Obit of the Day: Figure Fun
Ginka Cohn had the body of a dancer and the personality of a television host. Originally trained in New York under Louis Horst, she married her first husband and they returned to her hometown of Milwaukee. She found her way to local TV landing in 1952 on Figure Fun a daily morning fitness class. This was rather early on in the exercise show movement; Jack LaLanne’s show started in San Francisco only the year earlier.
The same year she also had some low points, namely a divorce from her first husband and a diagnosis of polio. Although a mild case, she still needed time to recover and rehabilitate. She took up ceramics where she met Abe Cohn. They married two years later.
Ginka never gave up her love of dance, teaching until she retired at the age of 84. She also fully supported Abe’s talent with ceramics opening up Potters Wheel Studio and Gallery in Fish Creek, WI in the late 1950s.
Mrs. Cohn died at the age of 87.
(Image of Mrs. Cohn and her son Robin and daughter Tamar copyright WTMJ courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.)