CONSTANCE “CONNIE” COHEN TOLMAS, passed away of natural causes on Monday, September 24, in her hometown of Dallas, Texas. She was 90 years old.
Although she had many connections to Dallas, she spent a significant amount of her time living in New Orleans, where she raised her family and was an active member of the local Jewish community.
Following her graduation from Highland Park High School, she came to Newcomb College, majoring in art. It was at Tulane University that she met the love of her life, Dr. Hyman C. Tolmas.
In addition to being a homemaker and supporting her husband in his busy pediatrics practice, she was an active volunteer for decades in many organizations in New Orleans. Through the National Council of Jewish Women, she organized and operated an arts and crafts program in which volunteers made gifts that were delivered on a regular basis to the sick children at Charity Hospital of New Orleans.
Tolmas was a cherished member of Congregation Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation in Metairie, where she served two terms as president of the Sisterhood. She was the president of the Southern Branch of the Women’s League of Conservative Judaism and a tireless volunteer working with the promotion of the State of Israel Bonds. Both she and her husband received the 1993 Aliyah Award of the Year for their many years of commitment to the Israel Bonds program.
She was a uniquely talented artist, having produced beautiful works in watercolor and acrylics and also created lovely needlepoint pieces and cozy knitted afghans.
She was a warm, kind, and welcoming person who liked to laugh and who greeted everyone with a beautiful smile and had a generosity of spirit and a great sense of humor.
She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Dr. Hyman C. Tolmas. She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Jeanie Tolmas; her son, Alan Tolmas (Gina) and two granddaughters.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, September 27 at 10:30 am at Tiferet Israel Congregation, 10909 Hillcrest Rd, followed by internment at Sparkman-Hillcrest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are preferred to Tiferet Israel Congregation in Dallas, the Jewish Children’s Regional Service, Congregation Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation, any animal shelter/rescue organization or other charity of your choice.