I have been a Denver resident for more than 30 years, having moved here when my father, Stephen J. Cohen took over Feldman Mortuary from my grandfather, Aaron Cohen.
I have a long history of participation in the Denver and Jewish communities, including serving as President of Emanuel Congregation, Denver’s largest Reform synagogue. I also have served as a member of the endowment committee of the Allied Jewish Federation, chair of the Steinberg Leadership Institute of the Anti-Defamation League, board member of the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver, chair of the Jewish Senior Recreation Network and numerous other community organizations.
I received a B.A from the University of Arizona and an M.B.A. from the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business. I have been recognized by the State of Colorado as a Certified Funeral Director since 1995.
Being in this business forces me, on a daily basis, to appreciate and value the love and joy of my family!
Stephen J. Cohen
Born in Denver, I entered my father’s business immediately after graduating from the University of Colorado in 1966. I moved to St. Louis in 1968 and returned to take over Feldman Mortuary in 1980, after my father Aaron became too ill to continue working. I served as president of Feldman Mortuary for more than 20 years.
My involvement in the community has included: Jewish Family Service where I was recognized with the Business Leader of the year award, Jewish Community Center, Emanuel Congregation, Allied Jewish Federation, and numerous other volunteer activities within our community.
My wife Cheryl and I are very busy with our golden retrievers and our four grandchildren. Our interests include traveling in Mexico, traveling the world’s wine regions and gardening at our Greenwood Village home.
Larry D. Mowery, CFD General Manager
I moved to Colorado in 1972 after serving my country in the armed services. I graduated from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with a degree in Business. Some clergy friends, with whom I had worked closely as a Youth Director earlier in my life suggested the funeral profession to me. They thought I had the “it” to be in this business. Even though it is a business, this profession is also one that provides a service to families in need. It fulfils me and I believe it’s what I was meant for.
My wife Diane and I have 4 children spread across the country and now many grandchildren to visit as often as possible. I am an avid golfer and racquetball player, anything to keep me active.
Kenning Jiron, CFD, Funeral Director
When I got laid off from the printing industry after 17 years, I ended up at a funeral home in La Junta, CO, where my cousin was the owner. My first case was a young man who died in a fatal car accident. At the burial, when his grieving mother hugged us and thanked us for letting her see and say good-bye to her only son, I knew then and there this is what I wanted to do.
Twelve years later, I help provide care and respect according to people’s tradition. I have helped diverse members of our community as well as members of my own family during some of the most difficult times in their lives when a loved one is lost. I am proud to be a Funeral Director/Embalmer knowing I give comfort and relief to families by reassuring them that their loved one is respectfully cared for.
1995 Graduate of the Colorado Springs Fire Fighter Candidate Program, Colorado Springs, CO
Internship Johnson-Romero Funeral Home, La Junta, CO
2 years Romero Funeral Home, Denver, CO
Feldman Mortuary since 2005
Jamie Chapman Sarche, Director of Aftercare and Outreach
As a Denver native, I have long and deep connections to the Feldman/Cohen family. I remember my grandfather, Joe Naiman’s funeral and the way in which Steve Cohen took care of our family. When my grandmother, Emma Naiman, passed away, Jim Cohen eased our family’s sorrow. Their compassion, kindness and caring helped us so much!
People ask why I would want to work in such a “depressing” business. I believe it is a gift that the families we serve allow us to help them carry their pain, if only for a short time. I am grateful for the opportunity to help people through some of their most difficult days.
I am a board member of Great Education Colorado, serve on committees at Temple Sinai, work on committees for Jewish Family Service and I am active at my kids’ schools. My husband, Jon, and I have two amazing sons, Alec and Danny. We love to hike, see movies, play Boggle and read together.