Deceased Information


    Sylvia Benator

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    Monday, November 28, 2022 (Before Sunset)


    Thursday, December 01, 2022


    2:30 PM




    Topic: Sylvia Benator Funeral Service

    Time: Dec 1, 2022 02:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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    Shiva will be observed Congregation Or VeShalom beginning at 6:30 pm.



    Sylvia Levy Benator, 92, of Atlanta, GA passed away Monday morning, November 28, 2022. She lived her entire life in Atlanta. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.  She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.  Sylvia was the daughter of Bahor David and Emily Bardavid Levy and is a lifetime member of Congregation OrVeShalom.  Sylvia was predeceased by her loving husband of 55 years, Max Benator, her brother, Eli Levy and sister, Sarah Levy.  Survivors include her children, Richard Benator (Linda Prieto), Donald (Cynthia) Benator, and Marie Babb; grandchildren, Max Benator of Los Angeles, CA; Jonathan (Sarah) Benator; Aaron (Sidra) Benator of Greenville, SC; Elliott (Shruti) Benator, Megan Babb (Garrett) Langley and Molly Babb (Parker) Haren. Great-Grandchildren: Zachary Benator, Joshua Benator, Ethan Benator, Luca Benator, Sumner Langley, Maren Langley and Rhodes Haren; Sylvia is also survived by her brother, Victor Levy.  Graveside services will be held 2:30 pm, Wednesday, November 30th at Greenwood Cemetery (1173 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30311) with Rabbi Josh Hearshen officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Congregation Or VeShalom, 1681 N. Druid Hills Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30319.  Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta (770-451-4999)

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  • Lucy Maslia

    Sylvia has always been special to me.She was my matchmaker, On December 25. 1952 she arranged a blind date for her friend, Albert D.Maslia, who asked me out for a very nice dinner and afterwards a movie. We married and had 60 wonderful years of anniversaries. At both our 50th and 60th years of celebration parties. We honored and thanked Sylvia for the beautiful life we had shared together.Sylvia was so proud of her children and family. You each have special memories of her that you cherish and so do I

  • Joyce Alhadeff

    I am so sorry to hear about Slyvia's death. She was a beautiful person. She was very kind to to me always but especially when I first came to OVS.

  • Regine Rosenfelder

    Extending my deepest sympathy to you and your family in this time of sorrow.... May the memories you hold in your heart bring peace and healing to your soul. Sylvia was such a beautiful person......

  • Moe Soriano

    Richard , Donald and Marie. Always enjoyed your mom's warm hello when our paths would cross. So sorry for your loss.

  • Elise and Gary Meyer

    Marie, Donald and Richard, I will always remember your mom with kindness. From my Hebrew and Sunday school days to the many times I saw your mom as an adult, she has always had a smile on her face. May you find comfort knowing she will be reunited with your dad, both living on in your hearts. May she rest in peace.

  • Harriet Roth Moultrie

    I am so sorry to hear of Sylvia's passing. I have always thought of Sylvia as a beautiful woman, both inside and out. I saw her often at the Renaissance on Peachtree where my mother, Julia Roth, also lived. When my mother became ill earlier this year, my husband and I spent hours talking to Sylvia. She was so knowledgeable about the Alhadeffs and the Benators. We learned a lot from her and enjoyed our talks. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time and hope your thoughts will soon be filled with special moments shared with your mother, grandmother, and sister.

  • Larry Benator

    Cousins Richard, Donald, and Marie, please know that Aunt Sylvia will always be remembered as the sweet and kind Aunt she always was. I have fond memories going back to your house on Eppington and beyond. It was nice seeing her a few weeks ago at OVS when we were baking borekas and talking to her. When I introduced her to my wife Jodi, she said to Jodi “ I am your Aunt you know”. We all smiled and said yes, we know. She will be missed.

