Minna Brown Beninati, 91, of Atlanta, passed away at home April 22, 2020, after a brief illness. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Julia and Morris Cohen. Minna married the late Donald Brown of New York and spent many happy years in Winston-Salem, N.C., raising their three children Jeff, Eileen and Darcy. They moved to Atlanta in 1978 to be closer to their grown children as they were both passionate about family. After Donald’s passing in 1987, Minna later married Angelo Beninati, a gregarious Italian from New York, who we all loved. They would have celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary this month.
Minna deeply loved her family and friends, and actually everyone she came in contact with. She was a true people person and would always hold your hand as she sat and talked to you. Minna loved to have passionate conversations about current events as well as reading, traveling, and sports, especially the UNC Tarheels.
Survivors include her husband Angelo; children Jeff Brown, Eileen (Marty) Friedman, and Darcy (Joe) Oxman; six grandchildren Elliott (Heather) Friedman, Scott Friedman, Melissa (Ari) Shapiro, Brian (Bridget) Oxman, Mallory (Kyle) Hoidal, and Graham (Kelley) Brown. Minna adored each and every member of her family and strived to be a constant fixture in their daily lives. She loved large family events centered around home-cooked Italian dinners. She was an adored mother and nanny by all of us and will be sorely missed every day.
A private family funeral was held at Crest Lawn Memorial Park April 24. Donations will be graciously accepted to Temple Sinai and Weinstein Hospice. A memorial service will be held later this summer for family and friends to gather and celebrate Minna’s life.