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Clare L. Cohen, 74, of Williamsville, whose lifelong interest in art and design led her to become a docent at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and a professional guide leading tours of Buffalo's Metro rail stations, died Friday (Feb. 23, 2001) in Oakwood Health Care Center, Amherst, after a brief illness.

Mrs. Cohen's other careers also involved arts and crafts and fashion. For many years she was a dealer in jewelry and crafts from various African countries as well as women's sportswear.

Born Clare Lewin in Buffalo, she graduated from Lafayette High School and attended the University of Buffalo.

Before marrying Robert L. Cohen, she worked for the Buffalo office of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Known for her diverse interests, she was a regular at art openings and Buffalo Bills games for many years and accompanied her son, Michael, to concerts of the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead.

She also enjoyed travel and biking and was an avid bridge player.

She was a lifelong member of Temple Beth Zion and was active in the annual campaign to collect contributions of cash and food for the needy. She volunteered for many years at area soup kitchens.

Her husband died in 1992.

Survivors include a daughter, Susan, and a son, Michael, both of New York City, and her companion, E. Herbert Liss, of Williamsville.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday in Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.


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