December 4, 2020

Submitted by the family

Charlotte Kaye (Geartner) Kaleky passed away on Nov. 25, 2020.

Charlotte was born in Baltimore, Md., on Feb. 9, 1932, and resided in West Orange, New Jersey. In the 1960s, Charlotte ventured off with her four children to live in Miami Beach, Florida. She joined her dad’s manufacturer’s representative company in electronics, and stayed there until her first husband, Jack’s, retirement. In 1973, she married Leonard Kaleky (d. 2006), and became president, CFO, and entrepreneur of several endeavors, including the souvenir business, ice cream manufacturer of the first low-fat ice cream, clothing storeowner, and a home builder. For sure, she was the brains behind the curtain. In retirement, the Kalekys loved to travel, visit with friends and relatives, and shop.

Even with heart problems and breast cancer, Charlotte conquered her health issues and was strong. She was still driving, and pre-COVID, she regularly enjoyed having guests and traveling to her children’s homes. Charlotte was also a philanthropist and a leader in the community, having served as president of the Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer at Ponte Vecchio in Boynton Beach. she was a founding member of the chapter and lifetime member of the Paps Corps.

Charlotte was quite a woman — smart, funny, generous, and she had a dear love for her children, grand- and great-grandchildren, and her relatives and friends. To know Charlotte, you knew she always had a story and experience that helped her have a life filled with love, laughter, and wisdom.

You need to know that Charlotte was with it! Whether she was wearing outrageous haute couture designer outfits, fine dining with friends playing canasta, baking an assortment of cakes and world-famous brownies, or visiting with family, Charlotte lit up the room and caused great joy and laughter. She loved the arts, and her house was like a museum with an eclectic array of works from around the world. Mostly, she was smart and very quick on her feet. Another characteristic is that Charlotte was a kind soul, always looking for the positive side of life. Charlotte will surely be missed.

Charlotte is survived by her children — Jeffrey Green, Gael and Steven Gottlieb, Daniel Green, and Alice Avchen; her grandchildren — Chelsea, Jared, Kelly, Paige, Samantha, and Jacob; her great-grandchildren — Arlo and Max; her partner, Norman Cohen; and her many relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Paps Corps in memory of Charlotte. Checks can be directed to Linda Goodstein, 6529 Arno Way, Boynton Beach FL 33472.

Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando FL 32810, 407-599-1180,


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