Claire Perskie

Claire Perskie

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
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Perskie, Claire Kosden (nee Fox) – 86, of Margate, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at home on July 1st, 2020 after a courageous battle with the blood disease MDS.

“For everything I am, my mother’s love showed me the way.”

Quiet grace, a sweet smile, and inner strength defined Claire - and she carried that elegance throughout her life. Her dedication to her heritage created a strong spirituality within, and she taught the meaning and importance of family, and religion in her devoted, loving way.

Claire was born in Czechoslovakia to Cantor Eugene and Esther Fox. She escaped the country’s occupation in 1938 with her parents and brother. She lived in London until she arrived in Atlantic City in 1950. She graduated from Atlantic City high school in 1951 and met her husband Carl “Buddy” Kosden soon after. They married in 1953.

Together Claire and Buddy owned the St. Charles Hotel and Midtown Motor Inn in Atlantic City. At the same time, Claire was also the proprietor of Top of the Shop at Gordon’s Alley. After Buddy’s untimely death in 1977, Claire delved into new opportunities, becoming the manager of Brittany Jewels at Resorts, and later, a licensed real estate agent. She married Lawrence Perskie, Esq and they were married 22 years until his passing.

Her family was the joy of her existence. Claire loved her family unconditionally, and her family loved her with devotion. She was always there to cheer on each accomplishment of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She continuously introduced them to many of her interests, enrichening their lives.
It was her passion for life that allowed her to explore a multitude of hobbies and interests. As an avid walker, she would often been seen walking around Margate, connecting with the community she loved so much. When she wasn’t walking, she could likely be found knitting, golfing, working on a crossword puzzle, planting flowers in her garden, or at Temple.

Claire’s extraordinary life has been documented multiple times. She wrote a book “The Forsaken Suitcase” to share her family history. Her life story is also highlighted at The Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at Stockton University, as well as in the book “Portraits of Resistance."

Claire is survived by her 3 loving daughters – Sheryl Kosden Schiraldi (Patrick), Micki Massry (I. Norman), and Ava Kosden Lubert (Richard), 7 grandchildren, Julie (Jimmy), Murray (Mallory), Stephen (Ashley), Laurie (Ken), Carly, Daniel (Rosa), and Leah, 6 great grandsons, Isaac, Ezra, Asher, Norman, Jonah, and Aaron, her brother, Harry Fox, her cousin, Henry Herner, and her wonderful caregiver, Ivellisse.

Thank you to Dr. Udani, Dr. Ramos and staff at AlantiCare, and Comfort Keepers for their dedication to Claire’s care.

Private graveside services were held July 2nd. Due to Covid-19, Shiva will be observed by the family in private.

Contributions in Claire’s memory can be made to Beth El Synagogue in Margate, N.J, The Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at Stockton University, or a charity of one’s choice.
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Helene Ferrara

Posted at 11:59am
I loved all our times together.Rest peacefully Dear Friend and my thoughts and memories of you are always there in my heart.
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Pam Hardcastle Gerety

Posted at 05:19pm
Ava and family... I was very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I remember her well from living on Colmar Circle when I was a child and I was Ava's friend. The beautiful words written about your Mom are a gift to all. God Bless all of you.
Fondly, Pam Hardcastle-Gerety

Linda Naples

Posted at 10:02pm
I met Claire's mother, Ester when she came into my store with her brother and his wife who were visiting from Israel, I became friends with Ester, and she told me about the entire escape from Prague. I went to Prague and took pictures for her of the apartment and the synagogue where she was married. I also took one of the family synagogue in Karlovi Vari. I would visit Ester often at the Shalom House. I have pictures of Clara as a little girl in Prague. When Ester died, I stood in the cemetery and looked at all of you and thought, "This courageous woman is the reason you are all alive." Never forget this family's history nor the people who helped the Fuch family to freedom.

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