Deceased Information


    Herbert Allan Blondheim

  • AGE



    Friday, May 05, 2023 (Before Sunset)


    Sunday, May 07, 2023


    3:00 PM



    Herbert Allan Blondheim, age 85, passed away peacefully on May 5, 2023 at his home in Atlanta, Georgia after battling kidney cancer. Born July 21, 1937 in Columbus, Georgia to the late Henry and Louise Blondheim, Herb attended elementary and high school in Columbus and Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia.  

    In 1960, he received his BBA from the University of Georgia, where he was president of TEP fraternity. After working part time in his father’s Boston Shoe Store in Columbus, Herb joined Rich’s Department Store in Atlanta where he met his wife, Martha. Always joking, Herb would tell friends that they met at Rich’s and, “If she doesn’t work out, I can always take her back!”  They’ve been married for 57 years and have two daughters, Jody (Fletcher) Roberts of Charlotte, NC and Kathy Blondheim of Atlanta; grandchildren, Marshall and Ginny Roberts of Charlotte; brothers Barry (Diane) Blondheim and Dickie (Joy) Blondheim of Montgomery, AL and many close cousins, nieces and nephews.  

    After 35 years at Rich’s, Herb retired as Divisional Vice President and Merchandise Manager of the Children’s Division.  He then accepted a position at Samara Brothers covering the Federated Department Stores account for the next decade. After ending his career, he had more time to enjoy family vacations, weekly tennis matches, UGA football, Braves games and most of all spending time with his beloved grandchildren. Herb always loved to share funny stories about his adventures while working as a summer camp counselor, time spent in the military, and college experiences.  He never met a stranger and easily befriended people that he and Martha met on the trips they made to many different countries. “Happy memories do not fade and are a gift that cannot be lost.”   

    A graveside service will be held at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs, GA at 3:00 pm on May 7, 2023.  Donations may be made to Joy to Life Cancer Foundation ( or a charity of your choice.  Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.  

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  • Kelli Halterman Jones

    My heart was saddened when I heard about Mr. Blondheim’s passing. Enjoyed being neighbors with him and your family on Granger Drive. He was always so friendly and had such a warm smile! Love and prayers to you all!

  • Alan and Linda Goodman

    Dearest Martha and all the family. I’m so sorry Alan and I are just hearing about Herbert’s passing and terribly late in sending our condolences to you. We are holding you in our hearts. Love, The Goodman’s

  • Freda Mayes

    Martha and family my sincere condolences to you all. Herb was a funny gentle man. My first boss at Rich’s in the late 70’s. He was one of the few who made my 30+ year retail career fun and exciting! I know he is having a great time telling stories to all the friends and love ones that have transitioned before him. Enjoy this next chapter Herb! Freda Mayes

  • Annette & Ted Marcus

    We are so sorry to hear of Herb’s passing. We fondly remember him as a wonderful neighbor when we lived on Foresta Court. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Leah Chase

    I’m just so very sorry to learn of Herb’s passing. We were cousins and friends for all our lives. He was always warm, always smiling and nice to be with. My sincere sympathies to Martha and the entire family. Leah (Feinberg) Chase Charleston SC

  • Janis Paul

    I was so sorry to hear about the loss of Herb. Karl and I would have been at the service had we known earlier. Herb was such an authentic person. His sense of humor and his wit could brighten anyones day. His deep love for Martha was so evident in everything he said and did. It was so beautiful to see, I left a message for Martha. I hope to hear from her so we can get together with other Helman alumni for a reunion. I think of you often Martha and hold you in my heart. With love, Janis.

  • Becki Kaplan

    Martha, I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. I met Herb in January of 1981 in San Francisco at an AMC import meeting. I was a new Kids buyer at Woodies in DC. Over the years our paths crossed at import meetings and in 1991 I went to work for him at Rich’s. He hadn’t aged a minute in a decade. I moved from Kids to Moderate Sportswear and ultimately HR at Rich’s before Lee and I moved to NYC in ‘95. He was a kind and wonderful man who talked about you and the girls all the time. We became Facebook friends and I enjoyed his posts. He did remain timeless…a Southern gentleman in the best of ways. We are thinking of you and the whole family.

  • Tina Tafur

    Martha, I’m so sorry to hear of this news. I know that Herb and Papa Joe are up in heaven telling each other jokes and cutting up. Herb will be missed. Seeing you two at our family events always puts a huge smile on my face. Love to you!!

  • Steve Pernotto

    I worked with Herb for many years at Rich’s. He was a great merchant and had the respect of everyone he came in contact with. May he rest in peace in Gods arms

  • Harriet Spanier

    Martha,just to think about Herb makes me smile. He loved people and in turn people loved him. He had a great gift. May his memory be for a blessing. He will be missed.

