Deceased Information


    Heather LeAnne Alhadeff

    Hadassah bat Shmuel v Naomi Ruth

  • AGE



    Saturday, May 28, 2022 (Before Sunset)


    Tuesday, May 31, 2022


    2:30 PM




    Meeting ID: 870 3187 8198

    Passcode: 94934


    Greenwood Cemetery


    Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 7:00 pm at Congregation OrVeshalom


    • ❖ GoFundMe site to be announced


    Heather LeAnne Alhadeff passed away on May 28, 2022 after a courageous battle with Leukemia. Survivors include: husband, Miguel Christie and son Aquiles, mother Jean Alhadeff (Efrom Prater), father Steve Alhadeff (Kathie), sister Naomi Alhadeff (Ryan), brother Noah Alhadeff (BatEl), sister Marlene (Jamie) Green, sister Lisa Jacobson, many nieces and nephews, cousins and hundreds of friends. A native of Atlanta, Heather received her undergraduate degree from Georgia State and master’s degree from Georgia Tech. At MARTA, she served as the Assistant General Manager of Planning for four years. She was an accomplished transportation planner and recognized expert in land use planning, transportation engineering, and urban design. She had deep public sector experience, including past roles as the City of Atlanta’s Director of Transportation Planning, Central Atlanta Progress’ Director of Transportation Management, Senior Planner at the Atlanta Regional Commission, and the Federal Highway Administration. She directed the creation and adoption of the Connect Atlanta Plan, Downtown Parking Plan, and has worked on the Atlanta StreetCar, Regional On-Board Transit Survey, Columbus Public Involvement Plan, Multimodal Passenger Terminal, Express Bus Routing, and Soccer in the Streets. She was the recipient of numerous awards including the PEDS Golden Shoe Award, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Best Planning Initiative of the Year (2008), Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 under 40 (2007), AIA Atlanta- Kwanza Hall Honor Award (2018), and was a founding member of the Atlanta United Soccer. Heather had a congenial smile, a passionate spirit for her family, Atlanta, and soccer. She was loved by all who knew her.  Graveside services will be held 2:30 pm, Tuesday, May 31 at Greenwood Cemetery with Rabbi Josh Hearshen officiating.  In lieu of flowers, a GoFundMe site is being set up to purchase a bench in Heather’s memory on the Atlanta Beltline.  Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999


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  • Jan Lewin

    So sorry to hear of Heather's passing. My condolences to the family.

  • Danielle & Steven Epstein

    We are so saddened by the news of Heather’s passing. We very much enjoyed getting to know her when we lived in Atlanta. She was a wonderful part of the Alhadeff family who all welcomed us with open arms. We will never forget that kindness. Heather kept in touch after we moved back to Baltimore and even helped her grandmother, our beloved Aunt Ruthie, visit us in Baltimore. That was so special. Our thoughts are with all of Heather’s family during this tough time. Sending love…

  • Wendy Toran Pearlman

    Steve and Kathie, I am so sorry to hear about your daughter Heather. It sounds like she was a very special person. May your memories comfort you during this difficult time.

  • Olen Daelhousen

    To the Alhadeff family, my deepest condolences for your loss. I first met Heather at the start of my career in Atlanta and worked with and learned from her on projects at the City of Atlanta and MARTA. Her passion for transit and making Atlanta a better place really shined through. We shared a neighborhood for several years and it was truly a joy to run into her at the Elliott Street pub and catch up. She was an inspiration and will be missed.

  • Penny Bregman Eisenstein

    Stevie and Kathie, I am so sorry for your loss. Heather was an incredible student, athlete, and compassionate individual. She was an inspiration to all.

  • Robin and Steve Bennett

    Heather clearly touched and accomplished so much in her way too short of a life . What a fighter, too. We hope time, memories, and all these words, will help with healing. Much love sent to Kathie and Stevie, and all. Robin and Steve Bennett

  • Kim Koch

    The first time I met Heather she joined the soccer team "Spirit." We were an open division team of soccer playing women. We also played coed together. She played ball with my sister, brother and I over the years. Heather brought so much to the team. She was a solid stopper with a great strength in working the back and midfield. In all of us working together, she had no worries in playing the ball forward to score as well. I saw the moment I met her how beautiful, strong, talented, smart, driven of soul that was before us all. She was in school at that time and you could clearly see through her studies, work, words and actions that she was already a positive change in this world. True to herself, she chose to play intown to lessen the commutes to play soccer. Her Dad was always a blessing to see at games. I was fortunate to reconnect with her in Castleberry. The community made of people that were the real heart and brains of Atlanta. Heather shining through so brightly, living her dreams and instilling positive changes that she believed in with her full self. The biggest compliment for my family ever came from her, "Salt of the Earth." Dear friend, You are Salt of the Earth. You are so loved. You were one of the best souls Atlanta and the whole world saw pass like a shooting star, leaving love, strength and progress as an imprint in all of us. You are so missed. You are so loved. The heavens are brighter. I love you always and forever. We may come this way but once, but your energy and blessings brighten the heavenly path. My prayers are with all of your family.

