anna Cohen. He was married to his beloved Anita Manusov for 47 years until her passing in 2000. Jesse's three siblings preceded his death; brothers Ruben and Harry and sister Frances.
Jesse was a sergeant in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He often shared his many experiences with the family. He worked in sales for Carnation (currently Nestle) for many years and took great pride in his work. He and Anita traveled extensively within the United States, took nearly 60 cruises and visited Europe, Africa and Asia. After retirement from Carnation, he became a travel agent and he enjoyed doing that for several years.
"Jesse Boy" made long lasting friendships and made new friends everywhere he lived and traveled. He loved to sing and dance and enjoyed all the oldmovies, especially Casablanca. He was a wonderful conversationalist and could talk about almost any subject to both young and old. Later in life, he was lucky enough to develop a beautiful relationship with Dolly Pasquale, lasting over 20 years. They enjoyed each other's company and did so many things together. Dolly and Jesse planned a multitude of social events at their condominum and were responsible for many improvements to their building to benefit all the residents. They spent time at the Jersey shore, traveled, shopped and just had fun. Dolly and Jesse would often sing to each other, "As Time Goes By" being their favorite tune. He was very loyal to both his family, and Dolly's family. He loved being in their company or just talking on the phone with them. He found great joy in their accomplishments and loved hearing about what was going on in their lives.
Jesse had an incredible memory. He remembered things from the time he was three years old, and he always made a point to let the family know about their ancestors and important details about their lives. His niece, Ina, learned so many new things about her father after his passing from "Uncle Jesse" and she was so appreciative.
Jesse is survived by his nephews and nieces Ellis and Susan Greenberg Linda and Richard Toll, Ina and Chip Altman, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, his beloved Dolly Pasquale, her children Lex and Irv Levy, Dee and Bob Silcox and their children and grandchildren, especially 7 year old Shane, who called him "my Jesse" and bragged about him being 100+ year old. A very special thank you to Jesse's favorite caregiver, Lydia, who was a blessing in his final hours.
May his life be an inspiration and his memory be a blessing. Contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.