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Claire Jampol


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Claire Jampol Obituary
June 20, 1918 - July 3, 2016 Claire Greenfield Goldberg Jampol was born in Calgary, Alberta, on June 20, 1918 to Russian Jewish immigrants. At the age of two, she moved with her two older sisters, Alice and Frances, her father, Boris and her mother, Bertha, to Los Angeles. A striking beauty, Claire lived in New York in the late 30's, singing and acting. While in New York, she met a soldier, Joseph B. Goldberg who was to become her first and favorite husband and the father of their two fantastic daughters. In her thirties, she attended Los Angeles City College, discovered art and immersed herself in English literature. After Claire married for the second time, she learned to be a sailor and in her fifties began to travel. She attended an Oxford University summer course, a seminal event in her life, became life long friends with her professor and his extended family and befriended one of her favorite writers, Dame Iris Murdoch. During the next decade she wrote screenplays, novellas and poetry and travelled to Israel, sparking a vivid and continuing interest in the history and progress of the modern Jewish state. She became a grandmother twice, a role she in which reveled. In her 70's, Claire became computer literate. Widowed at 84, she continued to be a voracious reader and supporter of the public library system. Age never diminished Claire's great beauty, her facile and quick wit, or her sense of the absurd. She was loved and honored by the staff of the assisted living facility in which she lived for last six years and she loved and honored them in return. She was renowned for her devotion to needlepoint and Coca Cola. Her Mac and Cheese was legendary. She is survived by her daughter Jan Berkowitz, son-in-law Dr. Martin Berkowitz, and daughter Betty Goldberg, mother of her fiercely beloved grandsons, Samuel Cooper Davis and Jacob Moss Davis. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to The Museum of Tolerance, 9786 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035 or www.museumoftolerance.com.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 7, 2016
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