Deceased Information


    Kalman Held

    Kalman ben Gustov v' Elianora

  • AGE



    Thursday, September 01, 2022 (Before Sunset)


    Friday, September 02, 2022


    11:00 AM




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    Kalman Held, 86, of Atlanta, Georgia, died on September 1, 2022 after a years-long battle with cancer. Kal was born on September 23, 1935 in Czernovitz, Romania, in the Bukovina province, to Eleonora Eckstein and Gustav Held. He was six years old when his father was taken away by the Russians in 1941 (at the outset of World War II). The family’s home, lifestyle, and liberties were taken next, with the German occupation of Romania. Kal had a deep and unwavering love of Israel, borne of the safety its very harbors provided him after he and his mother landed on its shores in 1944. His connection to the land, and his Judaism, would never falter. Perhaps the only thing he treasured more was his family, especially his wife Lois (Neiman), whom he met in 1961 thanks to a crafty setup by Eleonora. He was determined to celebrate the pair’s 60th anniversary this past July 8th, which the couple did quietly, as was their way. While Kal travelled extensively throughout his career in the hotel/hospitality industry, he and Lois settled in Atlanta in 1970. They grew deep roots and have been members of the Beth Jacob community for 52 years. He worked hard to ensure that each of his three children received a Jewish education. Kal was a proud and modest man with a strong work ethic. He worked until he was 83 years old. He devoured books on history, he studied Torah multiple times a week for many years, up until weeks before his death. He had a rare sense of honesty and integrity. He adored his wife and cherished each and every member of his family. Survivors include wife Lois, and their three children, Gary (Jeanne McKinney), Deborah, and David (Beth Stadtmauer); and four grandchildren, Beck Maslia, and Eliezer, Yaakov, and Shira Held. Kal was a beloved brother to Dany and Naava Ben-David, Ariella and Tony Williams, and to the late Alan and Sandy Ben-David (of blessed memory). He was a truly beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews, and a friend to all who’ve known him. Contributions may be made to Eternal Life-Hemshech, the Holocaust survivors’ organization where he was an active member. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.


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  • Ann and Mel Berss

    Lois and Deborah, Harvey joins Mel and me in sending you our condolences to you and your family over your loss of Kal. We wish you comfort in remembering his fine life and your wonderful family celebrations over the years.

  • Diane and David Braun

    Dear Lois We are saddened to hear about Kal. He was a warm and kind and sweet and caring man. We’re sending you our sincere condolences and warmest wishes Love to the family Diane and David

  • George and Marie McKinney

    Our condolences. Our memories of Kal are of a fascinating and gentle person.

  • Karen and Andy Edlin

    Sending our condolences to the entire Held family. Kalman was one of the kindest, most sincere man we had ever known. His warmth and contribution to the Hemshech organization was so appreciated. Sending you all hugs.

  • Hugh Rawn

    I am so sorry to hear of the death of Kal. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Gemma Hannah and Sofia Lang

    Kal work with my father for many years. He was always so kind to all he meet. His wife and him meet both of my daughters after they were born. He became part of our family warm wishes to all on this great loss

  • Pannell Family

    Sending you and your family loving thoughts to comfort during this time

  • Michael Ben-David

    Sending lots of love. I'm very glad I got to speak with Kalmy recently. It's sad to be so far away and see eachother so infrequently.

  • Karen and Glen Gordon

    I am so sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing to you, now and always.

  • Margie Fishman

    I am so sorry for your loss. Kal was a truly exceptional person who will be sorely missed.

  • Lisa Castle

    My sincere condolences to the Held family. My heart is with you.

  • Rona and Barry Seidel

    Our condolences to the entire family. Kal was a sweet, warm gentleman, and it was our honor to know him.

  • Stephanie Tuvlin Lampert

    I have so many fond memories of spending time at the Held household growing up. Mr. Held was such a warm and loving man who always made me feel welcome. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Ilana Danneman

    Sending my love and support to the entire family.

  • Lisa Hagley

    My condolences on your loss. Debbie shared many tales of her father, which I hope she continues to do. May his memory be a blessing to you all

  • Carol Press

    Lois and family. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. May Kal's memory be a blessing.

  • Danielle aWilliams

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Debbie, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Marsha Rosing

    Lois and family please accept my sincere condolences for your recent loss. I always enjoyed being around this kind man.

  • Gail Harris

    Gary, I'm so sorry to learn of your father's passing. May his memory be a blessing. Condolences to you and your family.

  • Sandy Jess

    Lois, I don’t know if you remember me from our days at Dyer Wells and Computations. I saw this notice and wanted to send you my sincere condolences. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • Anita & Max Eidex

    So sorry to hear about Kal. What a kind, sweet man he was. Our sincere condolences to Lois, Gary, Debbie and David and the grandchildren.

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