Joan Kreisberg Clein, age 88, of Augusta entered into rest Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.
She was born to parents Murray and Bess Howard in Brooklyn, N.Y. As a child, she moved with her parents to Atlanta. After marrying, she moved to Augusta, where she remained until her death. She was a member of the Adas Yeshurun Synagogue for over 68 years, was a life member of Hadassah and served with the sisterhood.
Ms. Clein was preceded in death by her parents, husband Billy Kreisberg and second husband Herbert Clein. Herbert was Billy’s best friend and introduced our parents. He waited for our mother all his life, and after the death of our father, they married.
Survivors include her sons, Robert “Bobby” Kreisberg (Diane) and Martin Kreisberg (Helen); three grandchildren, Marc, Joshua, and Rachel and her husband, Greg; and three great-grandchildren, Ethen, Zoe and Nicole. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Her dad and uncle were in Vaudeville. As a child, she crisscrossed North America with her parents, uncle, aunt, and the troupe of singers and dancers. She met many famous actors whom people would recognize today in the theater and television.
Ms. Clein had several passions in her life: cooking, entertaining, cards, reading and animals. Other than her family, her pets were one of her greatest pleasures. Few visitors to her home could remember a time when there wasn’t some large dog or dogs adding to the excitement of a family gathering. They included Cleo, Pug, Brandi, Punkin, Mandy, Julie and Nikki. She loved them all and always said she wanted more.
Our mother was a loving and kind-hearted person. Her sense of humor, contagious laughter and smile never faded throughout her life. She believed in living life to the fullest. She touched many lives and made an impact on everyone she met.
Our mother did more than exist; she lived. She did more than listen; she understood. She was an amazing woman who taught us that our actions speak louder than words. After being diagnosed with cancer, she wanted everyone to continue with their lives and was more concerned with how we were doing and whether we were happy. Continued support, well wishes and prayers were so valuable during her illness. Family members may no longer be with us, but the love they bring to family and friends does not fade. That being said, the way she touched our lives will remain, and we ask for all who knew her to keep those memories alive by sharing them with us and one another.
Graveside services were held Thursday, Nov. 10, at Magnolia Cemetery in Augusta.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Lung Association, National Direct Response Headquarters, 1200 Hosford St., Suite 101, Hudson, WI 54016-9316; the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma, OK 73123; or the CSRA Humane Society, 425 Wood St., Augusta, GA 30904. Arrangements by Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 706-868-9637.