Deceased Information


    AnnRita Levis Hader

    Chana Riva bat Chaim

  • AGE



    Wednesday, December 15, 2021 (Before Sunset)


    Thursday, December 16, 2021


    3:00 PM




    Meeting ID: 879 3074 3405

    Passcode: 270358


    AnnRita Levis Hader (85) was born in Evanston, Illinois to Herbert and Jeanette Levis. At the age of seven, Rita fell in love with the violin and played throughout her high school years at Evanston Township High School. When she was fifteen, she won a citywide musical competition to perform as the first soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As a young adult, Rita entertained audiences at Chicago’s Blue Angel nightclub with her violin and her magnificent singing voice. In 1957, Rita married Jesse Hader, a dashing young dental student. The newlyweds moved to Augusta, Georgia, where Jesse was stationed at Fort Gordon. Rita soon was hired as the promotion and music director at WRDW-TV. Shortly thereafter, she was given her own television variety show, titled after her stage name—The Rita Russell Show.

    In 1959, when Jesse’s tour of duty was over, Rita and Jesse decided to make their home in Atlanta. Rita’s television connections led to an offer as promotions director for WAGA-TV; however, since the position would involve a lot of travel, Rita chose to start a family instead. Her three children—Stacey, Joan, and Robert—were born within three years. Motherhood was Rita’s calling. She created a household filled with games, dress-up, crafts, books, and an open ear for her children as well as for their friends. She started a neighborhood kids’ club, The Candy Canes, where kids created handmade get-well cards for the patients at Egleston Hospital for Children. She founded the Creative Dramatics Workshop, an after-school creative theater outlet for children in the Toco Hills area, which taught acting theory, set design, script writing, and directing. Its subsidiary, the Children’s Caravan Theatre, was a traveling children’s theater for children. Its young actors performed several times at what was then called Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children.

    When her children were nearing their teens, Rita went back to school to earn her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in psychology. During those years, she volunteered at and served on the board of the Council on Battered. With her Ph.D. in hand, Rita opened a private practice in adult therapy, which she continued for over 30 years. During this time, she hosted an “after hours” radio show on WGST, “For Adults Only,” a no-holds-barred call-in program on adult relationships.

    Several years after she and Jesse divorced, Rita found love again with her soulmate, Jerry Siegel. The two married in 2003 and spent many beautiful and laughter-filled years together before his death in 2012. Though her life was filled with creativity and professional achievements, Rita saved most of her heart for her children and grandchildren. Her grandchildren—Jenna, Rachel, and Elana—could do no wrong! No matter where they lived, she never missed celebrating a birthday of one of her ziskeits (“sweethearts” in Yiddish) in person.

    Rita’s unbridled passion for her family, her delight in Tropicana Roses, L’Air du Temps, Latin American music, a mean game of Gin Rummy, and her unwavering taste for chocolate chip cookies and York Peppermint Patties will continue to comfort and bring smiles to her family in the years ahead. Much love and gratitude to her caregivers over the years: Vivette, Matelita, Martha, Anne, and Kathryn, as well as the extraordinary staff at Sunrise at Huntcliff Summit II, whose dedication, compassion, and love will not soon be forgotten. 

    Survivors include daughters Stacey Hader Epstein (David), Joan Hader (Brian Katz), and son Bob Hader (Donna), grandchildren Jenna Epstein (Alicia Salvino), Rachel Epstein, and Elana Katz and numerous heartbroken cousins and friends throughout the U.S.

    Donations may be made in Rita’s blessed memory to the Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Ner Israel Rabbinical College

     or Camp Ho Mita Koda  Funeral services were held in Atlanta. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770.451.4999.



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  • The Dressler Family

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

  • Ronnie Spiegelman

    Joan and family: I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was an extraordinary person who gave so much to the people in her life. May her memory be a blessing.

    December 23, 2021 , 03:52 PM

  • Ronnie Spiegelman

    Joan and family: I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was an extraordinary person who gave so much to the people in her life. May her memory be a blessing.

    December 23, 2021 , 03:52 PM

  • Beverly Merlin

    Dear Bob and Donna, what a lovely Obituary of your mother. My deepest condolences to you and your entire family. May her name always bring a smile to your face. Beverly

    December 22, 2021 , 05:38 PM

  • Jacqueline Hirsch

    My deepest sympathy to you and your entire family on the loss of your mother. May her memory be for a blessing for us all. HaMakom yenacheim etchem b'toch sha'are aveilei Tzion v'Yerushalayim.

    December 21, 2021 , 02:19 PM

  • Michael Leff

    I was so sorry to hear of Rita's passing. I knew her for only a few short years, but I appreciated that time; her wisdom; her diverse talents and her great love for her family. May her memory be your blessing.

    December 20, 2021 , 04:01 PM

  • Anne Gtabois-Davis

    Stacey and family - I'm so sorry for the loss of your amazing mother. May her memories bring you comfort at this sad time.

    December 19, 2021 , 07:21 PM

  • Margie & Herb Simonoff

    Stacey: Words cannot express our deep sympathy for you and your family at the loss of your beloved Mother, AnnRita. Our hearts go out to you at this difficult period. May time heal your sorrow and may you be left with wonderful memories of this lovely and remarkable woman. B'shalom, Margie & Herb

    December 19, 2021 , 05:12 PM

  • Leah Franco

    Joan - thinking of you at this time. May good memories bring you comfort & blessings, Leah

    December 18, 2021 , 04:10 PM

  • Gloria Merlin

    Please accept my sincere sympathy at this sad time. My thoughts are with your family.

    December 17, 2021 , 08:37 PM

  • Pam Hoffman Lowe

    Dear Joan and Stacey, I am sorry for your loss. It's hard to lose our mothers. May you find comfort from happy times, and may your mother's memory be for a blessing.

    December 16, 2021 , 06:38 PM

  • Maury Shapiro

    Stacey & Joan, I am thinking about you and your family.

    December 16, 2021 , 06:14 PM

  • Lynn Epstein and Ken Stein

    Stacey and David, sending our love and friendship. Sorry for your loss. May your memories and reflections be both a comfort and blessing.

    December 16, 2021 , 06:10 PM

  • Sandy and Dave Abrams

    Dear Stacey and Family Sending our heartfelt sympathy to all of you. May the memories of her life be bring you comfort at this time and forever.

    December 16, 2021 , 04:13 PM

  • Elaine and Jerry

    Dear Stacy and the families- So sorry for your loss. We hope that in time memories will bring some consolation and comfort With sympathy Elaine and Jerry

    December 16, 2021 , 01:39 AM

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