Sharon “Cherie” Coffey Rubenstein
2/21/1932 – 6/9/2021
Loving always, always loved
Cherie was born on 2/21/1932 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Robert, M.D. and Jean (Spaulding) Coffey. With her parents, Cherie and her older sister Carolie spent the early years of their lives in Michigan and Alaska before moving to Oregon where her dad had grown up. Cherie graduated from Lincoln High School in Portland and obtained her BA degree in Sociology from Stanford University where she met her first husband Jack Blumberg, M.D. Together they raised three children living in Washington State and Spain prior to resettling in Northwest Portland. Cherie later divorced and, in 1980, celebrated her marriage to Jerome “Jerry” Rubenstein who she met while taking flying lessons. The two shared a love of flying and Real Estate. After 31 years of marriage Cherie was at Jerry’s side when he died in 2012.
Cherie worked for many years as a Real Estate Broker which combined her education in architecture and sociology with her love of and passion for helping people. She developed lifelong friendships with the people she served.
Throughout her life, Cherie was guided by her genuine love of people and her joy in life. While raising her children she volunteered teaching English as a Second Language to Cuban refugees. She also volunteered at the Red Cross and OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry).
Although Alzheimer’s progressively diminished her memory and ultimately took her life, Cherie remained the loving, compassionate woman she had always been.
Cherie was deeply interested in and attentive to each person she met. She made it her “mission to help others feel great about themselves.”
Cherie most deeply shared her exuberant love of life, her creativity and sense of wonder with her family and friends. She was an enthusiastic grandmother who thrilled in each adventure and accomplishment right along with her grandchildren.
We will always have her love and joy. Cherie is survived by her son Kent Blumberg & his wife Cynthia in Virginia, daughter Wendy Dominguez & her husband Don in Oregon and daughter Kristen Boucher & her husband Jim in Connecticut; her grandchildren Amy, Rebecca, Kitt, Kara, Nicole and Ben; her sister Carolie Coffey; special cousin Gary Spaulding & his wife Mary; sister-in-law Linda Persha; other extended family, several nieces and nephews and cherished friends Francois and Roger Eiss, Marylyn Klesh, and Jack and Nancy Forristel and many others.
Cherie was blessed to have her daughter Wendy nearby to guide, support and help care for her over the last many years.
Cherie lived in Farmington Square -Tualatin for the past six years where she was cared for with compassion, respect and love. Her family greatly appreciate all the caregivers and staff who welcomed Cherie into the Farmington Square community and welcomed us with open arms whenever we visited.
*There will be a private family memorial to follow.
* In lieu of flowers please consider honoring Cherie’s memory by contributing to: The Radiant Senior Living (RSL) Tualatin, LLC, 10220 SW Greenburg Rd, STE 201, Portland, Oregon 97223, phone (503)595-2810, Fax: (503)595-2818.
* Arrangements: Holman’s Funeral Service, Portland, Oregon www.holmansfuneralservice.com.
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