Deceased Information


    Gerson Asrael

    Gershon ben Shemon

  • AGE



    Thursday, November 17, 2022 (Before Sunset)


    Sunday, November 20, 2022


    10:00 AM




    Meeting ID: 891 5062 1175

    Passcode: 664273


    Shiva will be observed at the home of Michele and Mitch Garber, Sunday through Wednesday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and minyan service at 7:00 pm. 1852 Wyntergate Way, Dunwoody, GA 30338

    1852 Wyntergate Way, Dunwoody, GA 30338



    Gerson Asrael was born in Baltimore Maryland in 1934 to Samuel and Rose Asrael. He met Wilma Fisher on his first day of high school and they enjoyed a 62 year adventure after they wed in 1960. Gerson went to college at the University of Maryland, received his medical degree from University of Maryland at Baltimore, did a surgical internship at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, and completed a urology residency at Baylor in Houston. He spent 2 years at the Bethesda Naval Hospital as a Navy lieutenant commander under the Berry Plan and joined the Nalle clinic in Charlotte, NC. Gerson practiced urology for 35 years, as he said, “fixing plumbing,” and displayed characteristic license plates such as 2PCME. He served as the unofficial mohel of the Charlotte Jewish community, working with a rabbi on hundreds of circumcisions across multiple generations. Gerson retired in 1996, and he and Wilma spent almost 25 years traveling throughout the US and the world (often with their “hiking group” of 4 men who had been friends since elementary school and their spouses). Gerson and Wilma moved to Atlanta 9 years ago to be closer to family. His Jewish faith was always central to his life; he and Wilma were active members of Temple Israel in Charlotte, contributed to innumerable charitable organizations, and Gerson served as the President of the Charlotte Hebrew Academy. Gerson loved classical music and was quiet by nature, but when he did speak up, it was always with kindness and camaraderie, and occasionally with an absolutely hysterical anecdote delivered in classic deadpan style. He enjoyed playing golf since he was a teen, with extra-long left-handed clubs, and no substantial improvement that his golf partners could discern. Gerson was most proud of the family that he and Wilma created, developing special relationships with each of his progeny and quietly kvelling over the achievements of his wife, his children, and his grandchildren. He put a priority on education, and he and Wilma provided substantial support for the schooling of their children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Wilma, sister Bonnie Abeles; children Michele and her husband Mitch Garber, Mindy Asrael, Joel and his wife Jill Asrael, and David and his wife Jill Asrael, and his grandchildren: Robert, Evan, and Samantha Garber; Daryn and Sophie Asrael; and Rose and Noah Asrael. Contributions can be made in his memory to Jewish charities including the Anti-Defamation League and Hillel International, or to the National Park Foundation.

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    Dear Wilma and Asrael family, Elaine and I were so saddened to hear of Gerson's passing. Know that you are in our hearts and I'm sure that rest of your remarkable family will be a solace to you.

  • Martha and Saul Brenner

    To Wilma and the entire Asrael family, Saul and I send our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Gerson. We fondly remember his kindness, candor and keen wit. He kept Saul healthy and helped make the Hebrew Academy in Charlotte a wonderful place to grow up Jewishly. May remembering him be a comfort and blessing.

  • Andrea Capwell & Alissa Fields

    Sending peace and comfort. The stories of Gerson were heartwarming and lovely to hear. We are heartbroken for this loss in our family and love you all. We both will fondly remember his quiet chuckle, smile and compassionate eyes. xoxoxo

  • Rose Asrael

    Zaza was one of the most wonderful people I ever knew. I will miss him so much, forever and ever and ever. I love you, Zaza.

  • david L. Mutchnik and Wendy

    We love you. We know you will be strong because your family is so supportive,

  • Jan and Jim Brittain

    Jim and I are holding you in our hearts Wilma. We’ve always been struck by the deep love and beautiful relationship with you and Gerson. So glad we got to talk with him on Zoom recently. Sending much love.

  • Anita & Steve

    Dear Cousin Wilma, We grieve for your profound loss and know that Gerson's remarkable spirit and legacy will sustain you and your beloved family in the coming days. Gerson's towering presence was matched by his keen intellect and intellectual curiosity, his kind and generous soul, his honesty and unique sense of humor, and his unwavering commitment to and love for you, his family and your communities.

  • Lynn Edelstein

    Gerson was always the leader of the pack We spent so many happy times together with our eight children We could not have had a better friend. I am offering Wilmers and her entires family my deepest sympathy

  • Joan Solomon

    Dear Wilma, I was so saddened to learn of your beloved Gerson's passing. My deepest condolences to you and your family. May his memory be a comfort and a blessing.

  • Helen and Art Blatt

    We are saddened by the loss of this most kind and genuine person. Our deep condolences to Wilma, their children and grandchildren.

  • Stacey, Mark, Eric and Holly Schneider

    Wilma and family, We were so sad to hear of Gerson's passing. He was a wonderful man and always so kind, as are all of you. We remember many good times both in Charlotte and Baltimore and he will be very missed.

