Phyllis Kelman, 82, of Atlanta

Phyllis Kelman, 82, of Atlanta

Phyllis Kelman, 82, of Atlanta, passed away on Thursday, September 5.

CandleBorn in Brooklyn, NY, she was the devoted mother of Howard and Bobbi Kelman, Steven Kelman, and Michelle and Kip Heinzmann, all of Atlanta.  Phyllis is also survived by her grandchildren; Melanie Kelman, Dana and Joshua Stein, and Meredith, Lexi and Brody Heinzmann; two great-grandchildren, Isabella and Graham Stein; and her brother and sister-in-law, Harvey and Barbara Lifshitz of East Windsor, NJ.

She epitomized the phrase, “heart of gold.”  She sacrificed to make sure those around her were taken care of by always putting others’ needs before her own.  She adored her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren, who provided her with immense joy.

Phyllis spent many years in retail with Steinbach’s in New Jersey and Macy’s in Atlanta. After retiring from Macy’s, she worked at Bagel Break in Sandy Springs and was the “cafeteria lady” at Davis Academy, Weber School and Greenfield Hebrew Academy. She loved being around the kids.  She always had a story about the kids at school and how well they treated and loved her, but she also loved feeding everybody. If you came to visit her at any time during her life, when you walked in the door, “Have you eaten?” were the first words you would hear.

Wherever she is now, she will make sure that everyone has eaten and is well taken care of.

An online guestbook is available at In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to The Temple or the American Cancer Society, She will be missed by all who knew her. Services were held at 2 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 8, 2013 at The Temple, 1589 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309 with Rabbi Peter Berg officiating. Burial followed at Crest Lawn Memorial Park.  Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.

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