Obituary: Minnie Silver Kaliser

Obituary: Minnie Silver Kaliser

She left Poland at age 2 and ran a department store in Hawkinsville with her husband for years.

Minnie Silver Kaliser, age 98, of Atlanta passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at the age of 98.

Minnie was born June 5, 1918, in Poland and immigrated to the United States in 1920 at the age of 2. She grew up in Atlanta as the youngest of five Gilner siblings. She graduated from Commercial High School in Atlanta in 1935. In 1939 she met the love of her life, Ben Silver, and moved to Hawkinsville, where she lived a beautiful and loving life and raised their three children, Milton, Lynn and Alan. Minnie and Ben ran Silver’s Department Store and were pillars of this small community in central Georgia.

Minnie moved back to Atlanta in 1972 after Ben passed away. She was a member of Ahavath Achim Synagogue for over 50 years. She married Mike Kaliser at the age of 62 and lived a wonderful life with him. In her mid-90s, she moved into Hammond Glen, where she lived her life with gusto until the end. She was a charismatic woman who was the life of the party wherever she was. Everyone she touched loved Minnie because she was MINNIE.

She is survived by her children, Estelle Silver of Chicago, Lynn and Bill Hare of Atlanta, and Alan and Janice Silver of Miami; her grandchildren, Erica Silver, Steve and Johanna Silver, and Beth and Rob Lowe; her great-grandchildren, Ally and Ben Silver and Hannah and Rachel Lowe; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son Milton Silver of blessed memory.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Minnie’s memory be sent to Temple Sinai or Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Atlanta. Sign the online guestbook at Graveside services will be held at Greenwood Cemetery at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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