Deceased Information


    Adrian Gendell Bonser

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    Greenwood Cemetery



    Adrian Gendell Bonser DDS, 60, died on Friday, July 20 of complications from metastatic breast
    cancer in her home in Dunwoody, Georgia. Adrian was well-known throughout Dunwoody as a
    leading citizen and early proponent of Dunwoody cityhood. She joined the Board of “Dunwoody
    Yes!” at its inception in March 2008 and helped to establish Dunwoody as an independent city
    by December 2008. Adrian became the first female City Council member and served on the
    Council from 2008 until 2014 even as she was battling the breast cancer that would take her life.
    After her illness prevented her from serving actively in the city government, Adrian
    supported development in Dunwoody through philanthropic gifts. Most recently, she was proud
    to dedicate a rose garden at the Dunwoody Farmhouse historical site.

    Adrian first discovered Dunwoody when she established her private dental practice
    there in 1992 to provide general and cosmetic dental services. After building a
    thriving practice, Adrian sold her business in 2001 then worked for DeKalb County Board of
    Health for five years as a consulting dentist.

    Adrian grew up in Wyoming, Ohio near the city of Cincinnati and attended Wyoming High
    School. She earned a BS in Nursing at Indiana University then practiced as a Registered Nurse
    for eight years specializing in critical care. She attended dental school at The Ohio State University earning her DDS degree in 1991, followed by a year-long residency in hospital dentistry at Emory University.

    She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Brian Bonser. She was proud stepmother to Neil
    Bonser of Atlanta, GA and Ian Bonser of Gainesville, GA. She was proud grandmother to
    Emma, Addison, Madison, and Maya. Adrian is also survived by her mother, Marion Gendell of
    Atlanta, and her siblings Carin Gendell of Great Falls, VA; Jeff Gendell of Greenwich, CT; David
    Gendell of Westport, CT, Marc Gendell of Atlanta, and Brad Gendell of New York City as well
    as 14 nieces and nephews. Adrian was pre-deceased by her sister Danna Gendell Korell.

    A private graveside burial ceremony will be held at Greenwood Cemetery, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, July 24. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to The American Cancer Society.


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  • Reba Herzfeld

    Brian and family, I’m so sorry to learn of Adrian’s death. She always had a smile and a hello when we passed each other in the neighborhood. Condolences to your family

  • Dan and Carole Lund

    We are so sorry to learn of Adrian's untimely loss and send our heartfelt condolences to Marion, Brian, Neil and Ian, and to all our dear Gendell cousins. Adrian was an inspiration to us all for her many accomplishments and especially for her devotion and bravery. We treasure her memory and will miss her with all of you. Love, Dan and Carole

  • Anthony and Rebecca Gody

    Rebecca and I pray that God comforts you and your family.

  • Gene Benator

    Dearest Marc: So sorry to hear of Adrian's passing. Patty joins me in sending our prayers and condolences to you and the extended family. May the memories Adrian's smile and laughter comfort you and your family at this very difficult time. Thinking of you. Gene

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