Tillie was full of energy, very bright. Through her shrewd investments, she was financially quite comfortable. She lived on a farm in Nassau, outside of Albany. In many ways she had a hard life, with her husband and all three of her children predeceasing her, yet she remained cheerful, positive, and adventuresome. In later life she moved to a small apartment in Albany.
Tillie was a good cook. When she visited family members she cooked and sewed for them. At least one great-niece sent her doll off to Aunt Tillie, who returned the doll with an extensive new wardrobe she had made for it.
Spouse: Philip Cohen5,251
Birth: 1879, Russia
Death: 1951, Albany NY
1.2.2a.4.3.1 Ben Cohen5,251,29
Occupation: Actress (1970s, 1980s), author of books, artist
Sidney was an actress in the 1970s and 1980s. She is a 6th degree black belt and kung fu disciple who has been creating Hawaiian oil paintings since the 1980s. She is the author of several books, including Jump into Shape (1978), How to Protect Yourself and Survive (1979), and a martial arts novel, Nightwalker (1989). She also was editor of Dragon Magazine and a photojournalist for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. Her fitness and health articles appear in popular magazines, and she trains women and children in self-protection. Most recently she has focused on her writing, completing two novels and writing for television series. She has two websites, Hawaiianoilpaintings.com and Sidneyfilson.com.
In 2015 her son, Tony Filson, wrote that Sidney had moved back to New York City after 20+ years on Oahu, and that she still paints, writes, and goes to the gym daily.
Spouse: Robert Filson310,311 Sidney and Robert divorced.
1.2.2a.22.214.171.124.1 Paul Anthony “Tony” Filson309,310,5,312,159
Occupation: CEO Filcro Media Staffing
Born Paul Cohen, he goes by the name Tony Filson.
Filcro is a large personnel agency in New York City, specializing in media placements in executive positions.
Spouse: Helene Crocitto309,312 Helene is the senior most Officer in Charge of Search with Bank Staffers and formerly of George B. Gibbons & Co. on Wall Street, in trading operations.
1.2.2a.126.96.36.199.2 Robin Filson310,159
Education: PhD Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1931 (chemistry and/or physics)
When Irving graduated the depression was at its height and jobs were hard to get. He was interviewed by a Texaco representative in 1931 and turned down, apparently because he was Jewish. A year later, after he had changed his name to Robert I. Colmar, the same Texaco representative who had interviewed him a year earlier hired him. He worked in Texas, reportedly did well in his work. He was about to be married in Louisiana in Nov 1935. About a week before the day of the wedding, as his family was preparing to drive to the wedding, he committed suicide at age 29.
1.2.2a.4.3.3 Sylvia Cohen5,310,296,49,108
Sylvia was both mentally and physically challenged. She spoke very little, and her speech was fairly incomprehensible to most people. She had a large piggy bank full of coins, of which she was very proud and which she showed to visitors. Tillie cared for at home until a short time prior to Sylvia’s death, when she simply became too difficult for Tillie to handle and was moved into a residential healthcare facility.
1.2.2a.4.4 Ruchel (Rose) Sutin5,313,310,243,49,108,173
Liz never married, for many years lived with her mother. She had two or more businesses at various times. Those who interacted with her found her an unfailingly pleasant person.
1.2.2a.4.4.3 Nathan Morris Koffsky5,310,29,49,314,84,203,108,32,173,251
Education: Cornell University, master’s degree in Washington DC
Marriage: 24 Jan 1946 Brookline MA
Nate’s cousin Irv Sutin wrote that Nate “...had a long and successful career in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, from which he retired in 1966, and with such organizations as the World Bank after that.”
Spouse: Ruth Langer5,315,32,173
Bernard, blonde and blue-eyed and not looking at all Jewish, saw Anna at a dance. He kept asking her to dance but she refused, believing that he was not Jewish. A friend eventually told her that he was, they danced. Although they were attracted to each other, neither of them spoke English fluently when they first met. Bernard spoke Hungarian, whereas Anna spoke Yiddish and Russian. Consequently as their relationship progressed she taught him Yiddish so that ultimately they were able to communicate.
Spouse: Bernard Amsel320,5,321,106,108,173,49
Birth: 1883, Hungary
Death: 11 Sep 1952, Albany NY
Bernard arrived in the U.S. in 1900.
1.2.2a.4.5.1 Bertha Amsel5,321,29,49,106,109,34,108,173
Ted served in the South Pacific in World War II as lieutenant commander in the United States Navy. He and Leah were secretly married several years before their recorded 1938 marriage. Neither set of parents ever knew of the earlier marriage, although Leah’s two sisters did; they helped smuggle Ted into her parents’ home once the parents had gone to bed, and presumably smuggled him out again in the morning. They married secretly because of Leah’s job as a public school teacher, for during the Depression only unmarried teachers were hired and marriage was grounds for dismissal. This regulation was eliminated in 1938, allowing Ted and Leah to be married openly.
Spouse: Leah Gellert5,320,324,325,322,29,49,32,34
Birth: 27 Jan 1909, Hazleton PA
Death: 30 May 2005, Albany NY
Due to her mother’s heavy accent, Leah was registered in school as “Lena” Gellert by mistake. She went through school and much of her adult life known as Lena, a name she hated, until she decided rather late in life to reclaim her birth name.
1.2.2a.188.8.131.52 Norma (Nori) Amsel324,320,34
Birth: 13 Jul 1940
Norma legally changed her name to Nori while in high school.
Spouse: Michael Kosak326 After being married for several years, Nori and Michael divorced.
