Deceased Information


    Caki Mendel


    Wednesday, September 22, 2021 (Before Sunset)


    Friday, September 24, 2021


    03:00 PM





    Catherine “CAKI” Collat Mendel, age 61, passed away September 22, 2021 at Emory Hospital surrounded by her husband and children, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. She lived every day to the fullest and never let the disease take away her energy or enjoyment of life.


    Caki was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and her heart always had a warm spot for Birmingham and the community, but she moved to Atlanta after college and met her loving husband who survives her along with their 3 children, Bradley, Stacey, & Jason (Madison). She is also survived by her father Charles (Joanna) Collat, mother-in-law, Joanne Mendel, sisters Nancy Goedecke and Susie (John) Collat, brother Charlie (Cheryl) Collat, brothers-in-law, Richard (Muriel) Mendel and Howard Mendel, sister-in-law, Karen (Michael) Saul, and a great number of loving nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her mother, Patsy Collat, and her father-in-law, Jerry Mendel.


    Her genuine, thoughtful, and generous nature brought happiness to everyone she encountered. Family was the most important thing to her, whether related by blood or not. She would drop anything to help anyone or bring fresh baked cookies to let you know she was thinking about you.


    She had a remarkable love affair with her husband, Larry, for over 37 years. They were the true definition of soul mates, and she was his ultimate partner in creating a wonderful family and to share life’s exciting experiences together.


    Caki worked at Mayer, a family business, and was Director of Community Outreach. One of her proudest accomplishments was starting and developing the “Mayer Cares” program to give back to local communities. She always wanted to help others and this position helped to fuel her fire. You could see and feel her energy and happiness as successful events grew within the organization.


    Her faith grounded her, and The Temple played an integral role in her life where she served as President of the Sisterhood. She also enjoyed working with many other philanthropic organizations in her community.


    Caki’s pride and joy were her children. She was always part of the PTA, Room Parent, Sports Team Mom, and our #1 cheerleader. She traveled to every soccer game, baseball game, and golf match – no matter the distance!


    She loved to cook for her family and friends, and wanting to keep with tradition, would focus on meals which were passed down from generation-to-generation. If you just happened to drop in, she always had enough prepared. A home-cooked meal was always waiting.


    Her hobbies included needlepoint and knitting, with which she spoiled her children and family. She made a special tallit for all her children, nieces, and nephews for their bar and bat mitzvahs and beautiful blankets for her family. She brought smiles and warmth to all that were lucky


    enough to be recipients. These labors of love she graciously leaves behind will be cherished forever.


    She also enjoyed tennis with her friends at The Standard Club followed by lunch and laughter. She was an avid sports enthusiast -- playing golf with her boys, tennis with the family, and gathering around to watch football on Saturdays and Sundays. Together is where she wanted to be.


    Her adventurous spirit took her around the world with her family and friends. She loved skiing in the mountains, a beach front view, and finding new places to explore. But one of her favorite places to go was her family home on Lake Martin where she especially enjoyed a sunset cocktail cruise. Wherever she went, she wanted the people she loved by her side.


    All she touched she left in better shape. Her love will live on through those who were fortunate enough to know her.


    In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to JF&CS Atlanta, Collat Jewish Family Services Birmingham, The Temple or Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation(

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  • The Dressler Family

    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.

  • Beth and Evan Fishman and family

    We are so incredibly sad to hear about Caki. She literally was one of the nicest people any of us has had the pleasure of meeting. Watching our boys play golf together I know made us all proud and happy. May her glorious memory be a blessing.

    October 01, 2021 , 02:33 PM

  • Robert & Judy Port

    Judy and I send our condolences. May her memory always be a blessing for you and your family. Our thoughts are with you.

    September 28, 2021 , 08:46 PM

  • Juli Galanti

    Caki was a beautiful person both inside and out. Her warmth apparent to all who were lucky enough to spend time with her and her generous spirit felt by all. She was quick to volunteer for worthy causes and always had the brightest smile. She will be sorely missed.

    September 28, 2021 , 02:38 AM

  • Connie & Alan (KINGFISH) Saul

    Larry, Connie & I were deeply saddened to hear about Caki's passing. We know how difficult this must be for yall. May you find Peace in your memories. Our Condolences are with You & Your Entire Family. "GodBless"

    September 28, 2021 , 04:04 PM

  • Janice Perlis Ellin

    Larry and the entire Mendel family, sincerest condolences on the loss of Caki. Whenever our paths crossed, I realized what a special, unique person she was. May her memory always be for a blessing and may those wonderful memories sustain you as you mourn.

    September 26, 2021 , 01:23 PM

  • Antonio Walker

    Condolences to the Collat and Mendel family. Sorry for our loss ,Our prayers our with you. Trameka, Amaya and Antonio Walker

    September 26, 2021 , 01:23 PM

  • Tracy Dankberg

    Larry, Stacey, Jason and Bradley, My heart breaks for you all. While I did not know Caki well I do have fond memories of our time together at Mendel family reunions. What a beautiful person inside and out. May her memory be a blessing to you all. The Dankberg family

    September 24, 2021 , 06:48 PM



    September 24, 2021 , 06:48 PM

  • Cecile Waronker

    Please accept my deepest sympathy to the entire Mendel family. Caki was such an outstanding young woman.

    September 24, 2021 , 06:48 PM

  • Bruce and Vickie Reisman

    Larry, Sending our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family. May the memories of Caki be forever in your hearts.

