Candle FlamePenny Hamond-Wolk, 83, beloved mother and grandmother and dear friend to many in the Atlanta community and beyond, passed away at Berman Commons in Dunwoody on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Penny was born Joan Backhaut in New York City on June 3, 1931. She graduated from Mills College of Education and taught kindergarten for many years in New York, making such an impression that several of the children she taught back in the 1950s were still in touch with her. She raised two children, Nina and Jeff, and moved to Atlanta in 1977, never leaving the state she grew to love. She worked in various industries before starting a successful corporate recruiting company, Hamond Associates, through which she had a positive influence on countless people who grew to love her like family.

She joins her beloved life partner and husband of many years, Jerry Wolk, who died on New Year’s Eve 2014. She also joins her only sibling and best friend, sister Rhoda Kalish, who died in 1996.

Funeral services will be held at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 6.  Donations in her honor may be made to Weinstein Hospice, 3150 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30327. Arrangements by H.M. Patterson & Son, Arlington Chapel.