1.2.2a.184.108.40.206 Robert “Bob” Amsel320,34,32
Education: BFA Syracuse University, MA Penn State University-Harrisburg
One can learn more about Bob at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Amsel.
1.2.2a.4.6 Husiel (Harry) Sutin5,327,328,329,330,246,331,29,332,108,173,49
Occupation: Self-employed, apparently in a business having to do with bed springs; he also worked as a clerk in a liquor store, and at one point owned a grocery store in Voorheesville
Marriage: 3 Jun 1917 NY
Harry arrived from Puchowitz, via Liverpool, on the SS Caronia 21 April 1906 with Malke, Feiga, and Leike. According to the Ellis Island passenger list he was to join Gedalia at 6 Franklin Street, Albany NY. However, Harry wrote that he and, it would appear, his father and brothers, stayed with Tillie and Philip Cohen on Rensselaer Street in Albany. Harry was naturalized 7 April 1925.
Spouse: Augusta “Gussie” Kramer5,333,328,49,29,108,107
Birth: 4 May 1893, NY
Death: Apr 1979, Albany NY
Gussie was naturalized 7 Apr 1925.
1.2.2a.4.6.1 Henrietta Sutin5,331,334,335,336,108,49,106,34,214,29
Marriage: 23 Aug 1970
Marty worked for Sears for 25 years, then was assistant manager of an automotive garage for 15 years before retiring in 2010.
Spouse: Marjorie Sarah Ives5,331,339 1.2.2a.220.127.116.11.1 Tracy Jill Schechter5,341,330,342,32
Education: Attended Mesa College
Tracy loves to travel, back packed through Europe at age 24. Her favorite country was Germany; she particularly liked Dresden, Munich, Fussen, and travel along the Romantic Road, a very long road through the German countryside where castles are. She is taking on-line training to become an official travel agent. She also likes to cook, try new restaurants, and loves to read. After visiting a friend in San Diego, when Tracy got stuck in a snow bank she decided to move to California, and her sisters followed.
Tracy remembers going to the pool in summers with Henrietta, and taking her to Dollar Store, where they spent hours. Tracy was very close to Henrietta
1.2.2a.18.104.22.168.1.1 Jesse Dane Perin341,330
Education: Attended Hudson Valley Community Coll., Mesa Coll.
Marriage: 23 Apr 2015
After graduating from high school in 2000, Heather got into the mortgage industry for a few years, continuing in that field when she moved to Orange County CA 2005. In 2006 she moved to San Diego, worked for Merrill Lynch for four years, became unemployed for two years before becoming owner of a dog boutique and wash.
Spouse: Adrian Berezansky345,346 1.2.2a.22.214.171.124.3.1 Jackson Cooper Berezansky345,346
Education: SUNY Brockport 1972; Russell Sage Evening Division 1981
Marriage: 14 Jul 1974
Spouse: Linda Michele Bernstein334,159,330,34,32
Birth: 11 Oct 1952, Albany NY
Linda is an excellent cook. She and Larry host large family gatherings, especially for holidays. Both she and Larry provided considerable assistance with the development of this family history.
1.2.2a.126.96.36.199.1 Brian David Schechter334,330
Marriage: 8 April 1984
Howie is in charge of a forensics unit, is described by niece Tracy as the funniest of the three brothers, although he seems serious to those who don’t know him. He collects police patches, has a big collection. He asked Dale to marry him when they went on a cruise, and they went to San Francisco and Hawaii on their honeymoon. He likes to travel.
Spouse: Dale Marie Hersh334,330,340
Birth: 23 Nov 1958
Occupation: Medical transcriptionist
Dale loves ballroom dancing. She is described by a niece as down-to-earth, easy to get along with.
1.2.2a.188.8.131.52.1 Lauren Remington Schechter334,330,342
Education: Hudson Valley Community College 2006
After leaving her TV job, Lauren went into dental hygienist (training). She’s a runner, favoring 5K races.
1.2.2a.184.108.40.206.2 Samantha Lynn Schechter334,330,342,340
Education: Hudson Valley Community College 2008, Fashion Institute of Technology 2011
Samantha likes to run for pleasure, doesn’t choose to compete.
Spouse: Timothy Cunningham340 1.2.2a.4.6.2 Lillian Eleanor “Elly” Sutin5,348,342,349,350,351,29,108,49
Occupation: Helped in Perlman’s Liquor Store, wholesale food business
Education: Mildred Elley Business School
Lillian met Max Perlman of Hudson NY on a blind date. Both Eleanor and Max were voracious readers, and loved spending time with both immediate and extended family. Weekly trips to Albany to visit relatives were a regular Sunday occurrence.
Spouse: Max Perlman5,348,49,106,34
Birth: 2 Feb 1922, NY
Death: 16 Jul 1981
Occupation: Owned Perlman’s Liquor Store until mid-1960s, worked in New York State Assembly print shop and as toll collector on the New York State Thruway
Max was a Naval aircraft mechanic in the Philippines during World War II.
1.2.2a.220.127.116.11 Robert M. Perlman5,348,330,350,32
Occupation: Attorney, Hodgson Russ, practicing in intellectual property litigation
Education: BS SUNY Oneonta 1976, JD Harvard Law School 1979
In his spare time, Paul is a general aviation pilot (flying a Cessna 182) and, like his brother Bob, an amateur radio operator. Paul has three stepchildren, Beth’s children from her first marriage.
Spouse: Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Mattimore348,330,337
Birth: 18 May 1955
Occupation: Attorney, National Labor Relations Board.