Jerome Mendel
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MENDEL, Jerome Marvin "Jerry" Jerome Marvin (Jerry) Mendel, age 91, passed away August 10, 2020 at Northside Hospital after a courageous attempt to overcome acute promyelocytic leukemia. This illness was the first time he had ever spent a night in a hospital. Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Joanne, with whom he had a remarkable love affair for over 69 wonderful years. Also surviving are his four children and their spouses, Richard and Muriel Mendel, Howard Mendel, Karen and Michael Saul, and Larry and Caki Mendel as well as his brother Herb and Marsha Mendel and brother-in-law Marvin and Natalie Harris, many nieces, nephews, and cousins, all of whom were special to him. Poppy will be fondly remembered by his eleven grandchildren, Jarrod and Greer Mendel, Matt and Rebecca Mendel, Jennifer and Tripp Sheldon, Ryan and Dori Mendel, Erin and Andrew Coren, Julie and Craig Habif, Amy and Jason Mollengarden, Joseph and Heather Saul, Bradley Mendel, Stacey Mendel, Jason Mendel and fiancée Madison Connell, and ten great-grandchildren. Jerry was born on October 22, 1928 to Simon and Dorothy Mendel, of blessed memory, and raised on Springdale Road in the Druid Hills area. He graduated from Boys High School and the University of Georgia, where he was a proud member of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity. After graduation, he joined the management teams at H. Mendel and Co in the wholesale dry goods business and Majestic Manufacturing Company in the ladies' dress business. Later Jerry and his brother Don, of blessed memory, formed Mendel Distributing Company in the wholesale carpet business. After he and his brother sold that business, instead of being content to retire and travel, Jerry decided at age 56 to become licensed as a commercial real estate broker and thoroughly enjoyed a successful 35 year career primarily with AFCO Realty. Those were some of the happiest professional years of his life and he begrudgingly retired from the business just last year. Jerry was a lifelong member of Ahavath Achim Synagogue and also enjoyed a lengthy membership in Rotary. He proudly served during and after the Korean War as a 1st Lt in the Air Force Reserves. He always looked forward to his Wednesday night poker games with his buddies, but hated regularly winning their hard earned money. Always optimistic, every season was going to be THE championship one for his Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Braves, and a couple of times he was actually right. He will be remembered for his positive outlook, dry wit, love of family, enjoyment of good food, cooking with Joanne, and being admired for his gentlemanly approach to life. Arrangements by Dressler's Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Aug. 12, 2020.
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August 14, 2020
I had the wonderful pleasure of taking care of Mr. Mendel when he came to Northside. He was such a pleasant man and accommodating to my many questions about growing up in Atlanta and the things he got to witness. Our entire unit of 3 East Inpatient Oncology Nurses feel in love with him, his love for his wife and family. I will never forget our last conversation as he switched units, he thanked me for taking care of him and thought I was a good nurse. I and the other nurses were sadden to hear of his transitioning from this life. The family is in my prayers. Mrs. Mendel, when we talked about the longevity of your relationship and marriage, he told me it was not about the quantity but the quality and that he truly loved you! Prayers for you all!

Sandra Brown
Sandra A. Brown
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