Clare Marantz

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  • "Clare was my neighbor for many many years.Every morning she..."
    - John Karantonis
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    - Michael Stern
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    - Margaret Stern
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1924 - 2017
Clare Marantz, of New York City, died on Saturday, March 11. She was 92 years old.

Clare was born in the Bronx on July 17, 1924, to Joseph and Yetta Stern. A lifelong New Yorker, she spent her formative and young adult years in Brooklyn, raised her children in Queens, and finally realized her dream of living in Manhattan at the age of 80. Much of her life was centered on her fierce love of her family. That family included her devoted and loving husband Sidney, who died in 1996 after 45 years of marriage; daughter Robin Marantz Henig, her husband Jeffrey Henig, and their children: Jess Zimmerman and "our guy" (Clare's words) Justin Cameron, Samantha Henig and her husband Evan Ratliff and their daughter Azalea; son Paul Marantz, his wife Julia Gray, and their children: Andrew Marantz and his wife Sarah Lustbader (with another great-grandchild on the way), Eric Marantz, and Emily Marantz; and her dear sisters, Esther (age 89) and Jeanette (age 85), who along with Clare have comprised the legendary and formidable "schvesters" who provided constant and consistent love and support for each other, their husbands, and all their children and grandchildren.

A confirmed atheist and committed secular Jew, Clare's belief system was based on truth, logic, and justice. A woman of fierce intelligence but no degree beyond high school, she was an accomplished career woman, working as a school secretary at John Bowne High School in Queens for much of her career. Clare was highly opinionated, and famously remarked that one of the most overrated things in life was "open-mindedness," while belying that assertion by always showing interest in others, reveling in engaging them in conversation while questioning her own assumptions as well as theirs. A woman of stark contrasts, she did not suffer fools (or grammatical errors) gladly, yet she had a knack for finding something good in (most) people. She inspired and tickled those around her, including the several writers in the family, who have documented with delight attempting to explain the Internet to her

taking her to a museum about death

receiving proud voicemails from her about a very silly byline

and discussing how she planned (or, more accurately, planned not) to die

There will be a memorial service for Clare on Wednesday, March 15, at 3 PM at the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, 630 Amsterdam Avenue (at 91st St), New York, NY. The family will be sitting shiva for their feisty, beloved matriarch at her son Paul Marantz's home in Greenwich, CT on Monday and Tuesday, March 13 and 14 (recognizing that Tuesday might be called on account of blizzard) and at her daughter Robin Marantz Henig's home in Manhattan on Wednesday, March 15 (immediately following the memorial service) and Thursday, March 16. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Clare's memory to the PKD Foundation.
Published on from Mar. 13 to Mar. 14, 2017