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Deceased Information

DECEASED:
Harriet Cotton Orentlicher
Chana bat Yaacov


DATE OF DEATH:
Saturday, June 10, 2017 (before sunset)

16 Sivan, 5777

DATE OF FUNERAL:
Monday, June 12, 2017


TIME OF FUNERAL:
2:00 PM


PLACE OF FUNERAL:
GRAVESIDE


PLACE OF BURIAL:
Arlington Memorial Park, Atlanta GA


SHIVA INFORMATION:
The family will receive guests at the home of Joan Orentlicher, 163 River Ridge Lane, Roswell, Ga. 30075 on Monday after the funeral until 8pm and Tuesday from 5-8pm.
163 River Ridge Ridge Ln. Roswell, GA 30075

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  • OBITUARY:
    Harriet Cotton Orentlicher, age 93, died June 10, 2017. Harriet was born in Birmingham, Alabama, to Bessie and Jacob Cotton. As a young woman, while traveling for Hadassah as southeast president, Harriet met her husband of 64 years, Abbot Orentlicher, in blessed memory, formally of Brockton, Massachusetts. As ardent Zionists, married in 1948, they liked to say that they and Israel came alive the same year. Harriet and Abbot settled in Atlanta and owned and operated Gershon’s Market for over 30 Years and raised three children: George, Joan and Robert. Harriet was the quintessential volunteer particularly for Jewish causes. In addition to her full time job, she found time to be president of the Hebrew Academy PTA, hosted soldiers stationed in Atlanta for holiday dinners, traveled to Israel on a Mission, volunteered at the Jewish Home, was an active member of Hadassah, to name a few. In the mid-70’s when Harriet and Abbot sold their business, Harriet was recruited by the Jewish Federation and retired after many years of service. During retirement Harriet was able to fulfill her lifelong dream to support child literacy by recruiting and managing over 80 volunteers to tutor children in the public school system to help build their reading skills. She was honored by the Atlanta Jewish Coalition for Literacy as a “Woman of Achievement” in 2006 for this accomplishment. Harriet also volunteered her time with COMPEER Atlanta, which pairs volunteers and individuals with various disabilities. Harriet was a joyful, extremely friendly and giving person all of her life. She loved entertaining people with her jokes and clever poems. She treasured her family and all the nieces, nephews and cousins on her and Abbot’s side of the family as well as many good friends, particularly the Rubin and Young families. She will be missed by many. The family wishes to acknowledge the extraordinary care and love given to Harriet by The Cohen Home and The Weinstein Hospice staff. Sign online guestbook: www.edressler.com. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Weinstein Hospice, The Cohen Home, or a charity of your choice. Graveside services will be held 2:00 PM Monday, June 12, 2017 at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.


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    Elaine McGeeJun 22 2017 02:56 pm
    It was with overwhelming sadness that I learned of Harriet's death. She was a dear friend and second mother to me for over 35 years. We have spent countless hours talking, laughing, and sharing together. She and Abbot also served as honorary grandparents to my daughter Rena; we shared almost every Rosh Hashanah, Passover, and Thanksgiving with them and the Rubin family until she left for college. Harriet was a lady filled with so much joy and compassion, with an open heart ready to listen and open arms ready to hug. And she possessed an incredible sense of humor and wit, and wrote fabulous poetry, which I've saved and treasured. No task for impossible for Harriet; she volunteered endlessly for good causes. She had a special gift for making others feel talented and confident. She was my greatest cheerleader. Truly, a special light has gone out in our world with Harriet's death. I was honored to be her friend. She will not be forgotten.
    Cheryl Cotton GarfinkelJun 18 2017 12:39 pm
    Sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She contacted me here in Atlanta many years ago when my younger son was born and she saw the announcement in the paper. We tried to determine how we were related. We spent a nice afternoon together with my extended family from Massachusetts. May her memory be a blessing.
    Rachelle Leaf BerlinerJun 18 2017 06:53 am
    Harriet was one of the most dear people I ever knew. She and your Dad were very close to my brother, Vic, and always there for him and his family. May Hashem give you strength and courage to endure your loss! I am grateful to know you have such loving memories of your Mom. She made a difference in our Jewish community and with family and friends. She will be missed by many. Rachelle
    Lester and Jane SeigelJun 14 2017 09:41 pm
    Zeicher tzaddik livracha. Blessings on a life well lived. Our thoughts are with you.
    Ferne SeigelJun 13 2017 09:00 pm
    Dear Joan, George, and Bobby, I loved your Mother. I remember her giggle, her ever present smile, and her interest in all things family. She influenced me most when I was young, her Birmingham years. Even though I didn't see her often later on, I was refreshed when I did, and impressed with her generosity. I will keep her memory close. Please accept my sympathy. Love, Ferne
    Joy & Robert FleisherJun 13 2017 05:02 pm
    Harriet was such a dear person. Always cheerful and full of love. She was loved by all who knew her. We are grateful for all of our fond memories. We are sending our love.
    Esther Gerson LevyJun 12 2017 07:52 pm
    I'm so sorry to hear of Harriet's passing. I remember her as such a sweet woman who always had a smile to make you feel welcome. I didn't know about her volunteer work, but in reading about all that she did I could picture her working toward making a better life for the people she helped. My sincere condolences to Joan and George and Robert on your loss.
    Jonathan GinsbergJun 12 2017 04:44 pm
    I have many fond childhood memories of playing with Robert over on Homestead Ave. Mrs. O was always friendly and welcoming then and whenever I would run into her over the years. What a wonderful lady.
    GLADYS HIRSCHJun 11 2017 04:22 pm
    I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR OFF. HARRIETTE, Z'L, WAS MY YOUNG JUDEA LEADER IN BIRMINGHAM. OUR FAMILIES GO BACK A LONG WAY. I SAW HER FEW WEEKS AGO AT HE JEWISH HOME. SHE WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY PERSON. SHE WILL BE MISSED. MY HEARTFELT SYMPATHY. GLADYS HIRSCH
    Sheri YoungJun 11 2017 03:44 pm
    We are all so saddened to receive the news of Harriet's passing. We have always thought of the Orentlichers as family and loved her as our own. May Harriet's memory be a blessing to all who knew and loved her. She, Abbot, and my parents are together again. With all our love.
    Dana Raymon RubinJun 11 2017 01:30 pm
    I knew Harriet for probably 40 years or more. She was one of the most delightful and loving people I have ever known. She will truly be missed by more people than can ever be counted.
    Jane ScovellJun 11 2017 07:26 am
    Dearest George, Joan and Robert, i wish I could be with you in person but please believe me I am there in spirit. And speaking of spirit, was there ever a more spirited person than your mother? She brought her own special joie de vivre into the Orentlicher family and, for me, was a loving, vivacious, thoughtful, and delightful aunt. Among my treasured memories is a visit to a flea circus in Time Square where your mother and I watched fleas do their tricks. Who else would go to a flea circus? Hurray for Uncle Abbot for finding Harriet Cotton and allowing us to embrace her. I send y'all (my southern cousins) my love and deepest sympathies. Jane
    Philip wendkosJun 10 2017 10:06 pm
    I am saddened by the passing of Harriet, of blessed memory. I remember her from the Federation in Atlanta. A sweet soul is no longer with us... Phil Wendkos
    Steve & Carol CottonJun 10 2017 08:02 pm
    Joan, George and Bobby, We'll miss Aunt Harriet's love and laughter, though it will always live on in our hearts. We're all so lucky to have had her in our lives. Love, Steve and Carol
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