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Deceased Information

Rita Atlas Goldstein Wolfson
Rachel bat Israel Mordichai HaLevy

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 (before sunset)

5 Shevat, 5777

Friday, February 3, 2017

12:30 PM

Ahavath Achim (AA) Synagogue, Atlanta GA

Arlington Memorial Park, Atlanta GA

6:30 PM Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5, 2017 at the home of Aleta and Howard Aaron
4115 Haverhill Dr. NE Atlanta, GA 30342

Please contact Dresslers at 770-451-4999 to send a message to the family.

  • Yad LaKashish (in honor of Rita Goldstein Wolfson)  
  • Lerner Jewish Day School (Rita Goldstein Wolfson Friendship Garden)  

    Rita Atlas Goldstein Wolfson peacefully passed away on February 1, 2017 at her home in Chapel Hill, NC. Rita was the oldest child of her loving parents Ollie and Bertha Atlas. She grew up in Washington, DC, graduated from Roosevelt High School, and Chevy Chase Jr College. Rita is predeceased by her former husband, Marvin C. Goldstein, and her sister Sonia A. Levin. Rita was a Matriarch, an amazing woman of great beauty and stature. A humanitarian, philanthropist, artist, civic and Jewish leader, she was loved and admired in Washington, Atlanta, Palm Beach, Manhasset and Chapel Hill for her endless devotion to the families and communities where she lived. Together with Marvin for over 40 years, they created a shared life of Jewish values and community leadership. She was a consummate host, whether the Governor was at her home, the Israel Prime Minister at the Atlanta American Hotel, or the Goldstein family Sunday pool parties in her beautiful back yard. Rita was always gracious, intelligent, charming and gorgeous. A highlight of her life was the invitation from President Carter to her and Marvin for the Camp David Mideast Peace Signing. Rita met many world leaders, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Israel Prime Ministers and American Presidents, and she and Marvin were invited to the White House by President Carter. She loved meeting Bill and Hillary Clinton, and avidly participated in the 2016 election. Rita was Co-Chair of the UJA North America World Assembly in Atlanta and was a recipient of the Woman of Valor award from the Friends of the Hebrew University. A passionate flower gardener, Rita was especially proud of her establishment with Marvin of a rooftop garden in Jerusalem at Lifeline for the Aged, Yad LaKashish, which empowers over 300 elderly residents of Jerusalem. Rita established a Community Friendship Garden at the Lerner Jewish Day School in Durham, NC. Ritaís philanthropic spirit will live on in perpetuity through Jewish Federation Lion of Judah annual campaign endowments in Atlanta, Palm Beach and Durham/Chapel Hill. Rita was a member of Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Atlanta, GA for over 50 years. As an artist Rita produced an outstanding collection of dozens of marble sculptures that will grace her familyís homes for generations to come. Later in life, she took up painting again, giving her beautiful canvasses away to those lucky enough to come through her doors. There was no one like Rita, who shared her love nonstop with all. This was especially true of the large Goldstein family, the Atlas family, the Wolfson family, and the hundreds of domestic, dental and hotel employees that she personally bought and wrapped gifts for every Holiday Season for forty years. Ritaís circles of friends and colleagues spanned the globe. She taught, by example, how to be a good person - write letters, make calls, welcome family and strangers, care for each other, do whatís right. Rita remarried after Marvinís death and is survived by her husband, Harold Wolfson, of Delray Beach, FL, and his children: Jamie (Phillip, Andrew), Cindy (Larry), and Gary (Fernanda, Ezra). Harold and Rita had a charmed marriage, traveling the world with wonderful friends. They brought together their two families at the beach, in the mountains, and on the ocean - as they shared their mutual commitment to Judaism, Israel and family. She is survived by her brother, Simon Atlas (Ellen) of Bethesda, MD; her son, Armand Goldstein of Acworth, GA; her daughter, Aleta Aaron (Howard) of Atlanta, GA; her son, Andrew Goldstein of Occidental, CA; her daughter, Anne Strickland (Curt) of Stoughton, MA; and her son, Adam Goldstein (Beth) of Chapel Hill, NC. Grandma Rita loved her ten grandchildren more than anything: Alana (Jack), Tonja (Justin), Blair (Matt), Jesse (Laura), Willow, Leah, Jared, Michael, Elianna, and Nicotiana. And her three great-grandchildren, Miles, Rune, and Lennon. Rita was fortunate to have her wonderful aide, Caroline Fauci, with her for the last several years of her life, and Jane Hayes, and many other caregivers in Chapel Hill. Rita was blessed to have Adam and Beth nearby, whose ceaseless caring and commitment to Shabbat gave her a sacred place to stay connected with family and make new friends to her last day. Everyone who knew her was blessed to have Rita in their lives. Sign online guestbook at Funeral services will be held 12:30 PM Friday, February 3, 2017 at Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Atlanta, GA, with Rabbi Lawrence Rosenthal and Rabbi Daniel Greyber from Beth El Synagogue in Durham, NC officiating. Graveside services will follow in Arlington Memorial Park, Sandy Springs, GA. Donations in Ritaís memory may be made to Yad LaKashish,, in honor of Rita Goldstein Wolfson; or to the Rita Goldstein Wolfson Friendship Garden at the Lerner Jewish Day School, Arrangements by Dresslerís Jewish Funeral Home, Atlanta, GA, 770-451-4999.

