Deceased Information


    Sylvia Gross

  • AGE



    Monday, November 07, 2022 (Before Sunset)


    Tuesday, November 08, 2022


    2:00 PM


    Meeting ID: 898 5926 8585

    Passcode: 182758



    Visitors are welcome from 5:30 to 8:30 pm Tues, Weds, Thurs With Services at 7 at the home of Cindy Solomon. Masks are requested. Street parking only.

    4968 N. Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody, GA 30338.



    Lillian Sylvia Gross born February 5, 1930 in Homeville, PA to the most wonderful parents, Rose and Zoltan Smooke of blessed memory, died November 7, 2022 in the care of her loving family and caregiver Ebere Victoria. Sylvia AKA, ‘Double’, a moniker she acquired from her toddler grandsons exemplified generosity of spirit, unconditional love, values of open doors and welcoming the stranger. Double grew up with her brothers and sisters, Allen, Jerry, Betty, and Fay all of blessed memory in the wild Steel Towns of Homeville/Homestead, and finally the Oakland Neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. Her father used to brag that he was a “5x millionaire!” to explain how much he adored his children. 

    At 18, Double met and married the love of her life, Ben Gross, a Hungarian ‘Hand-Grenade’. Double dedicated her life to helping Ben and his siblings, all survivors of the Holocaust, rebuild their shattered lives. She read and wrote for him. They raised four children Cindy, Marcie, Howard (of blessed memory) and Michael. She and Ben were a team and she learned quickly how to manage a household and be a Lady Kosher butcher. Together they operated Ben Gross Kosher Meats on 5th Avenue in Pittsburgh, PA into the late 1950’s.  

    In time, Ben joined his brothers at Albee Homes In Youngstown OH, and traveled the country while Mom dedicated herself to holding down the fort. In 1963, Ben accidentally boarded a plane to Atlanta when he meant to fly to Atlantic City to open a model home. He looked around and the brothers decided to invest in exurban real estate. In 1967 the family finally moved to Atlanta. Double persevered through the ups and downs of economic peaks and valleys managing the family finances while never losing her warmth and sense of humor. She always made sure that the kids had money in their wallets and there were charity dollars by the front door even when money was very tight.  She was a great family finance manager with only a high school education. 

    Double exemplified loving kindness (Chesed) and created a warm and welcoming home in Atlanta. She taught us the importance of visiting the sick and elderly, community involvement in meaningful ways that did not always attract attention, and she showed us the value of volunteering with a smile. 

    She really loved bowling with her dear friend Helen Gerson (of blessed memory) and they delighted in telling all about their high scores and gutter balls. They loved their bowling league teammates and made every effort to attend the end of season parties. 

    Double was a lifetime member of Na’amat and served as President of the local chapter many times. She was named an Atl. Jewish Federation Woman of Achievement and was an honoree of SOJOURN for her dedication to supporting the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. 

    Lillian Sylvia Gross was predeceased by her husband Ben, her beloved son Howard, and her sisters and brothers she adored. She is survived by Cindy Solomon, Marcie Koffler (Barry,) Michael Gross (Bryan) and Cathy Gross (Howard z’ll.) She will be missed by her beloved Grandchildren Max (Jennifer,) Aaron (Chanyl,) Lucy (Michael,) Zak (Luca,) Micah (Jason,) and Caleb (Margalit,) and the lights of her life great grandsons Charlie Hugo Gross and Pax Anic-Koffler. 

    Funeral services to be held at 2 pm November 8th At Crestlawn Cemetery. See www.DresslerJewishFunerals.Com

    There will be a hole in our hearts but we will forever carry with us her spark, her love of life and people, and the kindness she taught us was so important to creating lasting connection with others. We love you Double. 

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  • Veronica Boone

    There is no one in this world like your mother, my friend, mother, doubles, I will always admire your mothers, caring and selfless nature your mothers kindness was contagious and will live on forever in our hearts. My deepest condolences to you and yours during this time Veronica Boone, Pikesville, Maryland. ??

  • Marc Friedman

    Rest in peace my dear friend.

