Deceased Information


    Theodore Frankel

    Tudros ben Yoseph v Rivka

  • AGE



    Sunday, February 19, 2023 (Before Sunset)


    Tuesday, February 21, 2023


    11:00 AM




    Meeting ID: 816 8417 0803

    Passcode: 444913


    Greenwood Cemetery


    Shiva will be observed Tuesday February 21 and Wednesday February 22 at 7:00PM at the home of Craig and Jana Frankel.

    1736 Homestead Avenue Atlanta, GA 30306



    July 24, 1931 – February 19, 2023 (91 years old)
    Ted Frankel passed away on February 19, 2023 in his usual low-key style. He was gracious and charming until the very end. 
    Ted was an adoring (and obedient) husband and a loving brother, father and grandfather who attended every school function and music, theatre, and sports event of his children and grandchildren. 
    If Ted were here today, he would ask whether you wanted to go bowling – which he never actually did. He would tell you that the answer to most questions was “15.” And, he would ask whether you had heard one of his special stories. Of course, after you responded that indeed you had – many times – he would proceed to tell you again, almost verbatim, timed beautifully, and with no embellishment. 
    Ted was born on July 24, 1931. He was second-generation Atlantan, and like his father and two of his children, and like many Jewish children of his era, he came into this world at Georgia Baptist Hospital. Ted attended Boys High and Hoke Smith High in Atlanta where, according to the newspaper of which he was editor, he was the “local Casanova, Einstein, and Bob Hope all rolled into one.” 
    Ted attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he remained an avid Carolina Tarheel basketball fan until the very end. (Go to hell Dook!). He was a member of ZBT fraternity, where he met many of his life-long friends. Just a few weeks after graduation, Ted married his high school sweetheart, Sidelle. From that day until Sidelle left us way too soon, they were never apart. 
    Ted attended Emory Law School, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Public Policy. One of Ted’s fondest memories was competing in the National Moot Court Competition in New York in 1954. 
    After law school, Ted served in the J.A.G. Corps at the Air Force base in Moses Lake, Washington. He and Sidelle returned to Atlanta in 1958, and Ted began his legal career. Ted was a self-described silver-tongued devil, and he loved being a lawyer. He practiced law until he was 88. For most of his career, he represented the Georgia Association of Educators and its many teachers. One of his proudest victories was a case in which he forced the Atlanta Public Schools to honor its commitment to provide life insurance to all of its retirees. 
    Ted was a natural leader who always remained calm and used his humor and grace to build consensus. He served on too many boards to name. But here are some of the highlights. Ted was the president of the neighorhood associations in which he lived. He was proud of being the driving force in stopping the highway through Morningside that was contemplated while Jimmy Carter was governor. Ted served as President of the Young Lawyers Division of the Georgia Bar, where he helped lead the integration of the Georgia Bar. Ted and Sidelle were founding member of Temple Sinai in Atlanta, and Ted proudly served as its president during its transition to Rabbi Phil Kranz after the untimely death of its founding rabbi, Richard Lehrman. (Sidelle was the secretary for both rabbis). Ted loved politics, and he was an active and lifelong yellow-dog democrat. He was the longest serving member of the Executive Committee of the Georgia Democratic Party. And, according to Ted, he voted in every election since his first presidential election in 1952. (Yes, he voted for Adlai Stevenson, twice). 
    Ted was predeceased by his beautiful and steadfast best friend, Sidelle, for whom he lovingly cared during her many years struggling with cancer. He also was predeceased by his son, Kenneth, and his beloved sister, Marcia. 
    Ted is survived by his daughter Jodie Leopold and her son Ryan; and his son and daughter-in-law Craig Frankel and Jana Eplan and their children Gil (Melanie), Tamir, and Tali. 
    Ted’s humor and grace will be missed but remembered forever.  His family will be forever grateful to Chantelle, Peggy, and their wonderful team of caregivers who lovingly made Ted’s final days peaceful and comfortable. 
    A graveside service will be held at 11:00 on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at Greenwood Cemetery, 1173 Cascade Avenue, S.W., Atlanta, Georgia, Rabbi Brad Levenberg officiating.  If you wish to honor Ted’s memory, please make a donation to Temple Sinai ( or a charity of your choice.  Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999

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  • Adele Caplan Wineburgh

    Loving, beautiful memories of our neighbors Homestead Avenue … Wildwood Road. Oh my, So long ago. The Frankel’s were all special. My heart is saddened with the passing of “Mr Frankel.” May his name be for a blessing. My thoughts are with you at this time.. Love to all. The Caplan Family

  • Lori Shapiro

    Craig, Jana and Family. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I know he was a very special person. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Lori and Cary

  • Janine Balshan

    Jodie, Craig , Jana and family So sorry to hear of your father’s passing - May his memory always bring a smile Thinking of you

  • Jackie Metzel

    Dear Jodie, Craig, Jana, and family, My condolences to you on the loss of your terrific Dad, Ted. I fondly remember his keen sense of humor. I know that he will be deeply missed. My love to you all.

  • Howard Fagin

    Jodie, Craig, Jana and grandkids Ted was a treasure and a valued friend. I enjoyed and will miss hearing his stories. He was so helpful to the growth and strength of Temple Sinai. Unforgettable. He will be missed by so many.

  • Meta Miller

    I was married to Paul Miller who passed away in October. Paul spoke highly of Ted and when the old SOZ youth group guys retired, they would meet and have lunch monthly. Ted would arrange it. My condolences

  • Tracy Masington & Adam Bendell

    Here with love and condolences.

