Obituary: Helen ‘Doddie’ Altman

Obituary: Helen ‘Doddie’ Altman

The Minnesota native died at the age of 97 in Atlanta.

Helen “Doddie” Altman (nee Horwitz) died peacefully at her home in Atlanta on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at the age of 97.

She is survived by a brother, Lionel Horwitz of Brooklyn, N.Y.; three sons, Neil, Robert and James Altman; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Altman, and her brothers, William and Theodore Horwitz.

Doddie was born on Oct. 1, 1919, to Jennie Solosky and Nathan Horwitz in Virginia, Minn. She grew up in Duluth, Minn., where she attended Duluth Central High School and the University of Minnesota. She married Milton on May 21, 1942, and raised their three children in St. Paul, Minn., where she lived until 1998, when she moved to Atlanta.

Doddie worked at various jobs as an adult, beginning with support for the war effort during World War II in Washington, D.C. She most enjoyed her years as a personal fashion consultant, a talent that she brought to her adoring relationship with her granddaughters. Her greatest passion, though, was her love of family and friends. To the very end she provided unwavering support and love to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and to the many friends with whom she communicated and visited regularly. During good times and bad she could be counted on for her insight, loyalty and devotion.

Interment will be next to Milton, the love of her life, at Mount Zion Cemetery in St. Paul on Sunday, March 5, and a memorial will be held in Atlanta on March 12. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.