Deceased Information


    Phyllis Podber

    Tziporah bas Alter Reuven v'Pesa

  • AGE



    Thursday, December 29, 2022 (After Sunset)


    Sunday, January 01, 2023


    10:00 AM




    Sun. Mon. Tues., Weds, & Thurs at

    6:00pm-8:30pm at

    Arnold's house

    with shiva service at 7:00PM

    7830 Landowne Dr,

    Atlanta, GA 30350

    To access shiva via Zoom click HERE.



    Phyllis Sonshein Podber, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2022 at the age of 94. Born in Seidlice, Poland on August 22, 1928, Phyllis and her mother, father, and brother were captured by the Russians during World War II and taken to a workcamp in Siberia. After losing her father Alter Reuven, she survived the Holocaust with her mother and brother and arrived at a Displaced Persons Camp in Ulm, Germany where she met and married the love of her life, Abe Podber. Thanks to the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, they received a sponsorship to immigrate to the United States – the golden ticket to the American Dream. They moved to Atlanta in 1949 to start a family and build a new life. Phyllis is predeceased by her loving husband of 62 years, her mother, Pesa Garber and brother Irving Sonshein. She is survived by her three sons Arnold (Barbara), Morris (Ann), and Jacob; grandchildren Alissa Aronoff (Josh), Adam Podber, Rachel Kennison (Alex), Wendy Podber; sister-in-law, Margie Sonshein; and many loving nieces and nephews. Her greatest pleasures were spending time with her grandchildren, cooking traditional Jewish meals, socializing at her synagogue, and walking for exercise with her husband Abe and friends at the mall. Phyllis’ family is forever indebted to her incredible caregivers Louise Easley, Ashley Hutchinson, Laryssa Kostyrna, and Glady Nealous for their support, devotion and companionship that enhanced her life. Funeral services will be held at Arlington Cemetery, Sunday, January 1, 2023, 10:00AM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Phyllis’ memory to Congregation Shearith Israel, The Breman Holocaust Museum , Holocaust Museum LA, or Weinstein Hospice. 

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  • Julian sloman

    I have fond memories of “Faigaleh” as we knew her and “Avramel” close friends of my parents from my early childhood and onward, she is almost the last of the “group”. We miss them all

  • Gail & Lyons Heyman

    Your mom (and my grandmother) were from Poland and their lives had great impact on our families. Sorry for you loss, and know that we keep you in our heart and prayers during this time of mourning.

  • Jack Arogeti

    Mo, Jacob, Arnold and families I'm so sorry to hear of your dear Mom's passing. What an amazing life story. The longer we have people in our lives the tougher it is to to go on without them - and yet vice versa. All we can do is keep them in our hearts throughout our own lives and keep their memories alive in us and in our families. I'm truly sad for your deep loss and at her passing. I'm sure her love for and pride of each of you and your families was abundant far far beyond words.

  • Alyson Cristal Pollack

    Soooo sorry for your loss. What a great lady she was. When I was a little girl, I would knock on her door and I would help her bake on her kitchen. We were neighbors on Lenox circle. I’m so sorry to hear this new.

  • Rosie Meyers

    MY dear friends, How sad to hear that our Dear” FEIGALA”as my mother called her. I’m sure I’m not spelling it correctly, but I heard that name probably everyday, as mama and Phyliss spoke everyday. She was Family to us, as you all were. As my sister said, always baking and bringing us Holiday goodies. She was a strong, brave woman. I miss hearing the girls talking and. Laughing…. Complaining too ??. I send you all my love and blessings. Love to you all, Rosie Dziewinski Meyers

  • David and Esther Gordon

    Dear Arnold, Morris , Jacob and families, Hearing about the departure of your mom from this life to join all your dear ones in a better world was very sad, but she was blessed with all of you and is now relieved of her suffering. Your mother was a friend, a mother, a worker, a wife, a soldier of life, always keeping in mind the nobility of her soul. Her intense gaze and smile will never be forgotten.She deserves to be remembered exactly like that. May your mother rest in peace, and may she always guide your way in life. Losing a parent is never easy, may you find comfort in the lovely memories you have shared with your mom.

  • Susan And Fred Feinberg

    We will always remember Phyllis when we use to see her at Aunt Stella Feinberg's house. She was always so jovial and happy and interested in our lives at the moment; she was a pleasure to be with.

  • Janet Boris

    The Podber-Boris Family by choice. How lucky we had true yiddisha mamas.

  • Susan (Susie) Dziewinski Kolotilin

    To each and every Podber family member, I send my condolences. Phyllis was a dear friend to my mother, Maria, as well as to all of us! I’ll never forget her mandel bread (even though she would never share her recipe). Love

  • Karen Segal

    Dear Podber family, I am so, so sorry for your loss. The stories about Phyllis, what an extraordinary women- wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, and friend. My sincere condolences to you all, may her memory be a blessing. Love, Karen

  • Sandy and Dave Abrams

    Sending our heartfelt condolences to your family . Phyllis was such a lovely lady . May her memory forever be a blessing .

  • Jeannette Zukor

    Dear Podber family: So sorry for your loss. Phyllis and Abe were wonderful friends and neighbors to my parents, Rubin and Sara Pichulik. Phyllis, Sara and other friends would have lunch together most Saturdays after they had their hair done. May her wonderful memories be for a blessing.

  • Susan Lips

    I am so sorry to hear about Phyllis. She was a beautiful lady and leaves behind a loving family. I have so many fond memories of her and Abe from all the years at Shearith Israel.May her memory be a blessing!

