Elaine Koenig passed away Dec. 18, 2020, at the age of 78. She was born May 10, 1942, in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Elaine was a graduate of Queens College and earned her bachelor of science in physical therapy from the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Elaine was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. And she was a kind and compassionate champion for others. She spent much of her career as a physical therapist, and after her last daughter left for college, she went back to school to earn her master of public health in health policy and management from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She then went on to work as director of educational programs there, was the executive director of the Greater Atlanta affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and as director of patient and family services at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory Healthcare. One of her favorite “jobs” was the volunteer work she did in her last several years in the nursery at Piedmont Hospital.
She was predeceased by her parents Jack and Lillian Melnick and son-in-law Michael Raptis. She is survived by her husband Ron; daughters Karen (Mark) Winarsky, Deborah Raptis and Allison Koenig; and grandchildren Isabelle and Sara Winarsky, and Logan and Amanda Raptis.
The funeral took place on Dec. 20.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Atlanta Community Food Bank or Midtown Assistance Center. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.