Gladys Pollack of Atlanta died on Jan. 28, 2013. Gladys was born in Coney Island, Brooklyn, N.Y. on April 25, 1923 to Joseph and Sadie Grebler.
She graduated from Girls High and started her career writing advertising copy for a Brooklyn-based radio station. She met Morris Pollack at a Halloween dance in 1943, and the couple married shortly thereafter, in 1944. Morris passed away in 1982.
Gladys was the mother of three children: Laura Katz of Sacramento, Calif.; Elliot, who passed away in 2002; and Jody of Norcross, Ga. She was the grandmother to Andy Katz, a pediatrician in Sacramento; Amy Kenigsberg, owner of a marketing company in Ma’ale Shomrom, Israel; Cindy Pollack, Software Consultant in Norcross; and Rebecca Pollack, a student at Georgia Southern University. She was great-grandmother to Juliet Katz of Sacramento and Gilad, Matan and Sammy Kenigsberg in Israel.
Gladys took evening college classes and progressed from a city clerk to an assistant accountant for the City of New York, managing the books for daycare centers throughout Manhattan. She retired to New Jersey in 1978.
After Morris passed, she went to visit Laura in Houston and there met and married Abe Frankfort. They had 10 good years of marriage until Abe passed. Gladys moved to Atlanta in 2000 and lived at the Jewish Tower.
She was the “Sunshine Lady” and made her mark in the community. She had her time on the big screen when she was asked to participate in the filming of a trailer for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. She wore her trademark rainbow sweater and said “I made it myself” when asked if the films being featured were any good.
Gladys looked at her life like chapters in a book. There was the student Gladys, the young wife, the mother, the city worker, the retiree, the widow, the newlywed the second time around, and the grandmother and great-grandmother. She took on life headfirst and accepted and overcame all challenges. She was a feisty free spirit who did what she wanted when she wanted and on her terms. She was an awesome role model and will be sorely missed.
The family greatly appreciates all the prayers and good wishes. Donations can be made to Jewish Family and Career Services of Atlanta, yourtoolsforliving.org/donate. A graveside service was held Jan. 30, 2013 at Mt. Golda Cemetery in Huntington, N.Y. Sign online guestbook at edressler.com. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.