Deceased Information


    Abe Besser

  • AGE



    Monday, April 26, 2021 (Before Sunset)


    Thursday, April 29, 2021


    2:30 PM


    Via Zoom. See Obituary below.


    Via Zoom. See Obituary below.


    Shiva will be held via Zoom on Thursday, April 29th at 7:00PM and on Sunday, May 2nd at 7:00PM

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    Meeting ID: 99100845874 Passcode: aashiva


    • ❖ One of the Jewish organizations in Atlanta that meant so much to Abe


    The funeral service (in -person) is private family only, however may be viewed via Zoom.

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    Meeting ID: 828 4193 7682 Passcode: 983874

    Abraham (Abe) Besser was born December 26, 1925 in a little town of Krzepice, Poland. A survivor of the Holocaust, the youngest of seven children to the parents of Rifka Rotbard Besser and Wolfe Hirsch Besser. His siblings were Hela Lask, Lola Klug, Sophie Scheinfeld, and Blanch Snitzer and two brothers Ario Besser and Myer Besser. As the youngest of his family (16 years old), his father sent him to provide hard labor with the Nazi’s in lieu of his sisters being taken by them. Through several years of hard labor, including walking in the snow with no shoes, he rejoiced at looking up to find American planes dropping flyers announcing that the Americans had landed. A natural entrepreneur, Abe founded a cab company in Berlin to serve the American soldiers and he was able to immigrant to the United States when he was 24 years old. Upon arrival in New Orleans, he literally kissed the ground in thanks. Abe was sponsored by the Rosenthal Sheet Metal Company. He paid his debt back over three years and went to night-school to learn English. Abe began his career by building apartment complexes and shopping centers throughout north Atlanta and developed much of north Fulton. He is preceded in death by his previous wives Caroline Gurin and Judy Adelman. Abe is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Marlene Gelernter Besser; his nieces and nephews, Morray and Susan Scheinfeld, Harry Scheinfeld (Janie), Regina Karp (Jerry), Issac and Peggy Klug, Mark and Dr. Novy Scheinfeld, and Ronnie Scheinfeld; grand nieces and nephews, Ryan and Jenna Scheinfeld, Alene Mosher, Nathan and Afton Scheinfeld, Emily Scheinfeld, Sheldon and Robin Karp, Lisa Karp Rose, Adam and Elissa Klug, Michael and Kate Klug, Bradley Klug and fiancée Jenna Sobel, ZoAnna and Marty Bock, Hanna and Keith Orland, Robert Scheinfeld, Kimberly and Isaac Jones, and Joanna and Steven Kelley and 14 great grand nieces and nephews. Abe is also survived by his stepchildren, Spencer Gelernter, Denise Gelernter, Sidney and Michele Gelernter, and Andy and Margie Gelernter; and his six Gelernter grand-stepchildren, Alex, Melanie, Kenzie, Marc, Lindsey, and Eli. A well-known philanthropist in Atlanta with a deep love and devotion to Israel he contributed to almost every Jewish organization including the Jewish Federation of Atlanta. Of his many philanthropic endeavors, he sponsored the Holocaust programming at The Breman Museum and was one of the founders of the Holocaust Memorial at Greenwood Cemetery. This memorial has been listed on the register of historical sites. Abe’s love and devotion to his family is well exhibited by the Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden on the premises of the Marcus Jewish Community Center. He planned and executed the outdoor memorial to the six million who perished in the Holocaust. He envisioned this memorial to his family and community as a living tribute for future generations to remember the Holocaust. He is also the benefactor of the Besser Gymnastics Building at the MJCCA as well as numerous programs at Jewish Family & Career Services. Graveside services will be held 2:30 pm, Thursday, April 29 and may be viewed via zoom link found on Dressler's website. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of the Jewish organizations in Atlanta that meant so much to Abe. Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999

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  • The Dressler Family

    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.

  • Steve and Marian Fraley

    To the Klugs, Scheinfelds and extended families, Abe was a testament to our parent’s shared enduring love of Israel and America. With fond memories, the Fraley’s.

    May 03, 2021 , 01:27 AM

  • Sruly and henna rivka Gelbwachs

    Abe will be sorely missed. May He take his good deeds with him to the All Mighty and pray that He send moshiach soon. May Hashem console Marlene and the whole family. Cousins Sruly and Henna rivka( Helen) Gelbwachs from Lakewood n.j.

    April 29, 2021 , 09:32 PM

  • Phyllis Fraley

    “Abey” as he was know to my parents for many years beginning aboard the USS Sturgis heading to America after the war. My condolences to Gina, Isaac, Morray and families on Abe’s passing.

