Obituary: Dorothy Krakow

Obituary: Dorothy Krakow

She was a former executive secretary for Federation and an avid bridge player.

Dorothy Elaine Krakow, 97, of Johns Creek died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018.

Dorothy Goldman was born in Detroit to loving parents Sadie (Siegel) and Sam Goldman. They moved to Chicago, where she graduated from Hyde Park High School. Attendance at the University of Michigan was cut short when World War II broke out. Dorothy met her beloved husband, George, on a blind date, orchestrated by both of their fathers, in October 1940. She came home that night and announced, “This is the man I am going to marry!” The war interrupted their courtship, and she was forced to endure 3½ anguished years of waiting for his return from the Pacific (Gilbert Islands, Hawaii and Iwo Jima), where he served in the Army Air Forces. They were married six days after his return on Nov. 30, 1945, in Boston.

Dorothy worked for the American-Christian Palestine Committee in Boston before the birth of son Richard in 1947. She continued as a homemaker, raising Richard, followed by Joyce and Joannie. The family relocated to North Miami Beach, Fla., in 1957 and then, in 1965, moved to Atlanta, where the family has continued to reside since then. As members of Ahavath Achim Synagogue and later The Temple, Dorothy and George were active in chavurahs and Club 50. Dorothy worked as an executive secretary at the Atlanta Jewish Federation until her retirement after 23 years.

An avid bridge player, Dorothy was a people person. She made a friend with everyone she met. She adored each and every member of her family and always wanted to know all the details about everyone’s life. Feisty and outspoken, she will be sorely missed by all who have known and loved her.

Survivors include daughter Joyce Forgoston (Bernie Bogrow), daughter Joannie (David) Glazer and son Richard (Donna) Krakow; grandchildren Nicole Forgoston, David (Judith) Forgoston, Ali Glazer, Emily (Christopher) Ettere, Paul (Melissa) Krakow and Jana (Chip) Vinson; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Krakow, of blessed memory.

Sign the online guestbook at A memorial service to celebrate her life was held Tuesday, Jan. 23, with Cantor Barbara Margulis officiating at the Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care chapel, 3742 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Chamblee. Shiva will be held Tuesday and Wednesday evening at 7 at the home of Joyce and Bernie Bogrow, 7135 Cherry Bluff Drive, Sandy Springs. Thank you in advance for keeping the family in your thoughts and prayers.

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