  • Phil and Paula Rosenbaum

    I remember first meeting Heather when Steve and Jean first brought her to the Synagogue. She was off the charts as far as her excitement and genuine enthusiasm. Even though I have not seem Heather for many years, it sounds like she embraced that emthusiam and passion in everything she did in life.Sending our heartfelt condolences to the whole family, siblings ,aunts, parents and friends. With thoughts, prayers and love.

  • Sheila Parrott

    I am sorry for your loss. Heather was like a daughter to me. She started at the COA working with our office & started the Slow Down Atlanta project. Great memories of her. You all should be so proud of a remarkable young lady.

  • Shelley Lamar

    To Heather's entire family - Heather was a kind, generous, and smart woman. She was passionate about city/community planning and the role that transportation plays in making a better community. May you find some comfort in knowing that she was simply AWESOME at everything! My heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and co-workers.

  • Gena Major

    One day driving into work I noticed in the distance a very sharp dressed lady waiting for the MARTA bus. I thought to myself "Here's someone demonstrating that transit is for everyone! You can be polished in a suit blazer and skirt and still ride the bus to your destination. Go Girl!" As I get closer to the woman I begin to think she looks familiar and as I drive by I confirm to myself... THAT'S HEATHER! Represent Heather! I slow down a bit to see if I can turn around and offer her a ride. And as soon as I think that... I instantly know that Heather Alhadeff is being intentional about riding the bus. That memory for me epitomized how passionate Heather was and how she walked the talk! I then got to hang out with Heather and her husband at a non work social event and saw how intentionally balanced she also was at enjoying life outside of work! Heather left a big footprint during her short time here on earth and I'm grateful our paths crossed. Heather you've earned your wings... Go Girl!

  • Mary Margaret Jackson

    My sincere condolences for the family. I went to Georgia Tech with Heather and stayed in touch sporadically until I left Atlanta in 2015. I am so sad to learn about this news. Heather was such a joy to be around. She was so smart, beautiful, and full of life. I feel lucky to have known her.

  • Corinne Capiluto

    Kathie and Stevie, Please know I am sending love and prayers to all of you who loved Heather. Although I didn't know her, it sounds like she was a wonderful, caring person who made such an impact on others.

  • Jim and Karen Stutzman

    We have heard so many wonderful things about Heather through the years from Naomi. We only met her once but know the loss is without words. Condolences to all of Heathers family and friends.

  • Adelle Perez

    Wish you all comfort during this time. Heather will truly be missed.

  • Gregory Holder

    Heather was a true trooper during the time I've known her. Always looking for way to advance the development of Atlanta throughout her career working with the City of Atlanta, to Central Atlanta AGM with MARTA. She was a great workmate and friend, and will truly be missed.

  • Katie Carroll

    Heather was my sister. Though I didn't get the privilege of growing up with her, she and I were more alike than the sister I did grow up with. She understood and accepted me immediately and no matter how much time passed between conversations or visits, she was always caring and insightful. I was very proud of her, how brilliant and accomplished and beautiful she was. I feel so bereft and absolutely heartbroken. I didn't know she was sick. I feel like a terrible excuse for a sister that I wasn't in better contact with her recently. Heather, I hope you can forgive me and know how much I truly did love you.

  • Audra Brown Ward

    My sincerest condolences to the Alhadeff family, especially Naomi and Noah, my former students. May your memories bring you comfort today and in the years to come.

  • Samara Minkin

    Heather was such a light and such a presence. She embodied strength and generosity and intellect and beauty, and she taught all of us so much about how to live. May her memory be a blessing.

  • Sherry Okun-Rudnak

    I spoke with Heather a few times over the past couple of years. Our paths crossed both personally and professionally. She was a force for good. My condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues. May her memory be for a blessing.

  • Irvin Alhadeff

    As we head off to the funeral, I have spent these last few days reflecting on my incredible Niece, who left is so early at 48. She was an amazing woman. Independent, articulate, bright, athletic, and a true leader and environmentalist ahead of her times. Heather combined all of those attributes with genuine kindness and a deep sense of love and caring for others. I respected her so deeply. We are in tears….

  • Colby Lancelin

    My condolences to the entire family. Heather was a good friend and colleague. She will be sorely missed. My sincerest thoughts and prayer for comfort and peace.

  • Erik Leach

    I had only know Heather for a few short years here at MARTA when she joined as AGM of Planning. Even though I was in a different group, we interacted many times as my group constructed what her group planned. She was an incredible person with an immense drive to do it right every time. I appreciated it as I am an engineer and have that in me as well. She was also compassionate as she had watched one of my staff get verbally beat up and jumped to his rescue. We were lucky enough to have some time with Heather before her transplant surgery. A group of us went to her house to have a party with her as she had been isolated before the surgery. It was great to see the personal side of Heather at that party. We all laughed and talked about life and stayed away from work. She will be greatly missed by her family and her work family. I will pray for her to have a safe travel and for her family.

