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Mount Sinai Obituaries and Services » Basha Kowitz

Basha Kowitz

May 23, 1937 - May 24, 2019

Service Information Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - Mount Sinai Chapel

Service Date: Sunday June 2nd, 2019

Service Time: 11:30 am

Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - Mount Sinai Chapel

5950 Forest Lawn Drive

Los Angeles, California 90068

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Basha Ada Kowitz (Cohen) passed away peacefully on May 24, 2019.  She was born on May 23, 1937 in Burlington, Vermont to Myron and Anne Cohen and was the eldest of 3 children.  Basha lived in Vermont with her parents and 2 brothers Ahren and David.  She vividly recalled all the wonderful times she spent with family and close friends and helping her father at his Five and Dime stores.  She excelled in music and played piano and flute.  After graduating from Burlington High School she moved to Boston, Massachusetts where she attended Fisher College and received a degree as a Medical Secretary.  It was in Boston where she met the love of her life Leon Sumner Kowitz and after a short courtship they married in 1960. They were happily married for 58 years prior to his passing in 2018.

Basha was an exceptionally devoted wife and mother to her three children, Alan, Lisa and Lori.  She raised three children who have all grown to become exceptionally wonderful people with beautiful families. Her life revolved around her family and she served as a leader in scouting, PTA and the Temple Beth Shalom education council.  She attended countless school events, piano recitals, tennis matches, drill team competitions and baseball games. She enjoyed entertaining and loved to bowl with her friends and family.

She devoted much of her life to the well being of others as a founding member of the Hacienda Heights chapter of the City of Hope and with her friends raised millions of dollars to fund cancer care and research. She also held leadership positions in the Sunset Junior Women’s Club and Jewish philanthropic organizations like ORT.

She loved the time spent with her “basketball (plus one) team” of grandsons (Jason and Matthew Kowitz, Andrew and Reed Erickson and Ryan and Kyle Freedman) relishing in their accomplishments.

Basha is survived by her three children Dr. Alan Kowitz, (Susan), Lisa Beth Erickson, (Kirk) and Lori Sue Freedman (Eric) and by her two younger brothers, Ahren Cohen (Dr. Dorothy Fishman) and David Cohen (Carolyn).

She will be greatly missed by everyone and anyone who ever had the honor of crossing paths with her.