Deceased Information


    Pauline Kaplan

  • AGE



    Saturday, May 07, 2022 (Before Sunset)


    Sunday, May 08, 2022


    2:30 PM




    Meeting ID: 863 9644 4718

    Passcode: 968230


    Greenwood Cemetery



    Pauline (“Polly”) Carmin Kaplan said herself that she lived a wonderful life, and by all accounts she did. She died on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 92 years old. Born to George and Bertha Carmin on November 23, 1929 in the Bronx, following her sister, Muriel, whom she affectionately called Mimi, she had a typical New York childhood, with visits to Coney Island, until her father’s job at the American Cigar Company required their relocation to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in the heart of Amish country at the tender age of 6 years old.  She was an exceptionally bright child, skipping almost two grades, and remained sharp until the end, finishing the New York Times crossword puzzle daily. At the top of her high school class, she graduated from Penn State University. By her account, she had many male admirers, and it is true that she was quite the looker. With her keen wit, she continually reminded her 2 children and spouses, 6 grandchildren and even her 8 great grandchildren that they were smart because of her, and they all totally agreed. Her family was the ultimate joy in her life, and she was as devoted to them as they were to her. Polly never missed an event, seeing all her grandchildren graduate from graduate school, marry, while attending each and every birthday of the loving legacy of four generations.  She shared an exceptionally close bond with each member of the family leaving us with memories we will always cherish.

    Upon opening the door for Elijah at a community seder in Lancaster, Marvin Kaplan entered the room in his Navy whites and made quite the impression. As was typical of his direct but soft-spoken nature, he unceremoniously proposed to her shortly thereafter, and they relocated to Atlanta, where she spent the rest of her life. Atlanta soon became her home with a vibrant social life of bridge, canasta, and participation in the Jewish community. Marvin opened his own dental practice, spending over 50 years at his office in a little white house at the corner of Virginia and North Highland Avenues in the heart of Virginia Highlands, where Polly kept the books. They had two sons, Lawrence “Larry” and Alan. True to her smart genes, Larry and Alan both became successful doctors. Although Marvin was an exceptional hard worker, he made time for vacations, and they travelled the world together as members of a travelling club. After Marvin’s death, Polly moved from the Druid Hills home they shared to the Piedmont in Buckhead.

    Polly was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Kaplan, her sister, Muriel Carmin Schwarzman, and her parents George and Bertha Carmin. She is survived by her sons, Larry (Leah) Kaplan, Alan (Barbara) Kaplan, and her grandchildren, Jacob (Deborah) Kaplan, Benjamin (Ariella) Kaplan, Hannah (David) Kaplan Friedman, Molly (Adam) Weinberg, Jonathan (Julie) Kaplan, and Danielle (Samuel) Kaplan Wesley. She is also survived by her great grandchildren, Patton and Madeleine Kaplan, Hallie, Annie, and Max Weinberg, Evelyn and Ezra Kaplan, and Sadie Kaplan.

    Graveside services will be held on Sunday, May 8th, 2022 at Greenwood Cemetery in Atlanta, GA. Shiva will be held at the home of Barbara and Alan Kaplan, 510 North Doolin Drive, Roswell, GA 30076 from 6:00p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 8th and Monday, May 9th.

    If you’re so inclined, please make donations in her memory to Marcus Center for Autism, the Jewish National Fund, or a charity of your choice.

    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.

  • Elaine Katzman

    Dear Alan, Barbara, Larry and Leah, My sincerest condolences to you and all your family. I remember your mother well for how very active she was, bright and intelligent, and also beautifully dressed. No doubt she turned some heads. I hope the many memories you hold will bring you comfort and remind you of the joy you all brought to her. Please know I am thinking about you during this difficult time. May her name be remembered for a blessing.

  • Marilyn and Alsn Cristal

    so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this time of mourning

  • Barry and Nancy Shemaria

    Our condolences to Larry, Leah, and all the Kaplan families on your loss. Polly was a positive influence to all who knew her. I still have fond memories of her from our high school days.

  • Janice Perlis Ellin

    Alan and Barbara, sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. May her memory always be for a blessing.

  • Nancy, Alan, Nikki and Stephanie Freedman

    Dear Larry, Leah and family, We are so very sorry to hear about the loss of your dear mother Polly. Your mom was so fortunate to have lived a long, full and fruitful life, and to be blessed with so many loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We send our condolences and love to your entire family, and we know that you will have a lifetime of beautiful memories. Love, The Freedman Family

  • David Borenstein

    When the phrase, “The greatest generation” was first used, it was surely with you in mind. I will miss you tremendously. You were not only a surrogate mom, but a strong connection to the memory of my parents. I am so glad to have had you as part of my life for so long.

  • Lorraine Siegel

    My deepest condolences to the family. Polly was a wonderful person and a great friend and I will miss her. Everyone here has such warm things to say about her for she was an exceptional person. Please know my thoughts are with you at this sad time.

  • Lorraine Siegel

    My deepest condolences to the family. Polly was a wonderful person and a great friend and I will miss her. Everyone here has such warm things to say about her for she was an exceptional person. Please know my thoughts are with you at this sad time.

  • Scott and Shelley Kaplan

    Dear Alan, Larry, Barbara and Leah ?It was with sadness that we learned only a few moments ago of the passing of our dear Aunt Polly. It is indeed difficult and challenging to part with one who has literally been a part of your life “forever”. Aunt Polly was a brilliant, articulate, eloquent, creative, loving and compassionate person. From early childhood, she took great interest in our lives and played the role of Aunt in a manner that shaped our personalities and our enhanced our upbringing. She was always a 21st-century woman active in business affairs, clever in financial affairs, and a partner in every way to Uncle Marvin. The emptiness and sense of loss that we now feel will take a long time to heal. As you well know from your old high school science classes, there are stars in the sky whose light does not reach Earth until long after they are extinguished. Similarly there are people who continue to illuminate this world long after they have passed from it. Clearly Aunt Polly was such a person. Through the lessons she taught, the stories she told, the role model she set, the life she led, and the deeds of goodness, generosity and loving kindness she constantly performed, she will be lovingly remembered by children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends for a very long time to come. Indeed, the entire family will never be the same as we were before this loss, but we are ever so much better to have had someone so wonderful to loose. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this emotional time of your loss. May the memory of your dear Mom, our dear Aunt Polly, be an eternal blessing to all of us who were honored and privileged to know and love her; and may you be comforted in the knowledge that she lived a full, productive and joyous life. Get back into the game just as soon as you can because we suspect that is precisely what Aunt Polly would tell you to do Love ya! Scott and Shelley

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