Deceased Information

  • DECEASED

    Al (Alexander) Rudy (Rudnitsky)

  • AGE

    90

  • DATE OF DEATH

    Saturday, July 10, 2021 (Before Sunset)

  • SHIVA INFORMATION

    Shiva services will be held at 6:30 PM (services will begin at 7:00) Monday, 7/12, and Tuesday, 7/13,

    240 Spalding Springs Lane.

  • DONATIONS

  • OBITUARY

    Alexander Everett Rudnitsky (aka Al Rudy), 90, of Alpharetta, GA, lovingly known as “Big Al”, “Big Pop”, and “Rudy”, passed away peacefully on July 10th, 2021 after a challenging battle with Alzheimers and severe Dementia.

    Rudy was born to Rose and Zavel (Sam) Rudnitsky on June 4th, 1931 in Philadelphia, PA. After graduating Bartram High School, he went on to play quarterback for Penn St. University’s Freshman team under coach Joe Paterno. To avoid the outbreak of the Korean War, he joined the National Guard. Luck, however, was not on his side, as despite never having gone through basic training, Rudy’s guard unit was called up for active duty on June 25th, 1950.

    Al fought in over a dozen battles, and was even captured and lined up under a tree with 21 others awaiting execution. He was saved by the South African Air Force, which struck nearby targets forcing his captors to abandon their plans, allowing Al and his fellow soldiers to escape.

    Commended for his action and services performed above and beyond the call of duty, Al received 2 Bronze Stars, 2 Soldier Medals, 4 Purple Hearts, Combat Jump Wings, a Combat Infantryman’s badge, 7 battle stars, and a Commendation Medal. Of the 225 men in his unit sent to Korea, Al was one of only 20 to come home.

    Upon returning home, Al was set up on a blind date with Bernice Pitesky, of whom he was so smitten that he proposed later that same night. Within a year, they were married. They shared a love for Atlantic City, so much that they later relocated to nearby Marven Gardens with their daughters, Su and Sharon for ten years. They later moved to Hollywood, Florida, and ultimately followed his daughter Sharon to Atlanta.

    Decades after his service, Al was part of a group of Veterans that fought to build support and funding to dedicate a proper Korean War Memorial (which had been referred to as “The Forgotten War”), which was ultimately created and opened in the Summer of 1995 in Washington DC.

    He spoke throughout Florida and Georgia to VFW’s, Synagogues, and other organizations on the Korean War and his experiences as part of it.

    A lifelong Mason and member of the Masonic Lodge of Atlantic County, NJ, Rudy taught classes to incoming members and also served as a mentor to troubled youth in Atlantic City, NJ in the 60’s and 70’s.

    After moving to Atlanta in 2004, Al spent time working and volunteering at the Bremen Jewish Home and the North Fulton Community Charities Food Bank.

    Al is survived by two daughters; Su and Sharon (Mark), three granddaughters, Jordan (Scott), Ally (Max), and Madison (Spencer), and three great-grandchildren (Nace, Remi, and Benjamin). He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Bernice, in 2002 and his half-sister Ruth Taxin in 1983.

    Shiva services will be held at 6:30 PM (services will begin at 7:00) Monday, 7/12, and Tuesday, 7/13, at the home of Jordan and Scott Arogeti, 240 Spalding Springs Lane.

    Please consider a Gift Card Fund donation for Aberdeen Hospice (any amount). This donation will be distributed into gift cards. They will be awarded each monthly to individual staff and nurses who serve the needs of hospice patients. The fund will be in Al Rudy's memory. Check payable to Sharon Moskowitz, 145 Jade Cove Circle Roswell 30075 OR Venmo @Sharon – Moskowitz . Reference it "The RUDY tzedakah Card.” Donations may also be made in Al’s memory to All About Cats Rescue (allaboutcatsrescue.org) or Korean War Veterans Memorial (koreanwarvetsmemorial.org).

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  • The Dressler Family

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

  • Suzanne Schultz

    Sharon, Mark and family - Was so sorry to hear about your loss. So wonderful to read about how special of a man Al was! Sending our thoughts and prayers. Suzanne, Marti & Sydney

    July 18, 2021 , 08:10 PM


  • Sharon Moskowitz

    Al Rudy in 1952

    July 12, 2021 , 01:22 PM


  • Alison and Mike Goodwin

    Thank you for sharing your Dad’s life story, quite remarkable. Sending you all our condolences and prayers for comfort and peace during this sad time. May all your wonderful memories be a blessing to you all.

    July 12, 2021 , 01:26 PM


  • Susan Bond

    I want to express my gratitude for and awe of Al’s service and send each of you my love and heartfelt wishes for comfort during this time.

    July 12, 2021 , 01:11 PM


  • Arlean Worthy

    Su Rudy & Family: Thank you for sharing your father's life story. I am sorry for your loss, but know that you will be comforted with warm memories of your father. Please accept my condolences. With sympathy, Arlean Worthy

    July 12, 2021 , 04:19 AM


  • Ronnie and Ed Taxin

    Wonderful memories of Uncle Al. May his memory be a blessing.

    July 12, 2021 , 03:54 AM