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April 06, 2014
Judge Shoenthal wa a very great man. He was my attorney 23yrs ago and meet him again in juvenile court with my son 8yrs ago. It was alway a pleasure seeing this him. I feel a little more safe with him whom I consider an God sent angle.?
April 05, 2014
Judge Shoenthal was such an honorable man. My deepest sympathy and prayers go to his family and this community.
December 22, 2013
My son and I was having bad problems he is 14. When the police picked him up and took him to Dekalb we got Judge Shoenthal. He was very kind but firm about my son doing well and becoming a better person to me and at school. He wanted him to be better to himself..not to be short changed in life. It breaks my heart to know such a good man is gone. I was standing outside of his courtroom with my son there was mother who was sure her child would not be coming out with her. She was preparing her son for the worst..but they came out together she yelled to me he gave him another chance. He never wanted the kids to go to YDC....he say you dont belong there. I was so happy to be going back with such good news about my son....he stopped skipping school.....leaving the house w/o permission...fighting..smoking weed OMG. I knew he would be so proud to see the change in him. I just found out when they told us we would be going to another Judge it broke my heart that someone so wonderful is gone. We will all miss him greatly. Mrs. Shoenthal to you and your daughters I am so sorry for your loss..and to the whole community of Dekalb Cty.
December 20, 2013
Dear Fran, Rachel and Rebecca,
I am so blessed to have met you all and to have been Elliott's secretary in Juvenile Court. He never entered the office without a smile on his face. He never stopped helping people. Often times he'd receive calls from previous clients asking for help (not knowing he was a Judge now) and he'd take the time to speak to the ones who were worthy of his personal response or he'd take time to jot down a referral, write an answer to their questions, and have me return the call. Of course, they wanted to hear his gentle voice, but I did the best I could to assure them that he asked me to call for him. When my brother and his fiancée wanted to get married, he was kind enough to perform the ceremony, with Deputy Thomas, Paul, and me as witnesses. When he was sworn in as Juvenile Court Judge, I remember you pulling me to the side and saying, "Elliott is the same and he will not change". You were absolutely correct. He smiled every day and treated everyone with respect. If I had not already retired in June of this year, I am certain I would now. You will be in our prayers. We will cherish the memories forever.
December 15, 2013
Just learned of Elliot's death. You are in our prayers. He was such a kind, compassionate person. May you take comfort in knowing how much he was respected and loved.
December 15, 2013
I interned with Elliott in the Dekalb Solicitor's Office. He gave me my first jury win, taught me care and compassion and to always take the high road. I pass his lessons forward so his spirit lives on. Heartfelt sympathies to Fran and family.
December 11, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
December 08, 2013
A remarkable judge but even more remarkable father and husband.

Bubba Head
December 07, 2013
I remember monitoring Judge Shoenthal courtroom from the juvenile control-room and he always was very respectful person and judge. My condolences to his family. He will be missed.
December 07, 2013
I count myself blessed to have known Elliott. He will be missed by all, especially his wife, Fran, and his loving daughters.
December 07, 2013
Elliott will surely be missed. I used to work out with him at Crossfit Decatur. He was always so sweet and had a zest for life. My prayers go out to his family. May you find strength during this time.
December 07, 2013
So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all at this time.
December 06, 2013
So sorry to hear of Elliott's passing. He was a great mentor to me when I clerked for him and Brian. The legal community has truly lost one of its great ones. My condolences to his family.
December 06, 2013
He will be missed.
December 06, 2013
I remember the judge being a kind and wonderful man.My son got in trouble and he listened to him. I was embrassed because I worked for dyfs. He told me don't worry it could be worse. I will miss him and I am so sorry for your loss
December 06, 2013
Fran,
As you know, I have always had the greatest respect for you and Judge Shoenthal. He was a great man, who will be missed by many. I hope you find comfort in knowing how much he contributed to the betterment of humankind.
December 06, 2013
Dear Fran, Rebecca and Rachel,
We are sad to hear of the loss of your husband and father. Elliott was truly a gentle and kind-hearted man. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers,
James, Teri and Sydney Proctor
December 06, 2013
Fran,
It is with a heavy heart that I write this message. I had the pleasure of working with Judge Shoenthal back at the turn of last decade when he replaced one of the judges at Doraville Municipal Court and I had just obtained my Interpreter's license. We would cross paths once again when I began working at DeKalb Juvenile Court. As often as I was in his courtroom, I thought he might get a little tired of seeing my face all the time. Not at all, actually. 'Hello Mr. Zapata', he would say. Always had a smile. Always took his time with each case, making sure everybody understood what was going on. He never waivered. He never seemed tired of his job, no matter what. I'll never forget him. May God bless the Shoenthal family.
December 06, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
December 06, 2013
I am so sad to hear the news about your father. I know how important your family unit is to all of you. Please know that my thoughts and prayers go out to you. If you need anything please don't hesitate to call.
December 06, 2013
Rebecca,
I am so sad to hear the news. I have missed you this year. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If you need anything please feel free to call. I am only a text away. Sturken
December 06, 2013
You were a great Judge. Thank you for all that you did for me. Detective Powell/ Dekalb School Pd.
December 06, 2013
My condolences to the family on the loss of a great and gentle man.
December 06, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the Shoenthal Family. I have known Judge Shoenthal for many years and can say that he was one of the kindest men that I have known. He will certainly be missed by all.
December 05, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Shoenthal family for strength in this sad time. Judge Shoenthal was one of the first people I met in court as a new attorney in 1998. I will always remember him as the Judge with a smile and a kind word of encouragement. I am thankful to have known him. May he rest in peace.
December 05, 2013
His warm inviting smile and joyful attitude will indeed be missed. Prayers of strength to the family.
December 05, 2013
It is with my deepest sympathy that I'm writing this message. Seems like I can still hear your friendly voice and us talking about the Carolina Tars heels basketball team. You are going to be truly missed my friend you really made an difference. You were always so pleasant to work with. I'm praying for your family.

