Rita Gartner Senoff, age 69, passed away Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, after a tenacious battle with leukemia.

She was born Dec. 12, 1947, in Queens, N.Y., but spent 40 years in both Atlanta and Blue Ridge. She is fondly remembered for her giving spirit, her devoted work ethic, her fabulous cooking, her successful real estate career, her big laugh and so much more. Mostly, she is revered for the close friendships she maintained, some for over 50 years, and for the love she showered on her family. Rita was true class. She appreciated the finer things in life and was passionate about Broadway shows and the excitement the Big Apple offered. Moreover, everyone could count on Rita to plan the party, entertain the guests and fix the drinks. No one could be a better hostess.

Rita Gartner Senoff

Her husband, Jay, adored her and treated her like a queen for over 20 years, and her two sons, Shawn and Craig, loved her to the moon and back. Everyone she came in contact with loved her too; even the entire staff on the fourth floor of Northside Hospital’s bone marrow unit lined up for her sendoff as she was transferred to hospice.

Rita is survived by her husband, Jay Senoff, and by her son Craig Gartner and her son and daughter-in-law Shawn Gartner and Amy Adamaitis. She is deeply missed by many other family members, including Terri and Eric Jacobson, Sysser and Joel Senoff, Shelley and Michael Senoff, Robyn Senoff and Ken Pomerantz, and her grandchildren, Everest, Hilit and Jonah, Max, Ella and Oscar, and Joseph and Alan. Contributions can be made in her memory to the Atlanta Hope Lodge or to a charity of one’s choice.