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Karen Friedenberg, age 72, died peacefully, in Atlanta, GA, at Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital on Monday March 14, 2022.

She was born in Savannah, GA, the oldest child of 3 children of Thelma and Manny Rosen. They lived in Savannah, where Karen’s father was a physician for many years and her mother was a social worker, artist and volunteer.  At the age of 18, Karen graduated from Savannah Country Day School.

Karen attended University of Georgia and was a member of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority. After two years, she enrolled in a summer program at Harvard University and fell in love with Boston. She later transferred and graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Mass Communications. Karen attended Bauder Fashion College and Katherine Gibbs School.

At the age of 24, Karen married Harry Friedenberg from New Haven, Connecticut and moved to Atlanta, GA. After her marriage, she continued her professional career to work for Rich’s Department store as a copy writer and went on to get her commercial real estate license working for Trammell Crow Retail and Leasing, Retail Realty Advisors and LGB Realty and Brown Realty.

She is survived by her daughter, Jodi and as well as her granddaughter, Hailey and her brother, Fred Rosen and her sister, Amy Rosenthal (David) and 1 niece and 6 nephews. She was predeceased by both of her parents.

Karen was a pioneer for women in real estate, and as her friend said “she busted into the boys club”.  In the 1980’s, she worked in a commercial real estate world alongside many male colleagues. She was very successful in building the companies she was associated with into top producers in the Atlanta area. She was a member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, the Georgia and National Board of Realtors, the Atlanta Real Estate Million Dollar Club for many years and went on to win the DECA Award several times for her top production in commercial real estate and leasing. In business, she always tried to help people and point them into the right direction, even if she lost the job. She had a heart of gold.

Karen’s hobbies included collecting vintage clothing, fine art and antiques. Karen loved to decorate homes and would fix up and sell mountain cottages in McCaysville, GA.

She was very generous and also tenacious;  if she thought something was right, it was right. She was fun and also loved a good joke.

Her family is grateful for her many years of unwavering love and support.

A graveside funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 11:30 AM, Bonaventure Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests consideration of modest memorial donations to The Porter Academy, 200 Cox Road, Roswell, GA 30075

You are invited to view the funeral service by clicking here. 

Online Condolences

  1. Luci Sunshine says:

    After 40 years of friendship, it is hard to hear of Karen’s passing.
    May her memory be like a blessing.

  2. Deborah Fink says:

    To the family of Karen Rosen Friedenberg. I’m very sorry to learn of Karen’s passing. May her memory be a blessing always.

  3. Jacquie Marks says:

    So very sorry to hear of Karen’s untimely death. It is a big loss for all her friends and family. Please know that Bob and I will miss her. May her memory be a blessing.

  4. Arlene Appelrouth says:

    Karen was someone who selflessly reached out. She found opportunities to make a difference. I loved her ability to enjoy life and laugh at herself.
    Rest In Peace my friend. You have left a legacy and will not be forgotten.

  5. LInda Brown says:

    I am very sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. She was such a vivacious person and she will be missed. Condolences to her family.

  6. Susan Burch says:

    Karen was a vibrant personality! She will be missed by many!
    Love and condolences to her family!! She dearly loved her granddaughter Haley and sadly she will not know her Grandmother as she should!

  7. Sandra Cuttler says:

    My deepest sympathy to Jodie and the rest of Karen’s family.

  8. Sheri and Gary Travis says:

    We have been doing Karen’s hair every 4 weeks since 2013. I’m completely heartbroken by her loss. I truly believed if anyone could recover Karen would! I keep thinking of the last time she was in the salon, Ive went over and over it time and time again in my head and absolutely nothing was out of the ordinary! Karen was her typical Karen self. Smiley face… If i would have known that was the last time i would have seen her, I would have hugged her even tighter and longer.. Heartbroken face…I loved, respected, and admired her! My prayers are with Jodi, Hailey, her bestie Kerri and her entire family. Amy you have been a saint! Thank you for keeping us posted. I know its been exhausting on you. I hope you have peace and will reward yourself with much needed rest

  9. Beth and Neil Shernoff says:

    Our thoughts are with Amy and Fred and the rest of the family.

  10. Kathy and Jeffrey EmbreY says:

    We are so sorry to here of Karen’s passing. We were quite friendly when Jodie and Malinda knew each other as children in the 80’s. We send our love to Freddy and Amy.

  11. Ron Chanin says:

    I have known Karen since she worked for me at Kern & Company in the later 1980’s. Karen could get access to any client. She simply had that ability. She was a caring person and I continued to hear from her for many years after. She will certainly be missed. My thoughts are with her family.

  12. Robert and Teri Jecmen says:

    Our hearts go out to you and your family. Please take comfort in the fact that you and David were so caring, loving and supportive to her in her final days. May her memory be a blessing. Love to you both, Roberto and Teri

  13. Marcia Silverman says:

    So sorry for the loss of your sister. She was a very special loving woman who was fun to be around. May her memory ne a comfort top you and your family.

  14. Nancy Miller says:

    Dearest Amy, my heart goes out to you! What a beautiful obituary……sounds like someone I would have loved to have known. I wish you peace and many wonderful memories of the two of you together. So sorry for you and David……

  15. Mira D Bergen says:

    My DEEPEST sympathy to Karen’s family on your untimely loss.

    For Amy, Freddy Jodi and Haley,
    May you be comforted with all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem

    Rest in Peace, Dear Karen and may your soul be elevated to the highest realms forever into eternity and may your memory be a blessing.

  16. Nancy and Steve Sellinger says:

    Amy, I am so sorry to hear about your sister. May her memory be for a blessing.

  17. Harriet Kassel Weinberg says:

    Dear Amy,
    I am so sorry to hear this sad news. My sincere condolences. Thinking of you and sending love,

  18. Deborah Rubin says:

    Deborah Anne Rubin Dear Amy, I remember when you introduced me to Karen she was so nice. I am so sorry for you and your family. May her memory always be for a blessing. Although we drifted apart, I have often wondered how you and she were doing. I hope you are doing as well as can be expected too. I lost my mother almost a year ago now at age 98, my dad at age 89 in 2009. All my siblings are still living, but we are so far apart in distance and connection, please know having family, and good friends will help comfort you. Email me if I can be of any help. Your one time roommate and friend, Debbie

  19. Robert Cohen says:

    Jodi, I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother. I knew her and your Dad when she was with Bauder Fashion College and you were a baby. You use to play with my two daughter Rachael and Rebecca. I wish you the best.

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