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Doris Kovner

Doris Kovner, a longtime summer resident of Aspen, died April 23.

Doris Kovner died peacefully at her home in Longmont on April 23. She was 88 years old.

Doris was born on July 26, 1916, in Newburgh, N.Y., to Ignatz and Henrietta Berger. She married Walter Kovner on Feb. 17, 1939, in Miami Beach, Fla. Doris attended Ethical Culture College, department of teacher education, and taught for two years at the Ethical Culture School, where Stephen Sondheim was one of her kindergarten students. She also owned and operated the Bagatelle Boutique in Miami and Miami Beach for 30 years. Doris enjoyed playing the piano, was a patron of the arts and especially enjoyed chamber music and ballet. She also liked traveling, cooking, shopping and dining out. Doris and Walter spent summers at the Aspen Alps for nearly 30 years. In the early years, they participated in the Aspen Institute. They were patrons of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and set up an endowment to help aspiring music students.

Doris was extremely dedicated to her family and moved to Boulder County in June 2003 to be near her daughter and grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her son, Jeffrey Kovner. She is survived by daughter Carol Lena Kovner of Longmont, grandson Jordan Kovner Benjamin of Longmont, granddaughter Nicole Kovner Miller Straight and husband Kirk Straight of Westport, Conn., and great-granddaughters Emma and Abigail Straight of Westport.A celebration of her life took place at her daughter’s house.