Renate Stender Kinahan, 82, of Dunwoody, GA was the creator, the heart and soul, of Atlanta’s first internationally-renowned European-style coffee houses, Cafe Intermezzo.

Renate died on October 14, 2021. She 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 her Café Intermezzos. Their décor, pastries and soothing music provided the 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, their families, and his business. She courageously fought 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 is 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.

Services in Renate’s memory took place Saturday, October 23, 2021 at H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Rd. NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. Friends may wish to leave Renate‘s family messages of condolence online at

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