  • Judy Bernhardt Glatzer

    Dear Gross Family, I am no longer in GA but now live in the DMV. My parents, Hannah & Morris Bernhardt were friends with Wonderful, Sylvia & Ben for many years when I was growing up. Such KIND & GENEROUS people & I will Always remember Sylvia’s Sweet Smile & Gorgeous Dimples! I am Very Sad hearing of Sylvia’s passing and I am praying for your family at this Difficult time. What a Beautiful legacy, Ben & Sylvia left for you to Cherish. May they Rest In Peace.

  • Brittany & Andy Schou

    Double lived such a full life & we are so glad we got to meet her. You showered her in love & good humor (the Halloween boxer was one of the best ever costumes!) and that no doubt helped her live such a wonderful & productive life. Michael & Bryan, we are sending you hugs & kisses from MN, Brittany, Andy, Oliver & Auggie

  • Steve Gilmer

    She was a very sweet woman, will be missed

  • Linda Miller

    So sorry for your loss.I’ve known Sylvia over fifty years and never remember a time she wasnt smiling.She will hopefully continue smiling down on all of you.May she rest in peace.

  • Donna Salus

    Double was a special lady. Always young at heart-a great spirit. Sending prayers and love to her wonderful family.

  • Frances Newman

    Marci and family so sorry for y'all's lost. My thoughts and prayers are with y'all doing this difficult time

  • Michael and Linda Friedman

    Marcie and Family, Sylvia was a bright light filled with optimism and with a warm, dynamic glow. She will be missed by all who knew her. Quite the lady. Love, Michael & Linda

  • Debbie and Stanley Sonenshine

    Marcie, Our deepest sympathy to you and your whole family. May her memory be for a blessing.

  • Marika Klemis

    Dearest Marcie and family, I’m so sorry. You know how much I adored Double. I was able to watch the service on Zoom. The tributes to her memory were lovely. Sylvia was kind, loving and took time to make everyone feel special. May her memory be an eternal blessing. I miss you and love you all.

  • Barbara Mays

    Marcie, the obituary was beautiful and informative. Knew your mother was a special person but did not know the extent of her “uniqueness”. Hopefully the memories of all the good times you shared will make you smile in the days ahead. Sending hugs. Barbara

  • Alan Cohen

    So sorry to hear of Sylvia's passing. We were involved with Ben and Sylvia during their involvement with the building industry. Sylvia was a wonderful person and I know her family will miss her greatly. May her memory be a blessing for her family!

  • Faye Dresner

    While I didn't know Sylvia well, I got used to experiencing her warm smile and kind eyes whenever I saw her at CBH. In a world that is somewhat bereft of love for the moment, it's sad to lose someone who exuded it seemingly unconditionally. I always felt uplifted just from seeing Sylvia schmoozing and hugging people at shul. I hope her memories will eventually bring comfort to all who mourn her passing.

  • Karen Neuman

    We loved Double! Missing her already. Sorry for everyone's loss. Love to you all.

  • ShaSha Zipkin

    I share with you the sadness of losing the special woman that Double was. No one could replace her in our hearts. I was so fortunate to be among her many devoted friends.

  • Joanna Cherches

    I am so sorry for your loss. May her memory be a blessing. I am very grateful that I was able to meet Double at Lucy's wedding - she radiated warmth an kindness. Sending lots of love.

  • Art and Bonnie Steinfeld

    Just heard about Sylvia. So, so sorry. She was such a funny, generous lady and always welcomed everyone around . Please accept our deepest sympathies and keep her wonderful memories close to your heart.

  • Cathy Abbott

    Michael, Marcie, and Cindy, what a huge gift your Mom was in this world. So many people benefited from her hugs, laughter, and warmth. I will miss them too. May your hearts be filled with all the good memories as the days pass. Sorry to not be there now. xoxo Cousin Cathy

  • Abby Drue

    My dear Michael, Bryan, Cindy and family, Thinking of you all with abiding affection at this very sad time. I love Double so much! She always had and always will have a very special parking space in my heart. What a blessing Double is to each of us whose life she touched. Sending a very special hug to each of you on this enormous loss of Double. Lovingly, Abby

  • Jason Spector

    Words cannot explain our sadness and deepest condolences. Separated by miles and everyday life, never took away the love and memories we have all shared as family. She was a true matriarch and loved by all. Sending love and prayers to all of you.

