Karel Copenhaver Obituary (1939 – 2021) – Augusta, GA

Karel Kwass Copenhaver
At the age of 82, she passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children and loved ones, on October 30, 2021, in Augusta, Georgia after a courageous battle with cancer.
Karel was born on May 23, 1939 in Bluefield, West Virginia. She was one of three children born to Sidney and Edna Kwass. Karel attended Agnes Scott College, then married and settled in Augusta.
Karel has become a fixture in the community over the past 60 years. She remained an active member of the Augusta community until her last days. Karel has served on multiple boards over the years, including the new Augusta Jewish Museum, Medical Association of Georgia, Augusta Symphony Guild, United Way, and Easter Seals. She was a fixture in the CCI Temple Sisterhood and was voted “Woman of the Year” in 1983. She loved to attend Sabbath services and recently played an integral role in fundraising for the new Augusta Jewish Museum. She led by example both in Augusta and her “summer camp” in Highlands, North Carolina.
Karel was passionate about her family and extended family. She leaves her 3 children: Eve Turner, Brian Estroff (Heidi Estroff), Eric (Dianne) Estroff; 7 grandchildren: Rachel (Andrew) Orenberg, Josh (Melanie) Turner, Jake Estroff, Ben Estroff, Shelby Estroff, Noah Estroff, Sydney Estroff; 2 great-grandchildren: Maya Orenberg and Micah Turner; her brother, Robert Kwass; her sister, Kathy (Charles) Gross; and many children and grandchildren by marriage.
Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of her life at the Congregation Children of Israel at 3005 Walton Way, Augusta, GA. 30909 at 6 p.m. on Nov. 1. The traditional celebration of Shiva takes place at 35 Indian Cove Rd. Augusta, GA. 30909. To express your condolences, please visit https://www.thomaspoteet.com/obituaries/Karel-Copenhaver/
The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful support of the Augusta University medical staff, especially Dr. Sharad Ghamande and Katie Dorr for their incredible dedication over the years. Donations in Charlemagne’s honor can be made to the Augusta Jewish Museum, the American Cancer Society (gynecology department), or the Highlands Performing Arts Center.
Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Sign the guestbook at www.thomaspoteet.com

Published by Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors – Augusta on October 31, 2021.

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