  • Michael and Linda Friedman

    Martha and Family We are so sorry to hear of Herbert's passing. He was always upbeat with a great story ot two. His graciousness will be missed by all who knew him.

  • Ann and Mel Berss

    Herb, Mel, and I go back to the early 1960’s at Rich’s and the fabulous single days at the old LaVista apartments. Seeing Herb always brightened our day. 60 plus years of knowing Herb was a gift. He always had a wonderful smile, great enthusiasm, and an infectious laugh. We loved sharing stories and memories together.Martha, may you and your family find comfort in knowing how special Herb was to so many of us. ,



  • Melissa Gregory ( Missy )

    I met Mr. Blondheim when I began my first job out of college at Richs in the Executive Training program. I was working as an Assistant Buyer in the Childrens division. He was such a wonderful person and treated everyone with great respect, and kindness. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending condolences to the family. May you find peace and comfort in all the memories you share !

  • Alan Rosenthal

    My condolences to the family, may his memory be a blessing

  • Maria and Tony Barnhart

    Martha and I are members the Dunwoody Woman’s Club and that is how I met Herb! Several husbands help with parking at the annual home tour. Herb was the best at greeting guests of the tour! He always had a smile on his face and welcomed each person in a friendly manner. I always appreciated Herb’s sense of humor. I also know he loved his family! So glad I got to know this caring person! Martha please know that Tony and I are sending sincere sympathies to you and your family.

  • Gail Cohn

    A great guy with a wonderful smile and laugh, and a keen sense of humor! He was loved by so many people, including me ,and will be missed . Sending caring thoughts and our heartfelt sympathy.

  • Martha Zoller

    Herb was my boss at Rich’s but he was more than that! He is the man that taught me how to be successful and taught me how to believe in myself. We’ve had lunch and talked on the phone over the years and he will be missed greatly. He gave me the best advice that I could’ve ever gotten when I was 21 years old. He said, “Martha, you’ll be a good buyer someday if you ever get there. You need to focus on the job you’re doing now and not the job you want to do later.“ And he was right and I’ve used that advice dozens of times with people that I have trained and mentored. I loved him! My condolences to Martha and to the girls — he loved you so.

  • Emily and Willie Green

    We are so sorry for your loss. Herbert I first met at UGA and thru the years have keep in touch. From Sand Springs Tennis Center to our local Grocery . Always talking Georgia Football. A nicer and friendly man you will never meet . We will all miss him .

  • Esther and Michael Levine

    Martha, We are so sad to hear of Herbert's death. I have many fond memories of growing up with him in Columbus. He was a wonderful person. Our thoughts are with you. Esther and Michael Levine

  • Don Memberg

    May his memory always be for a blessing and may his soul be bound in the bonds of life

  • Gina Brett

    Herb hired me for my first job as a buyer in his children’s department. He gave me something no one else in my life ever gave me. Confidence! Confidence to do a job I didn’t think I could do. He was my friend and mentor and most of all a true gentleman! There aren’t many like him out there anymore. May god bless Herb and his beautiful family. He will always be in my memories… Hope to see you again Herb!

  • Martha Jo and Jerry Katz

    Sending deepest sympathy to all. Herb was always so friendly and greeted everyone with smile. Memories in the heart bring comfort to the soul.

  • Ellen Goldstein

    Herb was a fraternity brother & wonderful friend to my husband, Paul. He & Martha continued to support me & I am grateful for their friendship. I will miss him dearly.

  • Bobby and Gloria Miller

    Sorry to hear about Herbert.He was a wonderful person, not just a mensch but a very special mensch. Always concerning, cheerful, and smiling. May he RIP!

  • Andee

    We are so sorry to hear about Herb. He was a beautiful person and will be missed by all who knew or met him. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers always. With love, Andee and Mark

  • Cecile Waronker

    Dear Martha: So sorry to learn of the passing of Herb. Please accept by deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  • Cary and Sherry King

    Sherry and I are devastated by the loss of Herbert. He was a real mensch, a good friend and a man who approached life with a great attitude and sense of humor. We are neighbors also and always saw him on his walks in the neighborhood. We are both saddened greatly by his passing.

  • Alan and Sheryl Cohn

    So sorry to hear about Herbert. He was always smiling and was well liked and respected by all who knew him.

  • Paul Posner Social Circle, Ga.

    To the family I am sorry to hear this sad news. We use to get together every time, when I went to Columbus.

  • Sandy Cohn & Ruth Gershon

    We are so sorry for your losing Herbert. He was a real mensch. He grew up with my brother and cousin and I grew up with his brother, Barry.

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