Mendel, Catherine


Catherine "CAKI" Collat Mendel, age 61, passed away September 22, 2021 at Emory Hospital surrounded by her husband and children, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. She lived every day to the fullest and never let the disease take away her energy or enjoyment of life. Caki was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and her heart always had a warm spot for Birmingham and the community. She moved to Atlanta after college and met her loving husband who survives her along with their 3 children, Bradley, Stacey, & Jason (Madison). She is also survived by her father Charles (Joanna) Collat, mother-in-law, Joanne Mendel, sisters Nancy Goedecke and Susie (John) Collat, brother Charlie (Cheryl) Collat, brothers-in-law, Richard (Muriel) Mendel and Howard Mendel, sister-in-law, Karen (Michael) Saul, and a great number of loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Patsy Collat, and her father-in-law, Jerry Mendel. Her genuine, thoughtful, and generous nature brought happiness to everyone she encountered. Family was the most important thing to her, whether related by blood or not. She had a remarkable love affair with her husband, Larry, for over 37 years. They were the true definition of soul mates, and she was his ultimate partner in creating a wonderful family and to share life's exciting experiences together. Caki worked at Mayer, a family business, and was Director of Community Outreach. One of her proudest accomplishments was starting and developing the "Mayer Cares" program to give back to local communities. She always wanted to help others and this position helped to fuel her fire. You could see and feel her energy and happiness as successful events grew within the organization. She loved to make home cooked meals for her family and friends, and wanting to keep with tradition, would focus on meals which were passed down from generation-to-generation. Her hobbies included needlepoint and knitting, with which she spoiled her children and family. She brought smiles and warmth to all whom were the lucky recipients of these treasures. These labors of love will be cherished forever. Caki lived every day with gratitude. Her love and spirit will live on through those who were fortunate enough to know her. Please consider a donation to JF&CS Atlanta, Collat Jewish Family Services Birmingham, The Temple Atlanta or Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation ( Arrangements by Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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