Obituary: Fay Tenenbaum

Obituary: Fay Tenenbaum

A legendary hostess, she became known as the "Cake Lady" and was featured in a film for her pound cakes.

Fay Tenenbaum, age 94, died peacefully at home surrounded by family Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017.

Fay is survived by her children and children-in-law, Terry (Jan) Tenenbaum, Susan (Bill) Usdan, Carol (Beverly Moser) Tenenbaum and Debra (Fred Spring) Tenenbaum; sister Anne Lasoff and sister-in-law Rita Levine; grandchildren Stacy (Adam) Blaiss, David, Brittany, Megan (Talor Bearman) and Scott Tenenbaum, and Michael Usdan; great-grandchildren Shane and Jared Blaiss; and a legion of extended family, friends and loved ones. Fay was preceded in death by her husband, Sol Tenenbaum; a brother, Abe Levine; and a son, Allen Tenenbaum.

Fay was born in Flatbush, N.Y., to Sam and Sarah Levine. She moved to Atlanta in 1947 to marry Sol Tenenbaum, and they shared a wonderful marriage for 65 years. A true matriarch, Fay was the heart and soul of the Tenenbaum family. Fay’s Shabbat table was legendary for being warm and welcoming and always had room for another guest. An incredibly giving and caring woman, Fay was known as the “Cake Lady” after delivering thousands of homemade pound cakes over the years to fire stations, retail establishments, banks, doctors, family, friends and friends of friends. The movie short “The Cake Lady,” a documentary about Fay and the challenges of aging, was directed by Atlantan Adam Hirsch and won an Audience Award at the 2013 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.

Throughout Fay’s life, she was active in the Jewish community. A lifetime member of Shearith Israel, she was also a founding parent of the Hebrew Academy (now Atlanta Jewish Academy) and a longtime supporter of the William Breman Jewish Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Breman Jewish Home. Sign the online guestbook at A graveside service was held Sunday, Aug. 27, at Crest Lawn Memorial Park with Rabbi Ilan Feldman officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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