Deceased Information


    Lori Berger Bryan

  • AGE



    Thursday, April 27, 2023 (Before Sunset)


    Monday, May 01, 2023


    3:00 PM




    Shiva will be held Tuesday and Wednesday night at 6:00 PM with a service at 7:00 PM at the home of Sheryl and Richard Arno: 1583 Withmere Way, Dunwoody;

    Shiva will be held on Thursday with a service at 7:00 PM at the home of Alan and Terrie Bryan: 3929 Locklear Court, Doraville 30360.

    1583 Withmere Way, Dunwoody, GA 30338

    3929 Locklear Court, Doraville, GA 30360


    • ❖ Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta

    • ❖ Backpack Buddies at Congregation Beth Shalom, Dunwoody Ga

    • ❖ Children’s Hospital of Atlanta

    • ❖ Other meaningful charities


    Lori Berger Bryan passed in her sleep on April 27, 2023.  She leaves behind an unrivaled legacy of love and connection with her family and friends.   Born in 1970 with Down Syndrome, Lori entered a world that often was not accepting of people like her.   Her parents, Martin and Robyn Berger, were ironically cautioned not to get “too connected too fast” because they may want to consider other living arrangements for her.  This led them down a lifelong path, insisting that Lori should have all the opportunities for joy and success like anyone else in the community.  Lori celebrated a Bat Mitzvah in an era when most doubted this possible, participated in extracurricular activities, attended summer camps, and graduated high school. She worked for 25 years as a daycare assistant and then 10 years as an emergency room aid at Egleston Hospital, the same place where she had received lifesaving open heart surgery in her childhood.  After dating him for over 3 years, Lori married her beloved, David Bryan in 2003, and together they lived independently for 19 years.  Lori lives on through the tremendous impact she has had as a model for other people with disabilities—a testament to every one of the full, productive, and joyful life that all people can enjoy when given proper opportunities.  To all the people she knew well, and even those with whom she had only brief contact, she will be remembered for her bottomless non-judgmental love.  She was a brilliant teacher for all of us.

    Lori is predeceased by her parents Martin and Robyn Berger.  She is survived by her husband- David Bryan, sister- Lisa (Chip) Boardman, brother-Eric Berger (Melissa Lerman), Mother and Father-in-law Terrie and Alan Bryan, Sister-in-Law Lisa Bryan, nieces and nephews Ross (Sydney) Boardman, Allison Boardman, Benjamin Berger and Ella Berger. 

    In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta, Backpack Buddies at Congregation Beth Shalom, Dunwoody Ga, Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, or other meaningful charities.  Graveside service will be held 3:00 pm, Monday, May 1 at Arlington Memorial Park. Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770.451.4999

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  • sara and marshall duke

    To all the Bergers and Bryans we are so very sad to hear about Lori. I know you've heard this many times but she was an inspiration to everyone she met. And your families were as well. Being with Lori just made the world a better place. There is no question her name will be for a blessing

  • Judy Schulman

    To the Berger and Bryan families, I am so sorry for the loss of your Lori. Sending love and sincere condolences to you all. Judy

  • Linda and Lester Czuper

    Terrie, Alan, David and the entire Bryan and Berger families, We are so sorry to hear the news of Lori's passing. BDE. She was an inspiration. She touched so many lives and left her loving mark on the world. Sending prayers and love.

  • Amy Abramson

    Lori was a guiding force as to why I became a special education teacher. May her memory be a blessing always.

  • Natalie Budnick

    Terrie and Alan Soo very sorry for the loss of your precious Lori! Sending our condolences and love at this difficult time!! Natalie and Larry

  • Jody Steinberg

    To David, and to Lori's family - what a beautiful tribute to a beautiful person. I met Lori and Robyn when I was working for GCDD, and considered them both a great resource for best practices and living their best life. I still think of them both all the time. What a loss to your family, and to the larger community, who loved Lori's smile and positive attituded, and the way she impressed everyone with her abilities! May her memory be a blessing.

  • David Bryan

    To my beloved wife, lori I miss you so so very much you’re always in my heart you’re always in my heart and always forever will be in Love you so much your husband, David.

  • Sue Susman

    To Lisa and family, I was so sorry to hear about Lori.She was such an inspiration to everyone.You were a wonderful sister to her and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.My thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family at this difficult time.

  • Dori Taratoot Kleber

    I have known Lori since we were kids on Anita Place, but it wasn't until I was an adult that I was able to see what an amazing person she was, so full of pure love. Whenever we saw each other, usually at Beth Shalom, she greeted me with such palpable joy. It did my heart so much good every time we spoke. I will miss those meetings, but will be forever grateful that I knew Lori. My deepest sympathy to the Bryans and to Eric and Lisa.