GOD Bless

Jonathan DeKalb IT
December 05, 2013


My deepest sympathies to the family. I pray that you receive all the comfort you need through family and friends. May God give you strength.
December 05, 2013
Elliott was one of the good guys. I never saw him when he didn't have a smile and a kind word for those around him. He was a great lawyer, and loved his family very much. I am so sorry for your loss Fran. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughters.
December 05, 2013
I am heartbroken by this news. My thoughts and love are with you and your girls.
December 05, 2013
My heartfelt condolences go to Judge Shoenthal's family. I met him many years ago as a new assistant solicitor general. He was so kind and took the time to help new attorneys, clients and the judicial system as a whole. I am so glad to have known him.
December 05, 2013
A very nice person, a fair and firm judge. We will truly miss you.
December 05, 2013
I have never met a nicer person or gentler soul than Elliott. I am so sorry for your loss.
December 05, 2013
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
December 05, 2013
Heaven is a little brighter and earth is a little darker. May Fran and her family find comfort, peace and be showered with God's blessings.
December 05, 2013
Fran:
Elliott was always so pleasant and professional in and out of court. He certainly knew how to treat people and allowed them to have their day in court. I truly believe that everyone who left his courtroom,whether they were attorneys or parties, felt they had been treated with respect. The ability to accomplish that is a real gift. He will be missed as a judge, and I will miss him as a friend. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Bill Puckett
December 05, 2013
My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Shoenthal family...
December 05, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. He was truly a wonderful man. I enjoyed my time working with him. Remember the good times and cherish them.

Donna Bryant-Stockbridge, GA
December 05, 2013
Sending condolences to the family. Judge Shoenthal will be truly missed.
December 05, 2013
Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you're there.

It doesn't matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.
(Ray Bradbury)