  • Suzanne and Howard Goldstein

    Dear Richard, Donald and Marie, I was so sad to hear about Aunt Sylvia. There are so many great memories of our family get togethers including our grandparents when we were growing up. Your mom was a very special person, always asking about everyone. She was so proud of the three of you and her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed. Howard and I send our deepest sympathies to your entire family. Love, Suzanne and Howard

  • Leon and Sylvia Capouano

    We were saddened to hear of Sylvia’s passing. Our hearts go out to all of her family. She was a dear friend from years ago when we lived on Pryor Street. She touched my life meaningfully. Leon joins me in sending love and heartfelt sympathy to all her family. Sylvia

  • Diane Benatar

    Sylvia was warm and welcoming to me from the very first time I met her in 1983 until the last time I saw her not too long ago. Morris and I had a special place for Sylvia in our hearts. My sincerest sympathies to all of her family and friends

  • Jack Arogeti

    Dear Richard, Donald and Marie Your dear Mom was as kind and gracious as anyone I have ever met. As I shared with you, Donald, a few weeks ago, she did something especially kind to me back in 2004 that I'll never forget. Each of your dear parents will long be remembered for their good natured humility, warmth and generosity to so many of us. Deepest condolences... along with, believe me, heartfelt thanks for sharing your dear Mom with so many of us.

  • Kathie & Steve Alhadeff

    Dear family Your mom was such a loving, fun person. We remember her with loving thoughts. May her memories be for a blessing and bring smiles to your faces. Sending our love, Kathie & Stevie

  • Ann and Mike Silver

    I am so saddened to hear about Aunt Sylvia. I have so many fond memories of her from my childhood and our many get togethers. She always had a smile on her face, and was always so much fun to be with. As my kids got older, she would always ask about them. She was a kind, generous individual and will be greatly missed. Our love goes out to all of you.

  • Lynn Handmacher Chanin

    Dearest Family…. Sending so much love and peace on the passing of dear sweet, kind, loving Sylvia. Blessings to you all. Xoxoxo Lynn

  • Lori and Kirk Halpern

    My husband, Kirk and I, had the pleasure of meeting Sylvia (and Max) many years ago when we came to see their home that they had listed for sale. We immediately bonded w/the two of them as we talked about Atlanta, the Jewish Community, our families, and the ties we all had here. They were touched when we told them that at that time, our kids had both gone to Camp Marie Benator. We bought their Sandy Springs home and told the two of them that we planned to raise our kids here and could foresee that this would be our forever home. Our children were 3 and 5 years old when we moved here and and while they are now grown and we are empty nesters, we still live here 24 years later. Several years after Max sadly passed away, I ran into Sylvia while she was playing Mahjongg at the JCC & gave her an invitation to come back and visit our house to see how it became such a special HOME to me, my husband, and our kids and how we have had so many beautiful memories here. She loved seeing our family pictures adorning every wall, loved seeing our renovations and loved seeing the pool that she and Max shared so many memories with their kids and grandchildren. We laughed when she saw all the leaves on our deck that had just fallen and commented how Max would want the leaves blown away immediately. During our visit, I was also able to give her the special black telephone that they left with the house and we kept hanging in the basement but knew that from the engraved plate it had tremendous history and special meaning to the Benator family and therefore wanted it to be back w/them. We have hosted many holidays here and our annual Sukkot party that takes place all over the deck, backyard, and pool side has become a tradition for us. Not only did our son learn to swim in our pool and both of our kids had many pool parties here but, during Covid, it was the most magical setting and will forever be special as it is where our daughter and son in law were married. I am so blessed that we get to create memories in their beautiful home just as they did with their special family for the years that they lived here, too. I always felt we shared an unspoken bond because of this. Sylvia and Max were both special people and so loved by all those who knew them. Sending our deepest condolences to the entire Benator family on their tremendous loss. May Sylvia's Beloved memory live on and be a blessing for all those who were blessed to have known her. Lori Halpern

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