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Co-Founder of Meyda Dies at 99

Ida Cohen

YORKVILLE, N.Y. — Ida Cohen, the co-founder of Meyda Tiffany, passed away at the age of 99 last week. In 1939, she married Meyer Cohen who passed away December 30, 2000. Meyda Tiffany (currently Meyda Custom Lighting) was founded in 1974 when Meyer was asked by Ida to create a stained glass window in their kitchen. What began as a hobby evolved into America’s manufacturing leader of custom and decorative lighting. Meyer plus Ida equals Meyda—creating the company name which is now widely recognized on national and international levels.

Ida was a hard-working and driven businesswoman with a strong work ethic and a no-nonsense attitude. She was the originator and current owner of the Nutty Putty Mini Golf in Old Forge, New York, and along with her husband Meyer, formerly owned and operated Quickie Steak Packing Co. in Utica, New York.

She is survived by a sister and three children, including Robert Cohen who is President of Meyda. She is also survived by six grandchildren including Max, Chester and Benjamin Cohen of Meyda, and four great-grandchildren.

Ida’s obituary can be found here.

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