  • miriam and danny saul

    Marcy, Barry and family. We are so sad hearing the news of Sylvia passing! She was such a warm, caring and wise woman. Her generation is passing and all we have are memories of their wonderful, remarkable life. May those memories and her name be a blessing for future generations. Sending much love.

  • Nancy Kriseman

    Michael, I know how special your mom was to you and your family all these years. It's always so overwhelmingly sad when a parent you loved so much dies. I think of a quote i often share with my clients "love knows not it's depth until the hour of separation." Please give yourself time to grieve and find ways to honor her memory. much love, Nancy K

  • Sylvia Friedman

    Deepest sympathy to Sylvia, Double's, family. It was a privilege to have known her. She will be missed.

  • Beth Wender Braun

    Dear Marcie and family, So sorry to hear this news about your Mom, Cherish your memories and be grateful for how long you were able to share in Double’s life.Love, Beth and Jeff

  • Rissa

    Such a wonderful lady. Will be missed by all who knew her.

  • Deb Teich O’Donnell

    My deepest sympathy to you all. Sylvia was a remarkable woman. I will always remember her smile and kind words.

  • Bruce Waldman

    Sylvia “Double” Gross was one of those rare people that once in your lifetime you are privileged to have met. Always friendly and kind. Never judgmental. She truly was loved by all and will be missed. May her name be a blessing for future generations.

  • Sharon maloney

    Please accept my deepest sympathy! May her memories be a blessing to all who knew and loved her! Love ?? Sharon Maloney

  • Bob Scheartz

    Everyone who knew Sylvia Gross is bereaved - Doubly bereaved - at her passing. She brightened every room and made every heart smile. The love she received from all was immense but the love she gave to all was limitless. We were blessed to have partaken of it.

  • Charles Sheron

    I am saddened to hear about Sylvia whom I have known for over 50 years and a lot of history with her beautiful family. Sylvia was a one of a kind. My thoughts, prayers and love are with all The Family.

  • Barry Roseman

    Sylvia Gross was a vibrant member for many years at Congregation Bet Haverim--always friendly, open minded and empathetic. I'll always remember her for these qualities. I send the family my love and deepest sympathies.

  • Jody Steinberg

    I'm so sorry for your loss - Sylvia was amazing - such a great soul - wonderful woman, incredible heart. She lived a great life, raised amazing kids, and y'all were great to her. She also seemed timeless - I can't believe she's gone. May her memory be for a blessing.

  • Barbara Levitas

    Sylvia was an amazing person, insightful, amusing, smart about life and living an authentic life. I always felt good after one of our converations and often came away with one of her special holiday recipes. I feel blessed to have known her.

  • Marci Alt

    May this amazing woman rest in peace. Her kindness to my kids will always be treasured

  • Terri Merlin Katz

    My sincerest condolences…. Sylvia was a gem and will be missed. Sending much love.

  • Gus Kaufman

    I will miss Sylvia. She was a light! I know her memory will always be a blessing.

  • Gail Cohn

    Dearest Double's family, It is with a heavy heart that we learn of the loss of our beloved Sylvia. She was a port in a storm! Double was an incredible human being who was loving ,giving ,accepting and more. She was so special and will be forever missed and forever loved. Caring hugs from Harvey ,Eliot ,Howie and me-

  • Cary Goldstein

    We have just lost one of Atl’s special people. Sylvia always knew how to make us all smile with her fabulous dry sense of humor. She will truly be missed, but never forgotten.

  • Wendy Light

    We are so sad to hear this news Sylvia ( Double) certainly enjoyed life. We know she will be missed by many . Thinking of the family and all who knew her. Wendy and Steve

  • Shirley Rich

    I am so sad to hear this news about Sylvia Double was one of my special people and I always looked up to her. She is a Wonderful for example of a family person I know she will be Missed by so many people love to you all may she rest in peace and

  • Marsha Rosing

    I feel privileged to have known this wonderful woman. May she Rest In Peace.

  • Joan M Stuart

    I am saddened by the news of Sylvia's death. She was a dynamic, passionate and wonderful woman. May her life be a blessing and may she rest in peace.

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