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    Selma Burke

    Shifra bat Aharon Chaim


    Saturday, December 25, 2021 (Before Sunset)


    Sunday, December 26, 2021


    12:30 PM




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    Selma Goldberg Burke, age 97, of Atlanta, died December 25, 2021. She was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Daniel Burke. She is survived by her children: Pam and Robby Brown, Robin and Steve Bennett, Joel Burke, and Leland Burke and Gerard Ryan; grandchildren: Eryn Brown and Scott Sonneborn, Alison and Paul Friduss, Jessica and Jonathan Ginburg, Melanie and Max Blinder, Jacob and Grace Bennett; nine great-grandchildren; and sister Barbara Baker. Selma was an accomplished artist and a woman who will be remembered for her humor, warmth and sincerity. Sign an online guestbook at A graveside service was held 12:30 pm, Sunday December 26, 2021 at Crest Lawn Memorial Park, with Rabbi Ilan Feldman officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Beth Jacob Synagogue’s Rabbi Charity Fund, The Cohen Home via Jewish Home Life or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by 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.

  • Julia & Terry Bernath

    We were so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. How blessed were you to have had her as a part of your life for so many years! And what a beautiful legacy she left in her wonderful family! We hope your memories will sustain you during this difficult time.

    December 29, 2021 , 08:36 PM

  • Michael Popkin

    Robin and Pam, I'm sorry for your loss, and though I haven't seen your mom in over fifty years, I still recall her energy, her spirit, and her face. They bring back warm memories of life in that tight community in the Rock Springs Apartments, then onto Margaret Mitchell, Northside HS, and beyond. Such a great journey...

    December 28, 2021 , 08:48 PM

  • Suzanne and Howard Goldstein

    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Take comfort in knowing how well thought of she was. Love to you and Steve.

    December 27, 2021 , 09:14 PM

  • Helen and Robert

    Dear Robin and Family. We send our deepest condolences at this sad time and pray that strength and loving memories will you through.

    December 27, 2021 , 08:32 PM

  • Jonathan C Ginsberg

    Leland, I was very sorry to hear about your dear mother's passing. Your mom was a wonderful person - always welcoming and friendly. May your memories of time spent with her serve as a source of comfort to you and your entire family at this time. Jonathan

    December 27, 2021 , 01:07 AM

  • Cathy Friedman Resnick

    Condolences on the passing of your mom....may her memory be for a blessing....

    December 27, 2021 , 12:40 AM

  • gladys. hirsch

    my thoughts are with you at this sad time. she. was very special and so. talented

    December 27, 2021 , 12:33 AM

  • Sherri and Moe

    Robin. We are so sorry you lost your Mom. Sending love and hugs to you and your family.

    December 26, 2021 , 05:32 PM

  • Nicholas & Andrea Palumbo, Tiverton RI

    Our deepest condolences to the Burke family.

    December 26, 2021 , 05:16 PM

  • Linda Reisman

    Robin, Howard and I were saddened to hear of the loss of your dear mom. We send our condolences and pray your wonderful memories will forever bring you comfort.

    December 26, 2021 , 03:21 PM

  • Scott and Shelley Kaplan

    Selma Burke was one of those rare individuals who exuded strength and gentility, brilliance and modesty, leadership and team participation, old style elegance and contemporary wisdom all at the same time. When she spoke, people listened; when she acted, she became a role model and mentor for so many. She was the matriarch of a very important, committed and uniquely Jewish family. Through the lessons she taught, the stories she told, the role model she set, the life she led, and the deeds of goodness, generosity and loving kindness she constantly performed, she will be lovingly remembered by family and friends for a very long time to come. Indeed, her family and community will never be the same as before this loss, but we are all ever so much better to have had someone so wonderful to loose. May the memory of this true Eishet Chayal be an eternal blessing to all of us who were honored and privileged to know and love her; and may the family be comforted in the knowledge that she lived a full, productive and joyous life.

    December 26, 2021 , 02:30 PM

  • Kathie & Steve Alhadeff

    Robin, I hope you will take comfort in knowing what an amazing daughter you are. May the memories of good times shared bring a smile during your sadness. We love you, Kathie & Stevie

    December 26, 2021 , 02:06 PM

  • Lauri

    To all the Burke family, sending loving condolences. Robin, I remember spending many visits at your home with your mom entertaining “the girls!” May the love of friends and extended family comfort you. May her memory be for a blessing.

    December 26, 2021 , 01:53 PM

  • Marty Oxman,Charlotte,NC

    My condolences to the Burke Family.

    December 26, 2021 , 04:39 AM

  • Robyn Spizman

    My deepest condolences to your entire family. I have such fond memories of your wonderful mother and send heartfelt thoughts at this time. May her memory be a blessing.

    December 26, 2021 , 03:13 AM

  • Helen Kraus

    I send my condolences to all the Burkes on the loss of their wonderful mom who was an integral part of my growing up.. She was such an awesome mom and always welcomed me in their home as a child. May your wealth of memories comfort you all. With love, Helen Oxman Kraus

    December 26, 2021 , 02:16 AM

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