  • Lenore and Ed Tocker

    We revere our friendship with Gerson and Wilma. Remind Wilma of their visit here (Wilmimgon, DE) 10 years ago, and I'm sure you will get a smile. We also visited in Charlotte and Atlanta. Our time together was not enough. My (Ed) friendship with Gerson dates back to pre-highschool. We made the first road trip after finishing 10th grade. He was great. Who else but Gerson would perform a play before our school class, in which he pretended to be a surgeon operating on a patient. He turned from the "operating table" and said "have a liver sandwich Mrs. Schmata." Wonderful memories to treasure.

  • Sheila Caplan Goodman

    Dear Wilma, I am stunned and saddened to learn of Gerson's death. He was my older cousin, the first Goldman grandchild. I will always cherish memories of the times we were together for Shabbos at Bubbie and Zadie's as kids. Take care of yourself. Sheila

  • Roberta and Ed Bograd

    We are so sad to learn of Gerson's passing. Our sincere condolences to Wilma, the children and grandchildren. We know he will be sorely missed.

  • Ina Trueheart

    Wilma, I am so very sorry for your great loss. May Gerson's memory be a blessing.

  • Louis Sinkoe and Kevin Levine

    Louis and I send our love to the family on the loss of Dr. A. We have many fond memories with the family as we all grew up together. Doctor A. even took 10% from me. Hugs to all. We are thankful for a life well lived. Kevin & Louis

  • Elias & Linda Roochvarg

    Baruch Dayan Ha'Emet. While still living in Charlotte, Gerson performed the BRIT for our son, who is now 26, and helped Linda find a job at the Nalle Clinic, where he was working. He was a regular at the minyan. He is fondly remembered, & will be missed.

  • Judy and Norden Weingarten

    Sending much love to you, Wilma, as you grieve the loss of your beloved husband. We love that you and Gerson walked hand in hand at your residence and were called Romeo and Juliet. True love.

  • Sam & Linda Levy

    We are so saddened by Gerson's passing. We have many fond memories of him as a Charlotte neighbor and resident. His memory is surely a blessing.

  • Barbara and Bob Bernhardt

    So sorry and saddened to hear of Gerson's passing. He was a wonderful person. We remember him fondly from the Hebrew Academy and Temple Israel . As well as the fact that his last circumcision before he retired was for our Grandson Zackary Strawser. He was such a kind and gentle man. May his memory be for a blessing and may he rest in peace.

  • Harvey Caplan

    We are sorry for the loss of Gerson who was our cousin. May his memory be a blessing to his family and all who knew him.

  • Roz Winston

    Dear Wilma and family, Remembering when you first came to Dunwoody , the many times we spoke at the synagogue and the celebration of Gerson's 2nd Bar Mitzvah. Gerson was a special man who loved his family. May sweet memories help comfort you in the coming days. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  • Harriet Kleinman

    I cherish wonderful memories of my dear friend Gerson, over a lifetime of friendship going back to 1950. Dear Wilma and family, my heartfelt condolence for your loss of an extraordinary man.

  • Brenda and Floyd Patten

    Dear Wilma, We send you our very sincere condolences on Gerson's passing to you and your family. We have very fond memories of Gerson. He was the embodyment of a Mench. Love, Brenda and Floyd

  • Will Gensburg

    Gerson Asrael was my sister in law's father in law so I only met him on larger family occasions, but we certainly knew each other and spent a decent amount of time conversing. There are nice people, decent people, smart people, interesting people and funny people, but it's unique when someone has all of these attributes, and Gerson absolutely had them all, and if you met him you knew it pretty quickly. My deepest condolences Wilma and his family, who inherit a great legacy.

  • Bonnie Draluck

    We are so sorry for your loss. Gerson was such a dear friend of Milton and Judy. I feel like they knew him for their entire lives. All the Asrael family feels like family to me as we enjoyed spending time with you in Charlotte for special events and holidays. Gerson will be truly missed. With Love, Bonnie

  • Sally Kaplan

    Dear Wilma and Family. So sorry for your loss. May you hold on to all the great memories that you shared together. Fondly, Sally

  • Marcelle and Allan Ixman

    So sorry for your loss. Gerson was a real mensch. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Cousin Robin & Dirk Gilliam

    We are so sorry for your loss and will miss seeing both Wilma and Gerson at family events and reunions. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this very sad time.

  • Alice Wertheim

    Wilma, Michele and the rest of the Asrael family, I was saddened to hear of the death of your dear husband and father. Thinking of you, and sending prayers of comfort and healing.

  • Barbara and Phil

    Dearest Wilma Our hearts are hurting along with yours in the loss of Gerson. He was such a wonderful man and a cherished friend of many years.We are sending so much love to you and the entire family. With love Barbara and Phil

  • Nancy Isenberg

    He was such a vibrant invested and intelligent man. It was a pleasure to speak with him and especially to listen to him. What a fine gentleman he was. May your memories sustain you at this time of great sadness and his memory always be for a blessing.

  • Dale and Bob Israel

    Wilma and family—so very sorry for your loss. Gerson was a special man and was loved by all. May his memory be a blessing. Sending you love.

  • Racelle and Shimon Weiman

    Gersin was a mensch, a shining star alongside another shining star, Wilma. We miss him