    April 29, 2021 , 08:28 PM

  • Brenda & David Wisniewski

    Dear Marlene & Family, From the day we entered Abe's life 23 years ago, we became family. We will always cherish our long talks, his sage advice, and making wonderful memories for our young grandson. Marlene, the love and devotion between you and Abe has been an inspiration. We pray God brings you peace. Love Brenda & David

    April 29, 2021 , 07:49 PM


    Nathan and I extent sincere condolences Marlene and all of Abe's extended family members. Abe and my dad were first cousins and I remember when Dad wanted to add a room onto our old house and Abe said he would be happy to do it. When Dad asked how much, Abe said if you have to ask, you can't afford me. FYI: he only charged dad his costs and threw in the labor. What a mensch!

    April 29, 2021 , 05:43 PM

  • Leon and Susan Gross

    To his nieces and nephews, Morry, Harry and Gina ,who were my childhood friends on Normandy Drive, their younger siblings, and to Marlene, who with Abe was our neighbor currently, I extend my deepest condolences. May the memories of his wonderful life of tzedakah locally and in Israel be for a blessing.

    April 29, 2021 , 05:26 PM

  • Roz Winston

    My sincere condolences to Marlene and the entire family. It was a pleasure being in Abe’s company. His smile was a bright as the sun and and his generosity to the Jewish community will live on for generations. May his memory always be for a blessing.

    April 29, 2021 , 05:16 AM

  • Ray and Laura Wharton

    Abe besser was like a father to me I loved him very much he was one of the smartest men I've ever known always inventing things to fix things atDelido with or his home working 50 years with this man since my early 20s up till my 70s I have learned so much from this man always so kind generous with a smile always on his face always ready to help someone in need Marlene the perfect helpmate with her unconditional love for her husband always looking out for his best interest we will always love you both Abe will never be forgotten and we will always have a empty place in our hearts that will never be filled he was a very brave soul we love you Abe and Marlene you will never be forgotten

    April 28, 2021 , 11:17 PM

  • Darryl

    So very missed. A wonderful and caring person who always gave more than he received ! Uncle Abe , I miss you! Love Darryl

    April 28, 2021 , 07:47 PM

  • Myrna Klinger

    Dear Marlene and family, I am so sorry for your loss and thank you for the happiness you brought Abe in his later years. I am grateful for the long friendship my family enjoyed with Abe. He was someone to be praised and admired for his generosity, bravery, and his loving nature. I will miss his beautiful smile. Love, Myrna

    April 28, 2021 , 05:14 PM

  • Pam Apple and family

    Dear Susan and Morry, Abe was the definition of mensch. The one thing people can hope for is to make a difference. Abe did. Love , Pam

    April 28, 2021 , 01:35 PM



    April 28, 2021 , 01:09 PM

  • Betsy Lurey

    To dear Abe and Marlene's families, I am so sorry for your loss. May his memories always be a blessing and a comfort to you as you mourn such a wonderful man. Abe was my neighbor for 39 years and I loved him. Marlene, you were a devoted and loving wife. Abe was truly blessed to have you. You are a lesson in how to love. To this wonderful extended family, your love kept Abe going. I will miss checking in on him, celebrating his birthdays and Hanukkah parties. There is so much to miss about this wonderful man.

    April 28, 2021 , 03:26 AM

  • Jennie and Macy Moret

    Dear Marlene and family: We will always remember Abe and his strong personality to pursue what he believed in. His incredible contribution to the memory of Holocaust victims will always define him and sustain the memory of our ancestors. Your devotion to him surely helped him to live a life finalized with love and care. May the memories you have of good times with him help you at this difficult time.

    April 28, 2021 , 02:49 AM

  • Linda Miller

    We are so sorry for your famlies loss.What a wonderful person that added so much to our community and world Linda miller Mel Drukman

    April 28, 2021 , 02:03 AM

  • Judith (Judy) Finkel

    So sorry to learn of Abe Besser's passing. He was and always will be a true "mensch". His kindness was always in his warm smile and his generosity is legendary. My most sincere condolences to Marlene and the entire family at this difficult time. May wonderful memories of the years you shared bring comfort to you all.

    April 28, 2021 , 01:28 AM

  • Cecile Waronker

    Marlene Please accept my deepest sympathy. Abe was such a fine man and you were a devoted and dear wife.

    April 27, 2021 , 10:07 PM

  • Phillip and Rosalind Haber

    A special man we were lucky to know him.We mourn with Marlene and the whole family,

    April 27, 2021 , 09:14 PM

  • Sam and Gary Alexander

    Uncle Abe, your smile will live in our hearts forever. You will be missed Sam and Gary

    April 27, 2021 , 07:54 PM

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