Thank you for all you represented on a daily basis to the attorneys, parents and children.
December 04, 2013
Fran, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We saw Elliott recently at a police retiree function and enjoyed talking with him about old times and checking on you. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers and if we can do anything for you or your family please let us know. He was one of the last "good guys" and will be missed by many.
December 04, 2013
The child welfare system lost a great man. My deepest symapthies to the Shoenthal family. Peace be with you in this time or sorrow.
December 04, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the Shoenthal family. It was a pleasure working with Judge Shoenthal,his sweet spirit will forever live on.
December 04, 2013
To the family may God comfort you during this time of sorrow. Know that Judge Shoenthal left a great mark on this world. The families and children of Dekalb County could not have had a better person to influence their lives. As a former worker with Dekalb County DFCS I was happy when cases were assigned to him because I knew that he would be fair and just to our families and to the workers. He will truly be missed....
December 04, 2013
May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
December 04, 2013
My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Elloitt Shoenthal. By the comments in his obituary, he really cared about people and was a fair man, traits that are appreciated in any person of good character. May the God who made the heavens and the earth give you comfort at this time.
December 04, 2013
Words can not express the heartbreak that Ski & I both feel from this great loss. Elliott is one of the sweetest, nicest men we have ever met. He will always be in our heart as you and your beautiful daughters. I know you all were his world. Our family will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers to help you through this great loss. Ski & I both loved and respected Elliott and I will always cherish working with him and learning all he taught me while working in our office. He will be greatly missed but his spirit will live on with everyone he touched.
With much love and sympathy.
Ski, Mari and Hunter Sitner
December 04, 2013
Fran, so sorry to hear of Elliott's passing. I didn't know him well, but the few times we did speak, he seemed to be a genuine, friendly and kind person. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.
December 04, 2013
My thought are with his family at this time. I worked with him as a court reporter on many occasions, and he was always friendly to everyone and a fair judge. He will be missed.
December 04, 2013
It's really hard to lose a love one so dear...my heart goes out to his love ones and friends. I learned so much from the time I started working as an advocacy coordinator with CASA. I'm really going to miss seeing him on the bench. R.I.P.
December 04, 2013
Dear Shoenthal Family: My heart goes ou to youall. Judge Shoenthal was a kind, patient and caring man. He really listened in the courtroom and always had a good laugh outside of it. He was very approachable. He will be greatly missed. This was such a shock as I am sure you all feel the same way. He had a wonderful warm smile and demeanor. Take Care of yourselves and rejoice in his memories.
MRS. JIMMIE MILLER-DJJ
December 04, 2013
My dearest Fran, Rachel, and Rebecca:
You are constantly in my prayers and I know that God will hold you close. I will always cherish the memories of our early years trying to be 'prosecutors' and the enduring bonds and friendships that we formed. A light went out in the world when Elliott passed away but his legacy will shine bright for an eternity.
My love sympathy.
December 04, 2013
My sincerest condolences to the family. My heart goes out to you all. Elliott was a great boss. I am happy to have had the pleasure to have worked in the same office from 1993 until he became a full-time Judge. He was kind, sincere and just a good person. He will be greatly missed.
December 04, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
December 04, 2013
as a recently sworn in casa, i had the privilege of observing and speaking with judge shoenthal in his courtroom. knowing his amazing reputation, i was so looking forward to working with and learning from him. he has departed way too soon.
my sincere condolences to the shoenthal family.
December 04, 2013
It can be so hard to face the new year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
December 04, 2013
I will always remember Elliott for his compassion & fairness for others. Elliott was an extraordinary person. Elliott was always happy & smiling. He loved his wife & daughters dearly and loved to talk about them, there was always a beautiful smile on his face when speaking of his wife & daughters.
God bless the Shoenthal Family.
Our world has suffered a great loss.
Teresa Pruitt
December 04, 2013
With heartfelt condolences of hearing of the passing of Judge Elliott A. Shoenthal, my thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and loved ones.
December 04, 2013
To the Shoenthal family...may God comfort you and bring you peace during this time of bereavement.
December 04, 2013
RIP Judge. It was an honor to know you and work with you over the years. Our condolences to Fran and the girls. You will be truly missed.
December 04, 2013
I am truly saddened to learn of Judge Shoenthal's passing, having worked with him off and on in the court system since 1998. He was a great Judge and a really great guy. He will be missed by so many of his friends and coworkers. The world has lost one of it's shining stars. My heart goes out to his family during this tough time.
December 04, 2013
Judge Shoenthal was one in a million.he supported my program at Dekalb Juvenile Court 100%. He will be sorely missed. R.M. Turner, Georgia
December 04, 2013
My thoughts go out to the family for your lost. We had some nice times growing up in Greensboro. He will be missed.
December 04, 2013
Fran, Rachel, and Rebecca: So sorry for your loss. Elliott was such a good person, and contributed so much to the community. Our thoughts and prayers go to each of you. The Harmeier Family--Al, Gail, Emily, and Andrew
December 04, 2013
Judge Shoenthal was a fair and thoughtful man who always treated everyone in his court with respect. He will be missed.
December 04, 2013
My sincere condolences to the family.
December 04, 2013
My condolences to his family and close friends.
December 04, 2013
Your honor, it was a blessing bestowed upon us to have you serve the families of Dekalb County. You will forever be missed and appreciated for the humble yet diligent service which you carried out for our most vulnerable youth. May God bless your family in this time of grief. Love always from your DFCS Family.
December 03, 2013
Fran--

It has been many years since we connected. I am so very sorry for your loss. Twenty-eight years and two beautiful daughters went by too fast. Thinking of you and your girls.
December 03, 2013
Saw Elliott almost every Saturday at the J. New him well as a member of Temple Emanu-el's Brotherhood. He was the perfect gentleman. We will all miss him. Our best to his family.
December 03, 2013

I worked with Judge Shoenthal for many years and he was always a pleasant person to be around. He always took the time to talk with you on a personal level before business was conducted. Judge Shoenthal was a rare person who you addressed as Judge with respect because he earned it and it wasn't just a title for him. Rest in Peace Judge. My the lord be with Fran and the family.
December 03, 2013
I practiced as an assistant public defender in Judge Shoenthal's courtroom in the Juvenile Court from 2005-2009. My prayers go out to his family for the peace that only God can provide in a time such as this. I will always remember Judge Shoenthal as a compassionate Judge who carefully considered each case and each person before him. On and off the bench, he was truly a kind person, and he will be missed.
December 03, 2013
I...I myself am the One that is comforting you people." Isaiah 51:12
December 03, 2013
Rachel, I am so sorry for your loss! Brightest blessings to you and your family!
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