June C. Klein, age 85, of the Buckhead community passed peacefully in her sleep Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
She was born June 14, 1931, in Manhattan, the daughter of Abraham and Belle Cohen. June was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Stanley Klein. She was a devoted mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, aunt and cousin who adored her family.
She is survived by her loving children, Ilene and her husband, Christian, of Del Mar, Calif., and Jonathan and his wife, Jennifer, of Sebastian, Fla., and by one granddaughter, Rebecca of Atlanta. She is also survived by her sister, Leonore Dunkin of Queens, N.Y., and her nieces, nephews and cousins.
June was a longtime resident of Atlanta, where she had lived since leaving New York in 1975. She had a love of the arts, traveling and cooking and a passion for giving back to the communities where she lived. During her time in Oceanside, N.Y., where she and Stan raised their children, she volunteered at the hospital. When she moved to Atlanta, she split her time among a number of charities. She was the education chair and donor chair for Hadassah, as well as a volunteer at the Anne Frank exhibit in Kennesaw and Shepherd Center in Atlanta. But one of June’s greatest philanthropic accomplishments was her time as a dedicated member and volunteer with Women’s American ORT, where she served as membership chairman, chairman of the executive and co-president of the Atlanta region. When the Georgia Aquarium opened in 2005, she and her husband, Stan, spent time together as part of one of the first groups of volunteers.
Much of June’s happiness was found during her unplanned travel adventures with Stan. Together they traveled the world, making memories that she cherished and lovingly shared with her family through pictures and stories over the years.
Her life was also enriched by a wide group of longtime friends, ones with whom she would often frequent the opera, theater movies and film festivals. Her weekly bridge game was also a favorite. June will be missed by many.
A private service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to: the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, 1800 Peachtree St. NW, Suite 830, Atlanta, GA 30309, ajff.org; Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, 916 Joseph Lowery Blvd. NW, Suite 3, Atlanta, GA 30318, chattahoochee.org; or the 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10128, 92y.org.