In Memoriam : Beatrice Coren

Beatrice Starosta Coren - age: 93
(January 30, 1917 to May 16, 2010 )
Resident of Ukiah, California

Beatrice Starosta Coren

Born January 30, 1917; died at home in Ukiah, comforted by family, on May 16, 2010 at the age of 93. Bea lived a rich life filled with family and friends. She was born in Cordoba, Argentina to a poor Russian Jewish immigrant family, the second youngest of five children. When her mother died, Beatrice was fostered out to relatives in Uruguay and Paraguay from age five, until, at the age of 12, she was sent to live with her mother’s sister in New Jersey. Communication with her aunt was in Yiddish; to learn English she attended high school Spanish classes. Bea married Milton Coren in 1939; they were together for 53 years before his death. Milton always said that from the moment he met her, “Beaty” was the love of his life. Bea and Milton welcomed Milton’s younger brother, Len, into their home, and raised their three children, Elayne, Ephraim and Andy, in New Jersey. When the children were grown, they moved to Florida where they found new friends as well as keeping their old friends and staying close to family in the U.S. and in Argentina. Bea was a high school graduate and worked as a bookkeeper for her husband’s business while raising her family. She was proud to learn new skills in the health care field in her 50s. She was a loving and supportive mother (and “Nana” to her grandchildren), charming friends and family with her graciousness. She was also an avid and highly competitive bridge player, loved classical music, opera, Broadway shows and traveling. Beatrice spent the last year of her life in Ukiah, California, living with her son Andy, daughter-in-law Yvonne and grandson Phillip, where she was surrounded by a loving family and her caregivers, Jeanette Heath and Consuelo Rocha. Husband Milton, her son Ephraim, and her siblings (Carlos, Clara, Luisa and Samuel) preceded her in death. She leaves behind daughter Elayne Arenberg (Hershel); grandson Scott Arenberg (Ellen) and daughter Paige; grandson David Arenberg (Alyson) and children Jack, Abe and Livia; brother-in-law Len Coren (Dana Stearn); daughter-in-law Esther Coren; numerous nieces and nephews in Argentina; and her extended Ukiah family including Bernice Kam, Sharon Govern and Cassie Denson. Funeral services will be Sunday, May 23rd at Forest Lawn Funeral Home North, Pompano Beach, Florida. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hospice of Ukiah or Redwood Children’s Services in Ukiah, California.