Lois Cohodas marks milestone birthday


Lois Cohodas is surrounded by her great-grandchildren on the occasion of her 100th birthday party, recently celebrated in San Antonio, Texas, where she now resides. She was a long-time resident of Ishpeming and Marquette. (Courtesy photo)

MARQUETTE — Lois Cohodas, formerly a 72-year-long resident of Ishpeming and Marquette, celebrated her 100th birthday last week, according to a release submitted by her daughter Nancy Oberman.

Now a resident of San Antonio, Texas where she has lived for four years, Lois Cohodas was honored Oct. 23 by family and friends from across the country with a weekend of events planned by her daughters, Oberman and Lynn Stahl, according to the release.

Lois Cohodas was born and raised in Chicago and attended Carleton College for two years. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 1939 and married the late Willard “Bill” Cohodas later that year. They celebrated their 76th wedding anniversary, seven months before Bill died at almost 102 years old, according to the release.

When Lois Cohodas moved to Ishpeming as a bride, she became a volunteer in the community. When her daughters were in school, she was active in the Parent Teacher Association, Girl Scouts of America and Bell Memorial Hospital. Lois Cohodas supported Bill and helped launch Temple Beth Sholom in 1952, according to the release.

Lois Cohodas sang in the Temple choir and taught religious school until Lynn and Nancy graduated from high school. The governor of Michigan appointed Lois to serve on the Michigan Council for the Arts, a position she treasured during her ten-year incumbency, according to the release.

When Lois and Bill Cohodas moved to Marquette in 1978, Lois Cohodas was active in Marquette’s Beautification Committee, Child and Family Service, Beacon House, Marquette Study Club and Wildcat Club at Northern Michigan University, according to the release.

Always an athlete, Lois learned to ski and loved to play golf, when she moved to Ishpeming. By age 60, she had added ice skating to her recreational activities, according to the release.

The family, inlcuding Lois Cohodas’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, gathered Oct. 20 at Temple Beth-El in San Antonio, Texas.

Although Lois Cohodas moved from Marquette, she still receives The Mining Journal and reads it faithfully from cover to cover, according to the release.

“She may have always thought of herself as a city girl from Chicago,” the release states, “But she fully embraced her life in the Upper Peninsula, which she still calls ‘home!'”