Obituary: Luna Cohen Ulman Levy

Obituary: Luna Cohen Ulman Levy

Luna Levy, born in Atlanta, passed on Dec. 25, 2018.

A Jewish proverb says, “G-d couldn’t be everywhere, so he created mothers.” And so it is that G-d created Luna Levy, who passed on Dec. 25, 2018, and is with him now. Luna enjoyed serving her Jewish community as managing editor of the Southern Israelite. She took delight in writing clever headlines. When the newspaper featured a visit by Pope John II, and his smiling image, Luna wrote, “Have a Pope and a Smile,” playing off Coca-Cola advertising of the day.

Luna was born on Nov. 5, 1929, in Atlanta. Her parents were Louis and Alegra Cohen, Sephardim from Turkey. Her siblings were older brother, Victor, and younger sister, Sarah. The family lived in West End, where they owned a delicatessen. Luna displayed musical talent and excelled on clarinet (a gift from Uncle David Cohen) and piano. Luna was a loving member of her extended family of Asa, Barrocas, Bensusan, Cohen, Esbia, Hazan, and Maslia cousins, aunts and uncles.

Later moving with her family to Morningside, she graduated from Girls High School in 1947 and attended Georgia State University.  She maintained an active social life, including her ladies’ card game of more than 60 years.

In 1950, she married Bernard Ulman, then gave birth to Linda, Roby and Alan. She raised her children in her warm and loving home in Northeast Atlanta. During these years, Luna was actively involved in the women’s Zionist organization, Hadassah, and the Jewish educational advocacy organization, ORT.

In addition to her years in journalism, she worked with her son-in-law, Michael Geller, at D. Geller and Son Jewelers, and her nephew, Dr. Louis Cohen, at his medical practice. In her work, she exhibited great organizational skills and efficiency, and was a supportive colleague.

In 1979, Luna married Julian Levy. They remained lovingly devoted to each other for 35 years until his passing in 2012. Survivors include children, Linda (William) Frank, Robyn (Michael) Geller, and Alan Ulman; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Ulman; grandchildren, Angela (Jim) Nothdurft, Adam Frank, Jillian (Andrea) Levy, Arielle (Chase) Peacock, Jennifer Geller, Jonathan (Kelsey) Geller, Madison Ulman, Jacob Ulman, and Wendy Ulman; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Lilly, Hailey, Kaleigh and Olivia; sister, Sarah (Max) Diamond; sister-in-law, Matilda Cohen; her children’s father, Bernard Ulman; brother-in-law, Issac (Rosemary) Levy; stepson, Jack (Esther) Levy and their family; and loving cousins, nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by parents, Louis and Alegra Cohen; brother, Victor Cohen; stepson and step daughter-in-law, Richard and Ellen Levy. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to charities of your choice. Arrangements made by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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