  • Gruenhut Elissa

    lori you ware my best ferind i’m really going to miss you love you sooo sorry for ur family loss and david

  • Deb Frank

    Condolences to the entire Berger and and Bryan family. Lori is an inspiration to many. May she rest in peace

  • Martha Jo and Jerry Katz

    Dear Lisa and family, sending our deepest sympathy to all. Lori will always be remembered for her zest for life and will to be what was not expected. May memories in the heart be comfort to the soul. Love as ever, gogo and big jerr

  • Jordan & Haley Bryan

    We are so sorry for your loss. Lori was an amazing person and we are so grateful to have known her.

  • Hershene and Joel Borrin

    Joel and I are sending many caring thoughts of sympathy to you and the entire family. May Lori's memory always be of a blessing.

  • Terri Moret& Family

    to the beloved familly of Lori Berger… Lori made this world a better place…. we will carry you in our hearts always Lori as an example of joy.. light and love

  • Robin & Phllip Medintz

    Dear Lisa, Eric, your families and the Bryan Family, We are so deeply saddened to know that Lori will now be a beautiful memory for everyone lucky enough to have known her. While we send deepest condolences to Lori's families, we are at peace knowing that we were all blessed by her life. Robyn and Marty paved the way for Lori and everyone who knew her sweetness and joy are the fortunate survivors. Lori showed the world what miracles can happen when a loving family overcomes so many challenges despite the odds. Our hearts go out to each of you who were a part of Lori's amazing existence. May you cherish her memories as she added so much goodness & joy to our world. Love to all, Robin & Phillip

  • Rona and Barry Seidel

    Dear Lisa and Eric, Your beautiful sister is reunited with your loving parents, but the world has lost a beaming light. We send you our love and heartfelt condolences.

  • Helen & Michael Arnoldi

    David, Terrie, Alan and family, I am heartbroken over the loss of sweet Lori. She was a shining star that lit up a room with her smile, personality and the love she showed to so many that adored her. May all your wonderful memories bring you comfort. Her name will be a blessing always.

  • Marguerite, Ronnie, Jay, and Victoria Merlin

    We and everyone who got the amazing opportunity to know Lori loved and respected her. I know those that did would ALL agree we are better people for her coming into our lives!! We send our heartfelt condolences to David….our cousin and friend. and to the entire Bryan and Berger families. Jay, Marguerite, Ronnie and Victoria Merlin

  • Marc Wollam

    I’m really sorry for your loss. But keep all the memories that you had over the years. If anything, you guys need, let me know.

  • Pat Levy

    To the Bryan family. We were so sorry to hear about Lori. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. She left you you too soon - may your happy memories sustain you. Pat and Jay Levy

  • Morgan Barnett

    Lori was truly the most kind and genuine person I have ever met. I had the pleasure of working with Lori while I was with Briggs and she was at CHOA. She lit up a room without ever even noticing how her presence just truly made things better. She inspired others daily and always had such a positive outlook on life. She loved David and her family to no end. Right before my husband and I got married last year she told me the key to a good marriage is to always love one another, and put each other first. I will continue to live by her wise words. There are no words to fill the void of losing Lori for those that knew her, but there is a peace of knowing that she is reunited with her parents whom she adored. She will be missed beyond belief, but her life made a huge impact on so many. Sending all my love and condolences.

  • Susan J Berch

    I have known Lori since we were kids. We attended Hebrew Academy together. I knew her whole family. I attended Lori & David's wedding. They attended my Bat Mitzvah in 2022. I will miss Lori very much. She was a dear friend to me.

  • Randi Lovinger-Strumlauf and Ed Strumlauf

    Our hearts are heavy for the Bryan and Berger families. Lori was always smiling, always sweet. Please accept our sincere condolences.

  • Margie Eden

    Terrie and Alan so very sorry for your loss. My prayers and sincere condolences are with you and your family.

  • Carol Banks Fink

    My children, Dori Taratoot Kleber and Mark Taratoot, join me in expressing our profound sadness in learning of Lori's passing. Lori was a beautiful light. We knew her since the day she was born.

  • Linda miller

    No words can express the sorrow of losing Lori Joy.What a delightful lady that taught us all wonderful lessons in love and true beauty to living life her way.She will be greatly missed by all of us who knew her and loved get essencej

  • Mark Benator

    To my Good Friend, David, I’ve known Lori and Her Sister Lisa Close to 15 Years, I am sad to hear About Lori, Linda Danzig Called me Last Night and she told about it. God be with you and your Family, Take Care, My Friend, Mark Benator.

  • Jodi Loar

    To the Berger + Bryan families: Lori was a light. I loved working with her in Habima- she always had a smile on her face and just radiated joy. My deepest condolences to all who loved her- may her memory be a blessing.

  • Jeannine and Aaron Altmann

    David,Lisa,Eric,Terrie,Alan and families,so sorry for the loss of Lori! Thinking of all of you during this sad time.May memories carry you through this difficult time and may Lori’s name be for a blessing! With much love,Jeannine and Aaron.

  • Harriet Klug

    Thinking about the Bryan family, I am so sorry for your loss. May Lori’s memory be a blessing??

  • Meta Miller

    My condolences to the entire family

  • Amy kahn

    I'm very sorry. The family will be in my thoughts and prayers

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