  • Ann and Irv Schoenberg

    Dear Jodie, Craig, Jana and grandkids, Irv and I were so lucky to be part of your parents' lives. We shared so many wonderful, (and sometimes kinda crazy times), years of New Year eves, a weekend in the mountains, jokes and stories that can't be repeated here, and a world of love and fine conversation. We've been missing your mom for far too long and now your dad. You all were so fortunate to have had them both to nourish your lives. Cherish the memories....we will. Lovingly, Ann and Irv

  • Jonathan C Ginsberg

    Craig, my condolences on the passing of your father. It is clear that "the apple doesn't fall from the tree" and I know that your memories of time spent with your dad will make you smile.

  • Beth and Edward Sugarman

    Dear Jana and Craig, What a terrific guy your dad was. He knew what was important and pursued justice. Edward always loved talking about the Tar Heels with Ted. Bet he was fed up with them this season. Please know we r thinking of u all. Unfortunately we r out of town and will miss being at the funeral and shiva. Please know our thoughts r with u. Sending love, Beth and Edward

  • Kyle Smith

    Worked with Ted during my GAE employment. Always good to go to school board hearings with him. Lots of learning and many laughs. With fond memories, Kyle

  • Harriet and Bob Berlin

    Our most heartfelt condolences to Craig, Jodie and family.

  • Nancy Berlin

    Dear Jodie, Craig, Jana & family, I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. He had a smile on his face whenever I saw him. He's with your mom now, smiling down on you all. Sending love your way. May his memory be a blessing. xo

  • Jean / Jerry Coopet

    Ted and Sidelle suggested that Jerry and I have a blind date. That date has lasted 65 years. They were fun loving friends that brought us joy. Sidelle attended college in NC for 1 year - we connected! They were alway a special to us.

  • Toni Troop

    Thank you for sharing so much about Ted, I knew him from a distance for almost 60 years. While I didn’t know the specifics of his career, there was no mistaking his commitment to the world around him, his family, and his wife. His legacy lives on his children and grandchildren. Sending all of you much love.

  • Marcus Helman and Karen Smith

    Dear Craig and Jana, we are so sorry for your loss. How fortunate you were to have had your father in your life for so long. Reading that lovely, moving and funny obituary, I can hear your voice in my head. It is clear that many of your father’s qualities live on in you. May his memory be for a blessing. All our love, Marcus and Karen

  • Lew and Phyllis Kravitz

    To Craig, Jana, Jodie, and all the family, we send our heartfelt condolences.

  • Lillie Janko

    Dear Jodie, Craig, Jana and family, I am so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. I always enjoyed watching Sidelle and Ted’s devotion to each other. May their memories be for a blessing.

  • Terry Phillips

    I never met Theodore, but heard many wonderful stories about him from Barry Lev. May his memory be for a blessing ... sending much love and light and peace for healing, to you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Christine Tibbetts

    I met Ted in 1972 when I joined the communications staff of the Georgia Association of Educators. New to Georgia and to education advocacy, I learned a great deal paying attention to his work. I clearly recall the field staff, later rebranded UniServ, relying on Ted in their pursuit of Justice for teachers. Reading his obit fills me with memories and admiration.

  • Lynn B Friedman

    Dear Jana, A sad loss for you and your family. May your memories bring consolation to all of your family. What a lucky woman you are - you came from a family of larger than life parents, your wonderful warm and loving mother and your father with his contributions to Atlanta. Then you married into a family headed by a devoted, loving couple - also legendary. Your life has been been witness to so much of Atlanta's history. With affection, Lynn

  • Libby Gozansky

    I met Ted in 1971, when I was editor of GAE's newspaper, the Update. We had many friendly arguments about the extent to which I could claim in a story that Ted had scored a huge legal victory on behalf of teachers for what he would say was just a procedural win. I realized what he meant after I went to law school. He always made his point with a smile and a sense of humor, so you didn't realize he was destroying your argument as he talked. What a gift he was to teachers, the legal profession, and all of us lucky enough to know him as a colleague and friend.

  • Kay Pippin

    As a GAE staff member, I was honored to be present when Ted represented several teachers before local boards of education in Georgia. He had an impeccable knowledge of education and public employment/labor laws and policies blended with a genuine appreciation of public school employees. The combination made him a hero in the hearts of hundreds of Georgia educators. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Barbara Levitas

    So very sorry to learn the sad news. Ted was kind, even as a boy, and a respected man. My sympathy for all of his family. Babs

  • Rebecca Mick

    Like so many lawyers who had the honor of working with Ted, I know he leaves a great void. He was one of the most compassionate and kind people I have ever met. Of course, he was a great lawyer as well and (very kindly) handed my ass to me in court on more than one occasion. May his loving memory be a comfort to you.

  • Barbara Scheer-Eason

    Craig and family, so sorry for your loss. May his memory be for a blessing.

  • Burton Handmacher

    Ted and I became best friends during our teen-age years on the Southside. For years I would walk from my house to his parents clothing store on Friday night to meet Ted and then go to Shorty's restaurant to meet Harold Werner for dinner and then go to the wrestling matches at the City Auditorium. After which we all walked back home. Ted and Sidelle were wonderful friends. In our later years I would see Ted at the AJCC where we both worked out. I am sorry I did not know Ted's family but I send my sincere condolences to you all.

  • Chantelle Johnson

    I unluckily did not meet Ted Frankel until last year, but during the last few months enjoyed many laughs and talks with him about his family and earlier life. It was such an honor for me. Jodie and Craig, I am sending out the biggest hugs and love to you and family.

  • linda harris

    May the fond memories of your time with Sidelle, your children and grandchildren follow you and sustain your loved ones.....

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