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Deceased Information

DECEASED:
Helen Spiegel
Chana bat Chaim


DATE OF DEATH:
Thursday, June 8, 2017 (before sunset)

14 Sivan, 5777

DATE OF FUNERAL:
Sunday, June 11, 2017


TIME OF FUNERAL:
10:00 AM


PLACE OF FUNERAL:
GRAVESIDE


PLACE OF BURIAL:
Crest Lawn Memorial Park, Atlanta GA


SHIVA INFORMATION:
The family will sit shiva Sunday following the service until 8:30 PM and from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM Monday at the home of Liz and Bobby Goldstein (7:00 PM minyan both evenings); and 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Tuesday in Helen and Frank's apartment at Huntcliff Summit (#220) from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (with a 7:00 PM minyan in the Essex Room on the 6th floor)
3230 Turtle Lake Court, Marietta, GA 30067
8592 Roswell Road Atlanta, GA 30350

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  • Weinstein Hospice 3150 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
  • Hadassah 47 Perimeter Center East, Suite 210, Atlanta, GA 30346
  • Shearith Israel Women's Night Shelter-Rebecca's Tent 1180 University Drive, Atlanta, GA 30306

  • OBITUARY:
    Helen Wasserman Spiegel, age 93, Atlanta, Georgia, died June 8, 2017. Helen was born in Nuremberg, Germany on July 19,1923, the daughter of Hans and Selma Wasserman. In 1939, after Kristallnacht, her family was able to leave Germany for Boston where she finished high school. After high school, she went to work in Galveston,Texas for a family friend. There she met the love of her life, a young soldier, also a German immigrant, Frank. Frank and Helen married in 1946 and moved to Atlanta to raise their family and begin a career in community service that would last 71 years. Helen, though short in stature made a large impact on all who met her. Her activities ranged from an early supporter of the Hebrew Academy; founding member of a new young synagogue, Beth El; chapter and regional president of Hadassah; board member of the Jewish Home and organizer and guiding light of the Shearith Israel Women's Night Shelter for 25 years. She was a docent and educator of the Holocaust for the Breman Center. Helen spoke to students around Atlanta, giving them a picture of life as a teenager in Nazi Germany. Helen ran the Olympic torch in 1996 as a tribute to all her services. She was blessed to see her family grow and thrive. Helen will be remembered by many and is survived by her husband, Frank; daughter and son-in-law, Liz and Bobby Goldstein, Atlanta; sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Robin Spiegel, Atlanta; Walter and Sharon Spiegel, Cincinnati; sister, Edith Meyers, New Rochelle and sister-in-law, Sylvia Spiegel, Atlanta; grandchildren: Adam (Kim) Goldstein, Sherri (James) Nighbert, Jeremy, Shira, Jacob, Elana and Sophie Spiegel; four great-grandchildren: Jordan and Reese Goldstein and Taylor and Bryce Nighbert. Sign online guestbook at www.edressler.com. Contributions may be made to Hadassah, 47 Perimeter Center East, Suite 210, Atlanta, GA 30346, www.hadassah.org; Shearith Israel Women's Night Shelter (aka Rebecca's Tent) 1180 University Drive, Atlanta, GA 30306, www.rebeccastent.org; or Weinstein Hospice, 3150 Howell Mill Road, NW, Atlanta,GA 30327, www.weinsteinhospice.com. A graveside service will be held Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 10:00 am at CrestLawn Memorial Park with Rabbi Analia Bortz officiating. Arrangements by Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta (770) 451-4999.


