Deceased Information


    Rita Edlin

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  • AGE



    Saturday, June 24, 2023 (Before Sunset)


    Sunday, June 25, 2023


    3:30 PM




    Meeting ID: 846 0884 9418

    Passcode: 695245




    Shiva will be held at the home of Lori and Todd Edlin on Sunday and Monday from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, with a service at 7:00 PM both nights.

    4745 Jett Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30327



    Rita Harkavy Edlin, of Atlanta, GA, passed away on June 24 2023, at the age of 94. Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Cincinnati, OH, Rita was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

    Rita graduated from Walnut Hills High School and the University of Cincinnati. She married her one-and-only Leonard in 1952. Six years later, they moved to Atlanta with three sons, all under five years old, so Leonard could work at Davison’s Department Store. Through her children and her many activities, Rita quickly met dozens of families who warmly welcomed her to Atlanta and most remained close friends ever since.

    Known by many as Reetzie, she was the beloved matriarch of her family. She was known for her bright, inquisitive mind and her substantial accomplishments at golf, bridge, bowling, cooking and worldwide travel. Rita was the repeated women’s golf champion at the Standard Club, president of Atlanta Woman’s Golf Association, an American Contract Bridge League Gold Life Master and organizer of several bowling leagues at Express Lanes. She and Leonard combined their love for bridge, travel and each other by teaching bridge on luxury cruise ships, making many voyages throughout the world.

    Rita is survived by her sons, Shiel (Margo) and Todd (Lori); grandchildren, Adrienne (Jeff Harari), Ari, Carly, Jay, Samantha (Preston Gelman), Allison, Jake and Will. Great-grandchildren, Mia, Zachary, Charlotte and Sloane. Rita is also survived by sister-in-law Roz Harkavy, eight nieces/nephews and the Andrew Edlin family.

    Rita was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Leonard Edlin, parents Gussie and Benjamin Harkavy and brother Franklyn Harkavy. A special thank you goes to her angelic caregivers, Wendy Moomba and Carla Cole. Their dedication and affection have been a blessing for six years.

    A private graveside service will be held on June 25th, 2023 at 3:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Shiva will be observed Sunday and Monday from 6 PM until 9 PM, with a service at 7 PM both nights. It will be held at the home of Lori and Todd Edlin, 4745 Jett Road NW Atlanta. Turn on Tanglewood Trail and look for a sign directing to the house. 

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  • Cathy Bouffier

    I am so sorry for your loss. It's difficult to lose a parent at any age. I hope you find strength and support in your family and friends to help you through this time.

  • Alex Bromberg

    Andy and Karen, my sincere condolences go out to you and the entire Edlin family.May her memory be a blessing.

  • Sandy and Dave Abrams

    Dear Shiel,Margo,Todd and entire family, Our heartfelt condolences . May her memory be forever a blessing.

  • Ramon and Jody Franco

    Our sincerest condolences to you and your family.

  • Jeri and Michael

    Sheil, Todd and family, so sorry for your loss.

  • Eric & Joan Gershon

    Todd & Shiel, So sad to learn of your Mom's passing. Sending love and healing to your families.

  • Charlotte

    so sorry for your loss...i remember all the card games Harry and i had with you mom and dad... i think of them often...."Don't cry because its over, smile because it happened" best to the family...Charlotte.

  • Cary King

    Shiel and Margo: Our deepest regrets to you and Margo and the rest of your family on the loss of your Mom. IT is nice that you had her in your life for so many years and that is the blessing that will remain with you.

  • Carl Golden

    To the Edlin family. I’m sorry for you loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Carl

  • Miriam Strickman Levitad

    Sending condolences on the loss of Rita, your mother and Edlin Family Matriarch. May her Memory Be For A Blessing.

  • Andrew Strickman

    My sincere condolences. Your mother was a wonderful woman who played a meaningful part of my early years. Your father too.

  • Janet Wolf and Jeff Goldworn

    So sorry for your loss. I will always remember my wonderful time with Rita on the Golf Course. She taught me course management. I have wonderful memories of our time together. Love to the family in your time of grief.

  • Judith (Judy) Finkel

    Sincere condolences from our family to yours at this difficult time. RIP Rita.

  • Lorraine Siegel

    Todd and Shiel Your mom was one super lady whom I loved. Everything she did she excelled at, and did with relish. She was a lady with many talents and most of all she was a great friend. I will miss her but treasure my memories of all we shared. My deepest sympathy to you and the family . M

  • Lisa and Gerald Reisman

    Todd, Shiel and that great big Edlin family reflecting Rita’s long life, our sincere sympathies. She was a class act and will be missed. No matter how many years we get, tomorrow comes to soon.

  • Jeannette Zukor

    Andy, Karen and family. So sorry to hear of your loss. May your memories be for a blessing.

  • Norma, Appel

    Rita was a majestic woman and I was privileged to call her friend. She was warm and gracious, bright and at times funny. She will be missed.

  • Mark & Karen Kaplan

    Todd & Shiel, so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. Sending y'all much love & peace during this difficult time.

  • Gail and Jackie

    Rita was so beloved. There are so many wonderful memories of times in the Edlin household. And and we are so honored to be extended family. May your entire family find peace and comfort, and may her memory always be for a blessing. Love, Gail and Jackie

  • Barbara Krinsky

    To the entire Edlin family, Rita was my best friend for 65 years We enjoyed many golfing trips together. She was the best ladies golfer. She was also the best ladies bridge player. She was elegance and grace all put together. She will be missed by all those who loved her Including me. May she rest in peace.

  • Mimi Siegel

    Dear Edlin family, Larry and I send you our deepest sympathy. Rita was a dear friend and very special to us. We are out of town for the summer. We share your grief from afar. Many hugs, Mimi and Larry

  • Barbara Friedland Gold

    Sending my deepest sympathy in the loss of Rita. She was such a good friend to so many and may she Rest in Peace.

  • Candy Haskins

    My sympathies to the entire family. My mom loved your mom! May her memory always be a blessing.

  • Carol Nemo

    Dear Margo and Family, I’m saddened to learn of your mother in law’s passing. I only met her a few times, but what an amazing, accomplished & brilliant woman she was! My sincere condolences ? to you.

  • Marcia and Emil Baumrind

    Our deepest sympathy to your entire family on your loss. We are thinking about you at this difficult time. Marcia and Emil

  • Mark and Robin Spiege

    Todd, Sheil and the entire Edlin extended family We are very sorry for your loss but grateful your Mom was with you for so many of your important life events We know she will be missed Mark and Robin Spiegel

  • Amy and Robert Arogeti

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Rita was an elegant lady full of grace with a sharp and inquisitive mind. May her memory bring you a smile.

  • Linda and Bill Frank

    Dear Todd, Lori, and family. We are so very sorry for the loss of your dear mom. The friendship with your family and Jackie’s family goes back so many years and you shared so many memories. She was a lovely beautiful lady. May her memory be eternal and May her memory be for a blessing. We are sending prayers for strength and comfort during this very difficult time. Love, Linda and Bill Frank

  • Doris Frank

    Todd, Lori and Edlin family, my deepest condolences goes out to the family on the loss of their dear mother Rita. We all loved her very much! Rest in Peace dear friend!?????

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