Deceased Information


    Jerry Leonard Burnstein

  • AGE



    Friday, April 01, 2022 (Before Sunset)


    Sunday, April 03, 2022


    10:30 AM





    Jerry Burnstein, 93, scanned obituaries daily looking for his name. His name missing, he'd gleefully inform everyone in earshot that he was still alive. Jerry's long, happy life ended peacefully early Friday. For more than 20 years, he volunteered at Northside Hospital, bringing dogs around to cheer up bed-ridden patients. The devoted husband, father, dog lover and lifelong runner leaves behind daughter Betsy (Scott) Olinger, son Ben (Melissa), grandsons Alex and Sam, and granddaughter Briellen. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 42 years, Ellen Burnstein. Donations in his honor can be made to Happy Tails or Northside Hospital Auxiliary. A graveside funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 3rd at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs. 

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  • The Dressler Family

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

  • Butch and Cookie Frank

    So sorry for loss.

  • Laurie Berkin

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Jerry made each and every Happy Tails visit at Northside so special. His love for our pets, the patients and staff was amazing…as well as his humor. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Nancy Abrams

    My heartfelt condolences to the family.

  • Dr. John & Gail Neeld

    We’re so sorry for your loss. We had the pleasure of working with Jerry at Northside Hospital. He could put anyone at ease and always had a joke when needed. He genuinely cared for others. We will miss him. Gail & John Neeld

  • Rhoda and Phil Stahlman

    Betsy and Ben, we send our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your dad. Our friendship goes back for decades. Jerry was outgoing, friendly and warm with a love of dogs. He will be missed.

  • Janice Ellin

    I had the privilege of volunteering at Northside with Jerry. What a caring, genuine man who had 1 mission at Northside-assist in any way he could. May Jerry’s memory be for a blessing.

  • Don Reichardt

    So sorry for your loss. Jerry was a huge presence as a volunteer at Northside Hospital, and I'll never forget working with him on the pet therapy program. His sense of humor, friendly disposition and dedication to the patients' happiness made everyone around him happier.

  • Donna Rothstein

    Betsy and Ben, Please know our thoughts are with you and yours. Your dad had a warm heart and always carried a smile with him. Thinking of you and yours. Donna Rothstein

  • Ruth and Gary Levison

    Our deepest sympathy. May his memory be a blessing. As your Mom’s cousins we knew your Dad as always welcoming and with a good joke for Gary. Ruth and Gary Levison

  • Donna Hellmann

    I missed working with Jerry at Northside with dog visits and missed visiting with him once he moved to Phoenix due to Covid. I loved his laugh and funny stories. He was a wonderful human being.

  • Reva Levin Schuster

    Betsy and Ben, I remember meeting both of your parents when I taught Hebrew at temple and then later at services. You were great Madrichim and your father’s personality was obvious in each of you. He struck me as warm, open and a good sense of humor. He has left a great legacy in you and your children.

  • “Dee” Zangwill(former teacher)

    Ben, So sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing. I have such wonderful memories of both Jerry and Ellen coming to school conferences; They were such supportive parents, and their concern and care for you and Betsy was so admirable. You are so fortunate to have parents who loved and cared for their children. Please know that my thoughts are with you during this sad time in your life.

  • Cookie Levine

    Jerry was a sweetheart. We were friends for years, and I was delighted to see him again when I took my dog to visit the patients at Northside Hospital. Lots of wonderful memories of Jerry and Ellen. My thoughts are with you all.

  • Barbara Scheer-Eason

    Ben & Melissa and family, so sorry for your loss. May Jerry's memory be for a blessing.

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