  • Rachel Selber Kropp

    Heather was a sweet friend that I got to know in BBYO years ago. Although we lost touch, I always looked forward to seeing her at the keilah from time to time. She was a sweet, kind, funny and smart person. I am so sorry for your loss. May her memory be a blessing.

  • Marcie and Barry

    Jean, Steve, Naomi and Noah, I am so very sorry for your loss. May Heather’s memory always be for a blessing.

  • Manjeet Ranu

    Heather was an invaluable member of our executive team at MARTA. She embraced the change and energy about our program. And was a really cool human. You are missed but we will carry forward your good work at MARTA.

  • Cathy & Rick Swerdlin

    Dear Alhadeff Family, Rick and I send our sincere condolences to you all. may your memories of your daughter be for a blessing.

  • Julia & Terry Bernath

    Our hearts are with you and we wish we could be there to wrap you in our arms. So sorry to hear of Heather’s passing. She left a legacy in the amazing impact she had in her short life. May her memory be for a blessing.

  • Harold Rosenbaum

    Jean, Steve, Miguel and Aquiles and family; I am so sorry for your loss. May her memory be a blessing to you.

  • Bruce Stiftel

    My heartfelt prayers that the family will be consoled. Heather was an inspiring leader in Atlanta's transportation planning who touched so very many in our profession and whose work can be felt across the region.

  • Janet and Jonathan Brooks

    We are so truly sorry for your loss Steve and Kathy. May her Memory be for a Blessing. Love, Janet and Jon

  • Peter Bruno

    I admired Heather so much for her unyielding compassion for those in society who needed a hand up. She would fight to preserve equal access for all at the mere mention of cutting service. I pray Heather's voice will continue through those who admired her most.

  • Andrea Bader and Les Capouya

    Our deepest condolences for your loss. May her memory be a blessing.

  • Judy Kuniansky

    Jean and Efrom, This is such sudden and heartbreaking news. My condolences to you and your family. I’m sorry for your loss. Sending love and hugs. You are in my thoughts. Wishing you comfort from the love of friends and family.

  • Morris L Maslia

    Stevie and Kathie: My deepest and sincerest condolences. My words are so inadequate to express what an emotional toll for you it is on the passing of Heather. She will continue to be a blessing to all know her.

  • Ashley and Peter Lewman

    Dearest Kathie and Stevie, we are heartbroken by the news of Heather's passing. Your family radiates a love pure and potent; Heather's legacy will shine brilliantly through the love your family gives so generously. Our deepest sympathies. xo Ashely and Peter

  • William and Lynn Light

    We all lost a beautiful, strong, and wonderful young Lady, way too soon. We will always be here for you Stevie and Kathie and promise to keep Heathers beautiful memory alive for ever..???

  • Sylvia Friedman

    Dear Steve and Kathie, I am so very sorry for the loss of your daughter! Thinking about you with love and deepest sympathy.

  • Janet L Sugarman

    Stevie and Kathie, I'm devastated reading of the death of your incredible daughter. I really don't know what to say except to tell you how much Jerry and i love you and care about you.

  • Jeff and Edith Clark

    We are so very sorry for your loss.

  • Dan Rimland

    I didn’t see Heather very often after elementary school, but I have such warm memories of her. Seeing her Facebook posts often brought a smile to my face. She was an amazing person with an infectious energy. I am so sorry for your family’s loss. Please know that she impacted many, many people.

  • jack and stella deleon

    we are so so sorry to hear about Heather. stella and jack deleon

  • Susan and Ronnie

    Stevie, Kathie and family Just got the news about your dear Heather We are so sorry for your loss Our hearts are always with y’all

  • Diane Benatar

    I am so sorry for the whole family’s loss. I’m thinking about you all.

  • Rebecca (Sharon) Frank

    So sad to hear- flooded with memories of our time in elementary and high school- Heather was an amazing force of life. Her laugh was infectious. Love to her family and friends- may her memory be a blessing to all.

  • Beth Wender Braun

    Dear Stevie, Kathi and family, So sorry for your loss. May your memories of Heather keep Her alive in your hearts forever. Love, Beth and Jeff

  • Natasha and Avi Dabush

    Jean, I am so sorry for your loss. you, Efrom, and the rest of the family are in my thoughts. may her memory only be a blessing.

  • Lisa Zier

    Jean and Efrom - thinking of you and your family during this very difficult time. Love you, Lisa

  • Cari Goldberg Newman

    Heather and I shared many happy hours together from 5th grade through high school. She had an amazing sense of humor and in infectious laugh. The world is less bright without her in it. May her memory be a blessing to her husband, child, parents, siblings, relatives and friend.

  • Joyce Alhadeff

    I am so sorry about Heather. She was a beautiful person and a great inspiration to me and many others. I know you are hurting and I'm sorry for you too. I'll see you at the funeral and other places. Love, Joyce A.

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