  • Shirley Rich

    Dea family I am so sorry for your loss. What a sweet lady. I always love to see her and talk with her and Yiddish. What a loss to you and the community know she was loved.

  • David Rechtman

    I will always remember the loving kindness of Phyliss Podber. I had just moved to Atlanta in 1963, & the Podber family were my first friends in a new town. Next thing I know, Mrs. Podber is driving her boys & me to Lake Spivey to enjoy a warm Georgia day! The Podbers have lost a matriarch, & the world misses another Holocaust survivor.

  • Steve Gilmer

    Podber family, sorry for your loss,many memories of our Lenox circle and Lenox road neighborhood, not to forget Mason Avenue

  • Dr.Salvatore L.Franco

    My heartfelt sympathy extends to each and all of Mrs.Phyllis Podber’s children and grandchildren . Her lively smile will never be forgotten as it was one of the first genuine and kind ones I encountered upon my arrival in Atlanta from Europe . May HaShem welcome Her Soul in GanEden after having lived a rich, intertwined life of extraordinary experiences and May He give Strength and Courage to her surviving family members at this difficult time . Amen .

  • Marcie and Barry Koffler

    Podber Families, I am so very sorry for your loss. No matter what the age, we lost mom a few months ago. I connected with your parents back in the early 80’s and it was always a pleasure when seeing them. Even tho it was, at my expense, joking about me not knowing Yiddish, but a bissle. May Phyllis’s memory always be for a blessing.

  • Hymie & Denise Luboff

    Jake, Arnold and Morris, so deeply saddened by the loss of your mother; she and your late father were wonderful examples of menschen and the Yiddishkeit which keeps us bound together no matter where we are on earth. We remember with much gratitude their hospitality, embrace and concern shown to us when we were in Atlanta and the warmth and comfort they so readily gave us. Memories of good times we and our extended families shared with your parents in Johannesburg and Atlanta come flooding back now, happily recalled and never forgotten. We extend our heartfelt condolences to you and your families and wish you strength and fortitude in this very dark time; we will always remember your mom with warmth, love and affection. Hymie and Denise, Marc, Jonathan, David and Clara, Sienna and Lia Luboff. Sydney, Australia.

  • Louise Easley

    To the family you have my deepest sympathy. I will truly miss Phyllis. She may be gone, but she will never be forgotten. She has a place in my heart wishing you peace and comfort and lots of love at this time of sorrow. Sincerely, Louise Easley.

  • Betsy G Cenker

    Arnold and Morris my condolences on the loss of your mother. Thoughts and prayers are coming your way. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

  • Richard & Barbara Planer

    Dear Morris and family, our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dear Mother. You are in our thoughts, Barbara & Dick Planer

  • Barry Zipperman

    I will never forget knocking on Phyllis's door one Halloween when my car broke down, her inviting me in, feeding me, laughing. She was an indomitable spirit. She loved life. She will be missed.

  • Dina and Glenn Youngwirth

    Phyllis and my Mom (Grace Youngwirth) were dinner companions at Huntcliff. I enjoyed the many times we had dinner together when visiting and the kind words of Morris and Arnold had for my folks. May her memory be a blessing.

  • Stanley and Judy Stein

    We are thinking of all the Podbers at this sad time. I remember spending time at your house and your Mom being so gracious! May she continue to live in your hearts. Judy and Stanley

  • Susan May

    We’re so sorry to hear about your Mother. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.. Love, Susan and Fred May

  • Mark & Chris Rivkin

    It's a sad day for all of us to lose someone who is a true heroine. Please know your old friends are thinking of you and your family during this very difficult time. May her memory be a blessing.

  • Ann Willen

    Mo... I'm sorry for the loss of your Mother. Thinking of you!

  • David Cohen

    Sorry for the loss of your mother. May her memory be for a blesssing!

  • Steven and Judy Funk

    Friendship with Morris and Arnold starting 60 years ago had many, many positive attributes but nothing was as heartfelt to me as being one of Phylis’s special boys - her Stevila. As time past, she took Judy into her heart too. Morris, Arnold, Jacob and the entire family, We will miss her smile, her beautiful eyes and her immense heart and Judy and I will sincerely feel memories of Phyllis are a blessing that we cherish.

  • Phyllis Fraley

    I am saddened on the passing of your dear mother. Condolences to the Podber family.

  • Marty Oxman, Charlotte,NC

    My condolences.

  • Helen Lefkoff

    Our love is with you during this sad time. You were such devoted children and you were a blessing to your sweet Mother. Love to all. Helen and Robert

  • Marcia s Baumrind

    Your mom was a sweet lady. Always a pleasure to see. Deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to you all. Marcia and Emil

  • Mark Kaplan

    So sorry to hear about your Mom. Sending y'all love & peace.

  • Cecile Waronker

    please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of Phyllis. Phyllis was such a lovely lady. She was beautiful on the inside as well as the outside

  • Cathy & Rick Swerdlin

    Rick and I send our sincere condolences to your family. May your mom's memory be a blessing.

  • Alex Bromberg

    My sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Phyliss.Let her memory be a blessing. May she rest in peace.

  • Baruch Stiftel

    Arnie, Morris, Jacob and family: Sincere condolences on the passing of your dear, sweet mother, a"h. Her fortitude in the face of crisis is an inspiration to us all. I hope your many memories and each other's love comfort you.

  • Fay L Salby

    She was a wonderful friend and mother to her children. My mothers friend, Bella Salby. My condolences to all of her family. Fay “Leah” Salby

  • Karen and Andy Edlin

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Phyllis. We are sending much love and hugs during this most difficult time. May the wonderful memories be in your hearts forever.

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