Always the grande dame of stage and life, Laurette Kringold passed away April 8, 2013 from lung cancer at 85.

CandleShe is survived by her husband of 65 years, Leonard Kringold. They moved to Atlanta in November 2012 to be close to their children, Gail and Michael Habif and Debra and Steven Kringold. Laurette was the proud grandmother of Lauren and Ben Barden, Craig and Julie Habif, Rebecca and Eric Kaplan and Linden Hass. Great-grandchildren Lola and Allen Barden and twins Sam and Jacob Habif were her pride and joy. She is also survived by her brother, Harold Essex, and his wife Johanna, of New York.

Laurette began her adult life as a New York fashion model and then moved to Florida with her family and became a commercial real estate manager. After her children graduated high school in Miami Beach, she returned to the fashion business as a sales manager. She enjoyed singing and performing with the Palm Isles Players and was a member of the choir for High Holiday services.

Laurette was a breast cancer survivor, Weight Watcher lecturer and volunteer for Bethesda Hospital. She will be remembered with love for her humor, intellect, smile and heart of gold.

An online guestbook is available at edressler.com. Donations can be made to Weinstein Hospice or the Susie Habif Chesed Fund at Ahavath Achim Synagogue. Graveside services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Tues., April 9, 2013 at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs with Rabbi Neil Sandler officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.