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Jody Jakofsky-Cohen Succumbs

 

Jody Jakofsky-Cohen, also known as "JJ," began her career designing, creating & selling her designs at Her Nibs Women's Wear - her husband Howard Cohen's Culver City Store. She was initially a Fashion Designer, having graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM).

All the while, JJ had a passion for food. This led JJ away from fashion and right into the restaurant scene. She worked at several prominent restaurants across the westside, including - Berlatsky's, the Williamsburg Inn, and Peppone's.

JJ took a short sabbatical to travel and further experience the world of Fine Dining throughout North America.

Shortly after, her then-boyfriend (now husband), Howard Cohen, took her to Virgilio's in Culver City for dinner, where Owner Virgilio del Mar, formerly a waiter at Peppone's, hired her "on the spot" to manage his expanding Restaurant.

After many years at Virgilio's, JJ had the opportunity to open a restaurant on Hayden Avenue in Culver City, and so, JJ's Cafe was born! It became popular place for local worker to meet, greet an enjoy fine cooking.

The cafe sadly closed in 2009 - as JJ was diagnosed with a benign brain mass that required 9+ hour surgery to remove. This ordeal left her unable to smell or taste, providing its own set of challenges for someone who loved to cook meals for guests, friends & family.

In all, JJ's life was full of love, flavor, and adventure. She cherished her restaurant, her staff, and her guests. She loved traveling with her husband Howard in their motor home and on their boat and adored her boating friends.

Jody passed on February 13 from an acute case of Diverticulitis causing Sepsis & Organ Failure; she fought hard to live.

Jody is survived by her loving husband of 35-years, Howard Cohen, and her siblings, sister Sheryl Menes, brother Les Jakofsky & sisters-in-law Cheryl and Ellyn Herling, and numerous cousins, nieces & nephews.

Donations can be made in her name, to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), as Jody was an ardent animal lover & supporter! Click here to donate: ASPCA.org

 

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