Elaine LaCava Cohen

Elaine LaCava Cohen, 62, of Treesdale, Gibsonia PA, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Thursday afternoon, August 16, 2012 after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Ellwood City on February 9, 1950 to the late Joseph H. LaCava and Virginia Hazen LaCava of Ellwood City, who survives.

Elaine was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Ellwood City, class of 1968, where she was the homecoming queen her senior year, and was a varsity cheerleader.

She then graduated from Edinboro University and received her Master’s degree from Slippery Rock University. She taught the learning disabled at Burchfield Elementary in the Shaler Area School District, and later the Avonworth School District, for 30 years.

Elaine enjoyed decorating, gardening, fashion and playing golf.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 35 years, David I. Cohen, as well as by her daughter, Dr. Alissa M. Cohen of Pittsburgh, and her son, Adam D. Cohen of Gibsonia. She is also survived by her brother, Greg (and Noreen) LaCava of Ellwood City, and her sister, Karen Lunn, of Cary, NC.

Friends were received from 7-9 P.M. on Friday evening, August 17, 2012 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Private graveside services will be conducted on Saturday morning, August 18, 2012.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Elaine’s name, to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or to Family Resources of Pennsylvania.

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