Deceased Information


    Phyllis R. Herman

    Penina bat Shmuel

  • AGE



    Saturday, April 08, 2023 (Before Sunset)


    Monday, April 10, 2023


    2:00 PM




    Meeting ID: 837 5807 1536

    Passcode: 342424


    Known as Maw Maw to many, our loving mother, Phyllis Ann (Rosen) Hermanpeacefully passed away on April 8, 2023, at the age of 78 (two weeks shy of her birthday) after a hard fought battle with metastatic breast cancer.  It would be wrong to say that Phyllis lost her battle because she never stopped fighting. No matter how bad she felt she never missed an important event and was always determined to entertain friends, see her grandchildren or volunteer.

    When anyone else would have broken, Phyllis stayed strong. Through her, we know what resilience and perseverance truly look like. There was no quit in Phyllis. Just because she is no longer here, it doesn’t mean she lost her fight. 

    Phyllis was well loved and cared deeply for her family and neighbors. She did this not out of obligation, but because of who she was. She was always the first to offer help and volunteered for every major Jewish organization, school field trip, High School proms and more.  Not only did she generously support numerous organizations, but more importantly she gave her time.  And she always ensured that every child who crossed her threshold was well fed, safe, healthy, and happy.

    Born in New Orleans, La. in April 1944, to Sam and Fannye Rosen, Ms. Herman lived most of her life in New Orleans where she raised her three daughters.  She moved to Lake Oconee, Ga. in 2005 to be closer to family and then to Atlanta permanently in 2018.  A lifelong supporter of Jewish causes, she was active in the Jewish communities of both New Orleans and Atlanta.  Ms. Herman is survived by her former husband, Maury Herman of New Orleans, daughters, Gayle (Harris) Siegel and Sheri (Craig) Kornblum of Atlanta and Jeanne (Jeff) Ellinport of Gaithersburg, Md., and grandchildren Lauren (Kris), Ashley, Meredith, Rachel, Beth, Reuben, Micah and Justin.  A huge thank you to her amazing caregivers and team of physicians and nurses at Emory Winship Cancer Institute. We are forever grateful.  

    Graveside services will be held 2:00 pm today, April 10 at Arlington Memorial Park with Rabbi Joshua Heller officiating.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to, Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS) of Atlanta at, or Creating Connected Communities at, and Winship Cancer Institute.   Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999

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  • Martha Jo Katz

    Gayle and family, sending deepest condolences on the loss of Phyllis. Thinking of you! May memories in the heart bring comfort to the soul. love, as ever, Martha Jo

  • Robyn and Mark Clark

    So blessed to have been a part of her life. May her memory always be a blessing.

  • Sandi Stone

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

  • Eris & Ben Khalil

    I loved Phyllis the first time I met her. To me she was warm and welcoming, friendly and inclusive. Her family was blessed to have had her in their lives. I feel blessed to have known her for the short time she was in mine

  • Jill Madenberg & Family

    It was truly my honor to know Maw Maw for over 30 years. I admire her strength and devotion to her family. I have so many wonderful memories. May she rest in peace. Sending my love and deepest condolences to all of you.

  • Pat Drerup-Cotter

    My deepest sympathies to you all. Phyllis was indeed an amazing individual to be honored and loved for her deep love for her family as well as her contributions to her community. Thank you for the gift of sharing time with her. May God’s peace be with you?

  • Aaron Stein

    Wish I could be there to hug you all. Love to all.

  • Lee Kansas

    We are sorry we cannot be with you today to give you hugs and tell you in person how many wonderful memories we have of Phyllis. I especially hold dear the Kittiwake weekends we shared. Love to all.

  • Sheryl Rechtman

    Gayle, Sending hugs to you and the entire Herman family on the passing of your mom.

  • Amie Peele

    She will be deeply missed. You all are in my prayers. May her memory be a blessing. ??

  • Michelle Cooper

    I am incredibly sorry for your loss and my heart truly hurts. Your mother was a wonderful and special lady. My life is richer to have known her and to have spent time with her. Sending all my love to your entire family!

  • Raye Lynn and Roy Banks

    We were so sorry to hear about your mom/grandmother. Sending much love at this very sad time to the entire family. May you always hold beautiful memories in your hearts.

  • Reba Kreisberg Herzfeld

    Gayle, sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. Reba Kreisberg Herzfeld, Loudon TN

  • Susan Londe

    Please excuse the typo of question marks on my previous comments

  • Susan Londe

    Sending you lots of love and strength. She will be missed??

  • Jeannine and Aaron Altmann

    Gayle,Sheri and families,so sorry for the loss of Phyllis.She was such a sweet lady.Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.May Phyllis’s name be a blessing.May memories carry you through this sad time.

  • Susan and Ron Heidt

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Phyllis. Such a kind, sweet, loving woman, who will be missed by many. Our hearts go out to the entire family. May her memories be for a blessing.

  • Linda Miller

    My heart goes out to all of you what a dear lovely lady I was blessed to know her,may she rest in peace

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