Deceased Information


    Joan Wiley

  • AGE



    Friday, April 08, 2022 (Before Sunset)


    Sunday, April 10, 2022


    1:30 PM




    Meeting ID: 830 3652 8972

    Passcode: 020609


    Green Lawn Cemetery



    Joan (Joanie) Gross Wiley passed away peacefully on April 8th, 2022 at the age of 80, although those closest to her knew better than to ever acknowledge her actual age.  She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Roger, as well as her children Cynthia Leder (Zack) and Clarke Wiley (Amy), and the true loves of her life, her grandsons, Asher & Riley Leder and step-grandson Bray Moore.  She is also survived by her brother Paul Gross (Roni) and brother-in-law Dr. Ronald Wiley (Kathy).

    Joanie was born August 1, 1941 in Richmond, VA to Cynthia Saxe Gross and Albert Gross.   Joanie attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth and earned an advanced degree from Georgia State University.

    She spent her life dedicated not just to her family, but also to education, beginning with working in the public schools system in the Richmond, VA area.  She moved to Atlanta and was a guidance counselor at North Springs High School and was instrumental in opening Riverwood High School, then to both Milton and Centennial High Schools after a period of time in Michigan in the Plymouth-Canton school system.  She was very active in professional counseling organizations and developed an active private practice assisting students in achieving their goals for secondary education.

    Joanie played tennis for a majority of her life, and in earlier years played matches on a satellite tour.  She was a very active ALTA tennis player, playing on as many as three teams at a time.  She was also an active volunteer at Northside Hospital and loved & treasured her time as a rock-a-bye, volunteering in the NICU for more than ten years. 

    In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in her name.

    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.

  • Alane Bearder

    Dear Roger – sending love and prayers to you and your family as you grieve the loss of your beloved Joanie. May she rest in peace. xox

  • Robert Glass

    Roger and family, I'm sorry to hear of your loss of Joan. Although I didn't know her personally, I admire the gifts of love and time shared by counseling and assisting others. Service to others is truly the embodiment of and true form of ministry.

  • Cathy& Rick Swerdlin

    Dear Wiley Family, We are so sorry to hear about Joanie’s passing. She was a special person with the best smile! May her memory be a blessing.

  • Cheryl & Jeff Cohen

    Dear Cynthia and family, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mother. She was such a vibrant person. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  • Sandra Webster

    My deepest sympathies to the Wiley and Leder Families. May good memories bring a smile to your faces during these difficult days.

  • Ella Doyle

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. She sounds like she was beautiful person who touched many lives. Sending love and light to the entire family during this difficult time.

  • Raygan Evans

    My condolences to the entire Wiley family. I'm very sorry for your loss.

  • Ryan Fleisher

    Dear Wileys - I'm terribly sorry to hear about your loss of Joanie. Of my friends' parents, she was one of the most vibrant, active, laugh-inspiring women I've met. I fondly remember many shared dinners with our families, cooking out on your back porch, and occasionally getting busted with Clark by Joanie's watchful eye. She really did care more than most and we were lucky to know her.

  • Betty and Tracy Holzer

    Dear Roger, Cynthia and Clark We were so sorry to hear of Joanie's passing. We want you to know that you are in our thoughts at this difficult time. We are also sorry we can't give our condolences in person as we are out of town. Joanie was a special person and she will be missed.

  • Linda Frank

    Dear Wiley family… This really made my heart feel sad. Cynthia and my daughter Angie ((Frank) Nothdurft were the cutest little pre-school buddies at Zaban. For years the girls would get together and Joanie and I would have a chance to chat. I loved her sense of humor and compassion. I loved her advice and wisdom. She was a go-getter who acted and looked years younger than she was. I looked up to her and thought she was the greatest mommy. It’s been so many years (maybe 35 or more), but soon as I saw this all the memories came back. May the wonderful memories you shared with her give you comfort and strength and lift you up during this time. And may her memory be for a blessing.

  • Marsha Raxter

    Cynthia and family. Sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mom. May her memory be a blessing.

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