Deceased Information


    Claire Karesh

  • AGE



    Tuesday, March 08, 2022 (Before Sunset)


    Friday, March 11, 2022


    1:00 PM




    Meeting ID: 863 4913 5595

    Passcode: 624487



    Claire Karesh passed away March 8, 2022 at the age of 100. Claire is survived by her sons, Jeffrey (Jill) Vantosh, and Stuart Karesh; grandchildren Aaron (Katherine) Vantosh and Beth (Kenny Richards) Vantosh; great-grandson Max Van Richards; sister, Elaine Turner; niece Randi (Larry) Rubin; great-niece Rebecca Rubin and great-nephew Zachary Rubin. Claire passed away peacefully at her studio apartment at the Cohen Home in Johns Creek. The staff at the Cohen Home and Weinstein Hospice treated her with impeccable care. She was known throughout the home as “Claire.” Claire celebrated her 100th birthday at the Cohen Home and it was an extravaganza. She was born and lived in Newark NJ in the Weequahic section, Newark’s predominant Jewish section. Her parents, Herman and Rae Friedenreich were a stellar couple in the community. Claire made her mark in the modeling and fashion industry in many of Newark’s women’s specialty stores. After World War II, Claire continued her career at Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC. In 1952 Saks sent Claire to Miami Beach to help reopen the newly remodeled Saks on Lincoln Road. After two years in Miami Beach, Claire and Jeffrey moved back to Newark and she went back to her beloved Saks Fifth Avenue, waking up at 5:30am every morning and returning home at 10:00pm. She never minded the trip from Newark to NYC. Saks and her son Jeffrey were her life. In 1956 she met Dave “Sonny” Karesh from Atlanta and they were married eight months later. Claire worked at Saks, Neiman’s and Tiffany’s for many years in Atlanta. It seemed that there was only one “Claire” in Atlanta. Memorial donations may be made to Weinstein Hospice or the charity of one’s choice. 


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    Dear Jeff and family - We send condolences on the death of your mother. May she rest in peace. Elaine and Jerry


    Jeff, Jill and family sorry to hear about your Claire. My mother worked with her briefly at Tiffany's and enjoyed her friendship. Hope all are safe and enjoying life. Chuck and Sandy Marcus

  • Mimi Siegel

    Dear Jeff and Jill Your mom was a beautiful lady. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Many hugs Mimisiegel

  • Robert and Tara Alterman

    Sending love and healing your way. Caire was a force! May her memory be a blessing for your family and all her knew her. Much love, Beave and Tara

  • Ann Olim

    Jill, jeff , may she Rest In Peace and hopefully have beautiful Memories for you and your entire family Much love

  • Kenny A Kaufman

    Dear Jill,Jeff,Beth and Stuart. Sandra joins me in wishing our sincere sorrow for the loss of your precious Mother and Grandmother. I was very fortunate to call her my friend for many years. She would come with that beautiful smile and amazing personality to Fashion Garment Company to shop. I think my love for her was evident from the first visit on. On one visit a saleslady said to me” you pay so much attention to Mrs. Karish, she must be special”. I answered “she is a very special lady, I love her and indeed I did.” I know she will be sorely missed by all of you and her many friends including me. May Her Soul Rest in Peace.

  • Darryl Cohen

    Claire was a good friend of my moms (Babe Cohen)

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