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Harriet Kanter Konter, 94, of Savannah, Georgia and widow of Lawrence “Larry” Joseph Konter, died Sunday morning, October 13, 2019, at her home.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, she was a daughter of the late Hyman Kanter and the late Bertha Liverant Kanter. Mrs. Konter was a lifelong member of Congregation Bnai Brith Jacob. She attended Armstrong Junior College and earned her BSHE degree from the University of Georgia. After a career in their two store Konter Supermarkets, she and her husband founded Konter Realty in 1961. She has been active in real estate for over 50 years and has served the REALTOR association on the local, state, and national levels. Her many services to the Savannah Board of REALTORS include President in 1986 and being a founding member of the Women’s Council of REALTORS Savannah Chapter. She also has served as State President and National Governor of the Women’s Council of the REALTORS of the National Association of REALTORS. Mrs. Konter was the first female president of the Georgia Association of REALTORS in 1987 and was selected REALTOR of the Year for GAR in 1998. Mrs. Konter was also appointed National Trustee of the REALTORS Political Action Committee. She was inducted into the Georgia Association of Realtors Hall of fame in 2012.

Mrs. Konter has been a licensed REALTOR since 1961 while holding the designations of Graduate Realtors Institute, Certified Residential Broker, Women’s Council of REALTORS-Leadership Training Graduate. She has been awarded the National Association of REALTORS Omega Tau Rho Medal and the RPAC Hall of Fame Award. She has also received The Distinguished Citizen Award and The Distinguished Alumnus Award by Armstrong Atlantic State University. Mrs. Konter has served as President of the Armstrong Atlantic State University Alumni Association, Savannah Bnai Brith Women’s Organization, and Jewish Educational Alliance Women’s Club. She has also served as Director of the Savannah Jewish Educational Alliance, a Trustee for Armstrong Atlantic State University Foundation, a Member of the Women’s Division of the United Jewish Appeal & Federation and Southeastern United Community Services. Harriet and Larry were the second couple in the entire USA to be Presidents of a state association of Realtors

In addition to her husband of 49 years and her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.

Survivors include her children, Stanley and Rose Konter, Sally (Konter) and Steve Greenberg and Jerry and Marcy Konter; six grandchildren, Natalie (Konter) and Jon Sarnat, Harris and Elissa Konter, Greg and Susan Greenberg, Matt and Karina Greenberg, Mark and Allison Konter and Tess (Konter) and Albert Neudeck; nine great-grandchildren; her longtime friend and special person, Mildred Jones, and nieces and nephews.

Her heart was as big as her personality and her memory will last forever to family and friends.

The funeral service will be held at 12:30 Wednesday afternoon at the graveside, Bonaventure Cemetery, conducted by Rabbi Avigdor Slatus.

Remembrances: The Bertha and Hymie Kanter Young at Heart Fund – c/o Jewish Educational Alliance – 5111 Abercorn Street, Savannah, Georgia 31405-5214 or the Harriet Konter Leadership Scholarship fund – c/o the Women’s Council of REALTORS Georgia – 6065 Barfield Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30328 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Her family is grateful for the devotion and attention of her caregivers.

Online Condolences

  1. Dr. Tom Maddox says:

    Jerry, sorry about your loss. She was a gracious Lady your Mother. We will be in prayer for you. May God be with your family at this time of great loss.

  2. Frank & Kathryn Murray says:

    Sally and Steve, Jerry and Marcy, Stanley and Rose, and all of the Konter family, Kathryn and I are so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a very kind and gracious lady. She will surely be missed by many.
    May God bless and comfort your family.

  3. Joe and Mary Ann Anziano says:

    We send our heartfelt condolences to the Konter Family. Harriett and Larry were strong leaders of our Realtor Organization for decades and made their caring felt across Georgia; Your mom had such a wonderful sense of humor and loved to share it with us; Mary Ann and I were speaking of Harriett just yesterday as we shared some Realtor memories.

    We know how much she loved your family and would do anything for you.

    You will miss her, as will we.

    Love to you all.

    Joe and Mary Ann Anziano

  4. Traci Hawkins says:

    Mr. Greenberg & Sally, Sorry for your loss…my prayers are with you and your family & you have my deepest condolences. Please let me know if you need anything.❤️

  5. Colette Balder says:

    My most sincere condolences to Stanley, Jerry, and Sally. Your mom was so much to so many, me included. She ranks among the top five of persons of impact in my life. Mrs. K was a unique lady and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. I was so delighted to visit with her a few years ago at Fiddler’s restaurant. She told me I was beautiful. Loved that lady!!! So sad she’s gone.

  6. Sheri & Bruce Rosenblum & Family says:

    Sally and Steve, Jerry and Marcy, Stanley and Rose, and all of the Konter family – Our family is deeply saddened by your loss. Harriett was a special lady. We have fond remembrances of your parents, they have a special place in our hearts. Cherish the memories and life lessons. have a special place in our hearts. Love to all, Sheri, Bruce, Emily & Chris, Ryan & Simone

  7. Deborah Gilmore says:

    Dear Konter Family,
    I want to offer my condolences in sincere sympathy on your loss. Harriett is unforgettable and I pray the wonderful, precious memories you have of her will bring you peace in the days to come. Thank you for sharing Harriett & know that that decision was not at times left up to you. When Harriett made up her mind, it was full speed ahead. I loved that about her. Words are beyond how grateful I feel to have known Harriett. She is part of my life memories forever.

  8. Robert D Koncoski says:

    Such a strong, caring and compassionate soul who will be sadly missed.
    My heart goes out to you Sally and Steve, stay strong.

  9. Sid Glover says:

    Mrs. K was the sweetest person. She was always very nice to me and greeted me with a smile whenever I saw her. I will never forget her. My condolences to the Konter Family. Jerry, Marcy, Mark, you are in our prayers.

  10. Rusty & Roxanne Fleetwood says:

    Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Konter family on the passing of Harriet. She was a great lady and matriarch distinguished by her humor and sense of place, and was friend and advisor to hundreds both within and without her profession.

  11. Pat Anderson says:

    Stan, I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She was a great lady and will always be known in the Savannah real estate world. My condolences to you and your family.
    Pat, ASC & Associates, LLC

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