Obituary: Sharon Fagin

Obituary: Sharon Fagin

A Louisiana native, she was a longtime elementary school teacher and was active at Temple Sinai.

Sharon Beth Velinsky Fagin, age 72, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, from complications of nonsmoking lung cancer.

Sharon is survived by her husband of 51 years, Howard Fagin; children Barry and Shelly Danz and Craig Fagin and Abi Auer; grandchildren Megan and Ryan Danz and Seth and Liza Fagin; and sister and brother-in-law Dianne and Don Jaslow. She was predeceased by her parents, Goldie Velinsky Morris and Paul L. Velinsky of blessed memory.

Sharon Fagin

Sharon was born and raised in Shreveport, La. She graduated from Byrd High School in Shreveport and received her undergraduate degree in education from the University of Oklahoma and master of arts from Oglethorpe University. She taught elementary education for 20 years, first at Luckie Street Elementary in Atlanta, then at Hightower Elementary in DeKalb County and first grade at Brockett Elementary in Tucker, DeKalb County. After her retirement, she was a substitute elementary education teacher at Heards Ferry Elementary in Sandy Springs, Fulton County. Sharon was a longtime volunteer at Temple Sinai. She loved coordinating the Temple Sinai Book Club and adult Hebrew classes. Previously, she also ran the gift shop and taught Sunday school for 12 years at Temple Sinai. In college, Sharon was active in Alpha Epsilon Phi. Sharon was also an active volunteer serving on telethons for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Sign the online guestbook at In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sharon Fagin and Goldie Velinsky Morris Music Enrichment Endowment Fund at Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Drive, Atlanta, GA 30327,, or the Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, 1577 NE Expressway, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30329, Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 2:30 p.m. at Temple Sinai, with burial to follow at Arlington Memorial Park. Rabbi Ron Segal, Rabbi Brad Levenberg and Cantor Beth Schafer of Temple Sinai are officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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