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    Karen Lansky Edlin Jun 15 2017 04:33 pm
    So sorry to hear about the passing of Helen. Thinking about the family during tis difficult time.
    Barry RabinowitzJun 15 2017 01:03 am
    To Walter and the rest of the family - despite her short physical stature, we (especially my mother Sonya) always looked up to her and considered her a giant of enormous energy and strength. She lit up our home whenever she came to do Hadasah business with mom, and when I accompanied my mom to your house to drop off papers (or whatever Hasasah empresses do), she would always have a warm greeting and some cookies for me. She was the first Holocaust survivor I'd ever met. I remember at one point thinking that Holocaust survivors must all be very energetic, short, and warmly funny to have survived the Nazis. We're all blessed for having her in our lives. May Hashem comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
    Judy VinessJun 14 2017 03:32 pm
    Dear Frank & Family. I was saddened to learn of Helen's Passing. Working with her over the years in Hadassah was such a joy for me. She will be missed and always remembered by her friends and family.
    Marcie Gross KofflerJun 14 2017 12:11 am
    Mark: I am so very sorry for your loss! May her memory always be a blessing for you!
    Henry RosenfelderJun 12 2017 08:43 pm
    I just heard that Helen passed away last week. She was such a fantastic women. She was always willing to help in any way without wanting or expecting recognition. She is credited with getting my mother involved in Hadassah. Even though Helen was short in stature she was a giant in her contribution to the Atlanta JEWISH community and her immediate and extended family. She will be sorely missed.
    Ken JoelJun 11 2017 06:42 pm
    I just heard your Mom died. I am very sorry for your loss. Helen was a wonderful lady. Growing up next door to "the Spiegels", I was able to enjoy the generosity and the wonderful loving demeanor of Helen. She was my second mother, way back when, always generous with the seltzer water and liverwurst from New York which I loved as a boy. I will always have fond memories of her and I know many others will as well. She had an incredible impact on the individuals and communities around her. She lived through a nightmare and wanted to educate others so history would not repeat itself. Much love to the Spiegel family. Love, Ken and family
    Bill PulgramJun 11 2017 02:36 pm
    Dear Frank, I send my greetings and deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear wife Helen. With many memories, Bill Pulgram
    Melanie MitznerJun 11 2017 11:33 am
    Always adored both of your parents. Warm memories of our times together growing up. Thinking of you, Mark and sending love to all of you.
    Emily k GreenJun 11 2017 09:41 am
    Mark and Robin, We were so sorry to hear of Helen's death. She was a wonderful mentor for me in my younger years of Hadassah, the Tel Chai chapter. She spent many many hours giving and sharing her knowledge with us. This wonderful woman will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Emily and Willie Green
    Tova and Mark CohenJun 10 2017 04:56 pm
    Mrs. Spiegel made a difference. We remember her for her foresight and wisdom, and we continue to see her spark in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. May her memory be blessed.
    Eileen & MiltonJun 10 2017 09:39 am
    What a wonderful Mother you had! Helen was so special, smart, and talented. It was a pleasure to know her. We can't be with you on Sunday, however, our hearts and thoughts are with you. May her name be for a blessing forever.
    Manuela BornsteinJun 9 2017 09:32 pm
    Dear Helen was an unusual woman. She devoted her energy to so many important causes, not only creating the shelter for homeless women at Cong. Shearith Israel, educating countless children about the horrors of the Shoah, but also actively supporting Hadassah here and in Israel. She was short in stature, but very strong in her convictions. I miss Helen and I want to offer Frank and the entire family my deepest condolences. Fondly, Manuela Bornstein
    Kathy and Tim ShapiroJun 9 2017 05:13 pm
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Your mother was such a strong, hard working, and generous woman. What an inspiration for all of us.
    Laurie TowleJun 9 2017 01:44 pm
    My heart goes out to the many whose lives were touched by Helen Spiegel. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Laurie Towle
    Margie EdenJun 9 2017 11:42 am
    Helen was a beautiful woman. I first met Helen through my mom and Hadassah and had the pleasure of working with her in Federation also. My prayers and sincere condolences to the entire family.
    Michael & Debbie CroninJun 9 2017 10:55 am
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts & prayers to you family.
    Deborah and Scott HarrisJun 9 2017 10:12 am
    We are saddened to learn of Helen’s passing away. She was certainly a great lady who cared deeply for others and acted in service of the community, especially those in the greatest need, all of her life. She will be sorely missed. Our hearts go out to Liz all to all of the family. Love, Deborah and Scott
    Marty Oxman & Family, Charlotte,NCJun 8 2017 09:09 pm
    My condolences to the Spiegel Family.
    ILENE ZierJun 8 2017 08:53 pm
    A real guiding light in Atlanta's Jewish community. Small in statue but so tall in commitment. Helen will be missed.
    Jan Saperstein KinslerJun 8 2017 05:03 pm
    So very sorry for your loss..from one of the kids on Briar Park Court.
    Carol and Dave FinkJun 8 2017 04:53 pm
    We were acquainted with Helen and Frank at Shearith Israel and the women's night shelter. Both Helen and Frank gave many hours of caring to the people in need. We always admired both Helen and Frank. May Helen rest in peace.
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