Board member John Michael "Mike" Reidenbach died unexpectedly at home on December 2. Mike was the oldest great-grandchild of the Cohens, and the only one to be born in Emma's Bray Cohen's lifetime.
When her daughter Emelita informed Emma of his birth, she replied "Now I'm Granny the great!". His grandmother was the second Cohen daughter, Marion Cohen Gilliland.
Mike realized as Emelita grew older that the question of what would become of the house would need to be addressed. Using his expertise as lawyer, he rallied all the various family owners to keep the house and contents intact, and form a non-profit to protect and preserve it. Without his firm vision the house would not exist as the treasure it is. He was the first president of the VPCO during its formative years. After a long break, he rejoined the board two years ago after his retirement. He had hoped to help the organization reach the level necessary to sustain the house through the years ahead.
His children have requested that any memorial gifts be given to the Cohen Bray House.
His full obituary is available on the link below