Deceased Information


    Birdie Benator

    Tziporah bas Chaim v Rachel

  • AGE



    Saturday, March 25, 2023 (Before Sunset)


    Monday, March 27, 2023


    2:30 PM




    Meeting ID: 895 9565 1714

    Passcode: 171555


    Greenwood Cemetery


    Monday and Tuesday


    • ❖ OVS Dr. Victor Benator memorial fund


    It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Birdie Grace Benator, who left us on March 25, 2023, surrounded by love and family. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she was a pillar of strength and love to all who knew her.

    Birdie’s father, Isaac Benveniste traveled to Atlanta, Georgia from Rhodes in the early 1900’s, one of the many shoemakers and earliest members of OrVeShalom. There he met Birdie’s mother, Rachel Amin who had arrived from Jerusalem.  They created a beautiful home where Birdie was born on December 21, 1925, the first of four daughters.  Their journey took them to Washington D.C. and then across the country to southern California.  In 1947, Josiah Benator, Birdie’s childhood tutor and later sender of love letters during WWII, invited her to the Veteran’s Banquet in Atlanta.  She crossed the country, married her sweetheart and built her home with Josiah Victor Benator.   Over the years, she dedicated her life to her family, raising seven children and becoming the proud grandmother to 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her unwavering love and support for her family were the cornerstones of her life, and her legacy will live on through them. 

    In addition to her commitment to her family, Birdie was deeply involved in her synagogue, where she served as the Sisterhood President and volunteered in the synagogue giftshop. Her commitment to her faith and community was evident in her decades-long participation in Tuesday baking of burekas and other Sephardic sweets and savories, a cherished OrVeShalom tradition that brought her joy and a remarkable community. She was a lifelong mahjong enthusiast, playing with the same group of loving women for decades and passing her passion along to her children and grandchildren, especially her youngest grandson.  She also dedicated herself to volunteer service, receiving the JC Penney Golden Rule Award and was further recognized for her work at her son Isaac’s school, sharing her giant heart with other children with developmental disabilities. 

    Throughout her life, she was a beacon of love, compassion, and guidance for all who were fortunate enough to know her. Anyone who entered her home knew her warmth, her kindness, and her giant heart. The home she created with her beloved husband became a gathering place for her children, friends, and holidays.


    She will be deeply missed by her cherished husband of 75 years, Josiah Victor Benator, her children Rachel Benator and Randy Tillery, Terry and Alan Feldbaum, Isaac Benator, Stella and Jim Port, Debra Benator and Randall Wagner, David and Chris Benator, and Daniel and Naomi Benator, and her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, her three sisters, her eldest son Victor Benator, and her eldest grandchild Richard Tillery, who left us just days before she did.

    As we mourn the loss of Birdie, we celebrate the incredible 97 years of life she led and the countless memories we shared with her. We are forever grateful for the love, wisdom, and strength she imparted to us all. May she rest in peace, surrounded by the love of those who have gone before her, and may her memory be a blessing to all who knew her.

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  • Barry and Shari Alhadeff

    Mr B we are so sorry to hear about the passing of the love of your life. She as you are such wonderful people and it’s an honor to have know you as long as we have. I’m so sorry I have not contacted you in a while please forgive me. May G-d bless you for all the wonderful things you have done for so many. Thank you for all the conversations we had and support you have given me the past several years. Thank you Mr B you’ve helped me more than you will ever know.

  • Anne Willoughby

    Dear Debra, I was greatly saddened when I heard of the death of your Mother. Reading the summary of her life, I was filled with a sense of warmth in learning of the life of such a loving and remarkable woman. May her memory be for a blessing.

  • Barbara Krinsky

    So. sorry to hear of Biridies passing. I remember her and the family as a neighbor on Rocksprings Rd. We both started raising our families at the same time Birdie was a gentle and kind soul who always had a sweet smile. May she rest in peace.

  • Erika Dale Schuster

    Sending comfort to all of the Benators. I’m so sorry to hear of Mrs. B’s passing. So many childhood hours spent in y’all’s basement playing. I remember the summer Mrs B taught me to play mahjong. What a delightful adventure began then. She was also treasured by my late dad. She was the only one my dad knew who would cook beef tongue. Mrs B would send down one of the kids with a foil wrapped package and make his day. Wishing you peace as you mourn and reflect. ??

  • Ed and Kathy Heller

    We are so sorry to hear about Birdie. We are in Alaska and just got the message. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Ed.

  • Jackson Franco Handmacher

    Cousin Birdie was my great grandfather's (Moreno Benveniste's) niece. I was a childhood friend of Birdie's son David. I remember Birdie being nurturing and loving to everyone. My sympathies to Josiah and the family.

  • Michael Gross and Family

    Sending love to the whole family on your loss of Mrs. B. She was a great Role Model and the calm in the storm when all of us crazy Boy Scouts were running around getting ready to go camping!