    September 24, 2021 , 06:48 PM

  • Cindy and Rick May

    Larry, Bradley, Stacey ,and Jason, We are so sadden by the loss of your beloved and cherished Mom, Caki. She was a wonderful woman. We can’t imagine the heartache you must be feeling. Please know our hearts are with you at this most difficult time in your lives.

    September 24, 2021 , 06:48 PM

  • Joanne (Rothfarb) and Michael Kooden

    So sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you.

    September 24, 2021 , 06:48 PM

  • Joanne Barrington Lipshutz

    May Caki\\\'s memory be for a blessing. May we all learn from her life! Wishing the Mendel family all my love. Love, Joanne

    September 24, 2021 , 06:52 PM

  • Dianne and Don Jaslow

    Mendel and Collat Family, We are good friends of Bootsie and Ralph who tell us about your wonderful family and about Caki who was a very special person. We send all of you our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you all.

    September 24, 2021 , 06:50 PM

  • Dianne and Don Jaslow

    Collat Family, Bootsie and Ralph are our very good friends who told us about Caki being such a wonderful special person. We send you all our heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. We know she will be missed by everyone who loved and knew her.

    September 24, 2021 , 06:50 PM

  • David Weissmann

    HaMakom Y\\\'nacham Etchem B\\\'toch Shaar Aveley Tziyon V\\\'Yerushalayim

    September 24, 2021 , 06:52 PM

  • Bruce and Gayle Brett

    Larry and family, so sorry for your loss. Gayle loved working with Caki on all her school related volunteer activities. Her smile and positive attitude were so contagious. May your memories bring you comfort.

    September 24, 2021 , 06:52 PM

  • Laura Tate

    I am heartbroken to hear of Caki\\\'s passing. What a beautiful soul! She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.

    September 24, 2021 , 07:02 PM

  • Amy & Steve Fine

    Larry and Family- Caki will always be the shining star who made everyone smile. She will be missed by all. Our thoughts and love are with you. Love, Amy & Steve

    September 24, 2021 , 06:54 PM

  • Larry Gordon

    Larry, I am so saddened to hear of Caki’s passing. Such a vivacious person.

    September 24, 2021 , 06:54 PM

  • Susan Jaffe

    My sincere sympathies to your family. Caki was my sorority sister back at Newcomb and I loved her dearly. Sending so much love

    September 24, 2021 , 06:54 PM

  • Sara Speer Selber

    Sending so much love…

    September 24, 2021 , 06:54 PM

  • Mindy and David Ellin

    Larry, we are so incredibly saddened to hear the news of Caki's passing. Please know our thoughts are with you and your entire family during this most difficult time. While we didn't know her well, she always had the most beautiful smile when we bumped into each other. May her memory forever be a blessing.

    September 24, 2021 , 06:55 PM

  • Faye + Brian Maloney

    We are shocked and saddened to hear of Caki's passing. We have such wonderful memories of our trip to Israel and the dinners that followed. Prayers + love to her entire family. Faye + Brian Maloney

    September 24, 2021 , 06:55 PM

  • Lynn and Marc Goldstein

    Dear Mendel Family, Our hearts are broken for you all. Caki was such a fabulous person and she will be so missed. May all the memory of her be a source of comfort to you all. Lynn and Marc Goldstein

    September 24, 2021 , 06:55 PM

  • Glenn Goedecke

    Larry and family, my sincere thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. Caki fought a hard battle. May she now rest in peace and sit in God's hands! RIP Caki.

    September 24, 2021 , 06:55 PM

  • Mark Goodman

    Terri and I want to extend our deepest condolences. Caki was a remarkable woman and she will be deeply missed. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

    September 24, 2021 , 06:55 PM

  • barbara scheer-eason

    Larry and all the Mendel family, I am so sad to hear Caki is gone. My condolences to you. She will be missed.

    September 24, 2021 , 06:57 PM

  • Robin Phillips

    Mendel family, we were so sad to hear of Caki’s passing. She was a lovely, outgoing lady and I know she will be terribly missed by all. Robin Phillips.

    September 24, 2021 , 06:57 PM

  • Rick and Cindy May

    Larry, Words alone cannot express how very sad we are. The world has lost a truly wonderful person. You have lost the most important person in your life and the pain must be unbearable. We are so sorry and if there is anything we can do, please don't hesitate to call upon us.

    September 24, 2021 , 06:57 PM

  • Daniel and Heidi Neumann

    Prayers for the Family. I know she is dearly missed by you all. ??

    September 24, 2021 , 06:57 PM

  • Karen Krasner

    Larry, So sorry for your loss. Caki will be missed by so many.

    September 24, 2021 , 06:57 PM

  • Andy Berke

    Larry, So so sorry to hear about Caki. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

    September 24, 2021 , 06:57 PM

  • Andy Siegel

    My sincere condolences Larry and to the entire Mendel family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. May Caki's memory be for a blessing.

    September 24, 2021 , 06:57 PM

  • Helen and George Steinheimer

    Larry, Thinking and praying for you and all of your family at this difficult time. May Caki’s memory be a blessing. Love, Helen and George Steinheimer

    September 24, 2021 , 06:57 PM

  • barbara scheer-eason

    To All the Mendel family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Caki was a warm and caring lady who will be missed by many.

    September 24, 2021 , 06:57 PM

  • Harold Lefkoff

    Dear Larry, I had just met Caki at your house about three weeks ago. She was adorable and I fell in love with her immediately. What ever I can do for you I will. Harold

    September 24, 2021 , 06:58 PM

  • gene diamond

    the Diamond Family sends their prayers for strength

    September 23, 2021 , 01:04 PM

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