Obituary: Raymond Henry Yarfitz, 93

Obituary: Raymond Henry Yarfitz, 93

Raymond Henry Yarfitz, 93, a resident of the Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home in Reserve, died Friday, December 30, 2016.

A native of the Bronx, New York, Mr. Yarfitz moved to the New Orleans area in 2013 from Atlanta, GA, where he resided for 60 years, most recently at the Atlanta Jewish Tower.ob_raymond-yarfitz

Mr. Yarfitz was born in 1923, the son of Benjamin and Hattie Yarfitz. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Marcia Bogart Yarfitz of Atlanta; and his brother, Leo Yarfitz of Boynton Beach, FL; and is survived by his daughters, Diane Schleifstein (Mark) of Metairie, LA, and Renee Wholey of Thornton, CO; and four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

An Army veteran of the European Theater during World War II, Mr. Yarfitz was an active member for many years of Atlanta Post 112 of the Jewish War Veterans, including serving as its commander. He also volunteered at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Atlanta for more than 20 years, and assisted with numerous blood drives with the Atlanta chapter of the American Red Cross. Mr. Yarfitz graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx and Pace College in New York.

He moved to the Atlanta area in 1952 after living in New York City following his return from the war. He retired in 1992 after holding positions as comptroller and accountant with a variety of businesses in the Atlanta area, including Shirley of Atlanta and Sunbrand. He was an active member of Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Atlanta and Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation in Metairie. Sign online guestbook at In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to either Ahavath Achim, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave. NW, Atlanta, GA 30327, or Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation, 3737 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie, LA. 70002.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Greenwood Cemetery, with Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.


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