  • Jeanie & Albert Marx

    Whenever you saw Josiah, our cousin Birdie was always close by, quiet and smiling. Josiah has always been so strong, but I believe Birdie has always been his rock. Albert and I send her family healing thoughts and prayers.

  • Anne Dolowitz and Sandy Dolowitz

    We are so sorry about the passing of your beloved mother, Birdie. Please accept our condolences. Sandy and Anne

  • Louis and Irene Kolesky

    We are so sorry for the passing of Birdie. What an amazing woman! Mr. B and family, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • H. Kassorla

    Truly an Eshet Hayil- a woman of valor. May she rest in peace. Amen

  • Penny Trinker

    We are saddened with the passing of Mrs.B. As a member of the Boy Scout Family, she will truly be missed. Our love to Mr. B .and the Benator Family. Penny , Mike and Ben Trinker

  • Diane DeBoer (Amato)

    We have lost a kind-hearted woman and a gentle soul. May her memory remind us of her faith and strength. I last saw her while visitng Atlanta and attended her 90th birthday celebration. I'm glad I saw her happy and surrounded by love.

  • Zan and Daniel Alhadeff

    Zan and I wish the Benator family good health and comfort as you mourn "Birdie". I have so many fond memories of cooking at the synagogue with her - and being one of Josiah's many scouts.

  • Ruby Hammel

    Rachel, March has been a very bad month for you and your family! Please accept my heart-felt condolences. My prayers for you during this grief filled time ahead?

  • Ann and Mike Silver

    We are deeply saddened for your loss. She was truly a legend in our synagogue and in your family and will be missed by all who knew her.

  • Heather McClain

    God bless Birdie and the entire Bernator family. What a life! And it’s heartwarming to hear how much love and joy she spread to her family and community. I will miss seeing her and Josiah tackling LaChona Court with such vigor! Peace and love to you all ??

  • Ilana Danneman

    Such an icon in our community. May your family be comforted from the person she was and the long exemplary life she led. Sending love your way. I so enjoyed seeing her out on her walks with Josiah. ??. She will be missed.

  • adina and Jeff Jagoda

    May the family be comforted. she lived a long life and we on La Chona will miss her presence on the street.

  • Donna Conwell

    My sincere sympathy goes out to you Debra and to your father and all of your family. May your faith and happy, loving memories keep your dear mother alive in your hearts and minds. I know she was an exceptional person.

  • Lynn Handmacher Chanin

    What a gift to have had your Beloved Birdie for 97 years. I am sending you all so much love, strength and peace Xoxox Lynn

  • Amy and Robert Arogeti

    We are so sorry for your family’s loss. Birdie will be forever missed on this earth yet always remembered for her genuine and loving acts of kindness. May her memory be for a blessing.

  • Leah Franco

    One of the dearest women I have ever met - What a joy it was to see the depth of family devotion existed in her. Her mother was my Grandmother's (Leah Amin Amato) younger sister. My devoted love and respect for Birdie go back to our early Washington DC days. This sad news brings me a sorrow difficult to describe. My thoughts and prayers are for all of her dear family, and especially Josiah.

  • Philip Wendkos

    I wa privileged to have known Grace and extend my sincerest condolences to Josiah

  • Philip Wendkos

    I was priviiliged to have known Grace and extend my heartfelt condolences to Josiah.

  • Janet Light Brooks

    I am so saddened to read of Mrs. B’s passing. She was a kind woman who will be deeply missed not only by her family but by all who knew her. May G-d comfort all who mourn.

  • Solomon Cohen

    Very sorry to hear about your loss… What a wonderful life for 97 years…

  • stella deleon

    i am so so very sorry about Birdie. She was an amazing lady. much love, stella franco deleon

  • Elena Franco

    Aunt Birdie,as I called her,was a sweet lady with a very big heart. I will miss her. I am thinking of you all and sending heartfelt condolences and love.

  • William Light

    It’s with great sadness that I read about Ms Birdie Benator’s passing. You and Mr. B were, and always have been “Legends in your own time”!! From the earliest days of my childhood.. my condolences and sincere wishes to their entire family. I know you will keep Ms Birdies memory alive forever!!??

  • Janie and Bruce Bitterman

    Sending love, hugs and prayers to this amazing family. We are so very sorry to hear about Birdie. Before their son Victor passed away, he asked me to type a paper for him, which I did. He was so appreciative, he gave me a beautiful candy dish with a Jewish Star that I cherish to this day! I will always look at that candy dish and remember all of the wonderful Benators!!! Isaac always put a smile on my face! They did an amazing job with him!! Birdie was remarkable. May her memory always be a blessing to all!! Janie & Bruce Bitterman

  • Melissa Adamson

    Sending you all my love and prayers for peace at this time of such great loss.

  • Kathie and Steve Alhadeff

    Dear Josiah and Benator Family, We are sadden to hear of Birdie passing. May her memory of a life lived be a blessing. My the Almighty comfort you amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. Kathie and Steve Alhadeff

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