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    The Dressler Family
    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.
    Leslie and Chuck Lowenstein - JerusalemFeb 8 2017 08:40 am
    Rita was a one-of-a-kind woman. She will be missed by so many of us.
    Samantha Henry (Strickland)Feb 7 2017 12:19 pm
    Rita was always so kind and generous with our (Strickland) family and we will miss her greatly. It was clear to all who had the pleasure of meeting her that her family was her shining light. I hope your cherished memories of her bring you some comfort in this difficult time. Warm wishes, Samantha Henry (Strickland).
    Corrine, Fred, Courtney & PatrickFeb 6 2017 12:56 pm
    We know that Rita was a special woman who offered the world a lot judging from the wonderful children she raised. We have the pleasure of knowing and enjoying friendship with the Strickland Family. It is apparent from their love of family, friends and community that Rita passed along a legacy. The world is a better place for your contributions.
    Connie Kirk-JaobsFeb 4 2017 07:57 pm
    Armand, So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I remember her from when we were in band together. Hope G-d gives you peace at this time. May He Bless you.
    Lynn RanewFeb 3 2017 09:30 pm
    My prayers and thoughts are with your family.
    Suzanne StricklandFeb 3 2017 06:12 pm
    My thoughts and prayers are with Rita and her family.
    Barbara and Burt GoldFeb 3 2017 05:44 pm
    We were very saddened to hear about the loss of Rita. She had a beautiful smile and was so warm and friendly when we saw her. Thinking of all of the family and sending our deepest sympathy.
    Reed and Leigh RaynorFeb 3 2017 12:44 pm
    Hugs, Love, and our deepest condolences to each member of the Goldstein Family.
    Judy and Paul FinkelFeb 3 2017 12:24 am
    We send our heartfelt condolences to the entire family on the loss of your incredible Rita. Her good deeds and good name will be forever remembered. May sweet memories sustain you all at this difficult time.
    Barry ZippermanFeb 2 2017 10:23 pm
    Rita defined the term "Lady" for me. She was always elegant, charming, friendly and kind. She had a big presence in the world, and her departure will leave a big hole for all who knew and loved her. I send heartfelt condolences and many healing hugs to her entire large and beautiful family. Barry Zipperman
    Brian Stutz Toronto, CanadaFeb 2 2017 09:04 pm
    Thinking of all of you at this difficult time. I hope the memories give you comfort. Your mom left quite an amazing legacy to be proud of. Big hugs to Aleta, Anne, Blair and Leah.
    Paul YurfestFeb 2 2017 07:33 pm
    Dear Rita's family. A true monarch of women graced us with her life. We were blessed to know her! The Yurfest Family
    Marilyn &Sam Eckstein Feb 2 2017 06:15 pm
    Knowing Rita made my life happier. She was as sweet as she was beautiful. Will miss her. Marilyn &Sam
    Steve and Simone SoltanFeb 2 2017 02:41 pm
    It was always special to see Rita during the High Holidays. We are saddened by her passing but she did so much during her wonderful lifetime. It was a wonderful memorial in the Atlanta newspaper.
    Terri TysonFeb 2 2017 08:52 am
    I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. Sending love and condolences to you and your family. Bob and Terri Tyson
    Marty Oxman & Famy,Charlotte,NCFeb 1 2017 07:16 pm
    My condolences to the Goldstein Wolfson Family.
    Elaine &Jerry BlumenthalFeb 1 2017 03:41 pm
    A beautiful lady in every way who made of her life a wonderful example of a life well lived. We certainly missed her when she left our community, but her legacy and inspiration live on. Our deep sympathy on this loss. Elaine & Jerry Blumenthal
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