Renate Stender Kinahan

April 24, 1939October 14, 2021

Renate Stender Kinahan, 82, of Dunwoody, GA died October 14, 2021. Renate was a war-time child born in Hamburg, Germany as Renate Irene Stender. She enjoyed the richness of a fostering and loving mother and father. She gained prominence as a teenage model before marrying an American. She had her first daughter, Eeris, and moved to Minneapolis. Shortly after, she gave birth to her second daughter, Caara. She divorced and remarried, moved to Atlanta, and created Atlanta’s first internationally-renowned European-style coffee house. The Café Intermezzo’s décor, pastries and soothing music selections provided a warm, romantic atmosphere for which she was loved by her community and employees, many expounding her powerful nurturing effects on them to this day. After retiring and marrying James Kinahan, she devoted herself to their loving relationship, families, and his business. She courageously fought off an inexorable cancer over the past three years.

Renate was preceded in death by her sister, Inge Fiorillo, and is survived by her husband, James Kinahan, MD and her children Eeris Stefani Fritz (Terry Storhaug) and Caara Fritz Hunter (Jeffrey Hunter). She was also survived by her step-children Drue Melissa Cushman (Robert Cushman), Trevor James Kinahan, and Caren Alice Kinahan. Her grandchildren include Brandy Fritz, Forrest Storhaug, Oliver Stoney, and Kayla Melissa Kinahan.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 2:00 PM at H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Rd. NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 23, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 23, 2021


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Anna Jones

October 22, 2021

To all who ever met Renate, she left an indelible impression. She was spritely, sassy, silly and dignified, and without a doubt, always in charge. I am honored to have known Renate, to have shared laughs, champagne, and plenty of secrets!

There was only one Renate, but her beautiful daughters and grandchildren carry on all the very best parts of her.

Farewell, my friend. You'll be remembered, always.

Jenny Munhall

October 20, 2021

I worked for Renate for 12 years as her bookkeeper at Café Intermezzo. Over those years she became my friend, my mentor and my sister. It was a privilege to have her in my life for almost 35 years. I will always treasure every memory of our time together. I miss you, my dearest Renate! All my love, until we meet again!