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PICHULIK, Louis Louis Pichulik died suddenly at home on April 16, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Jo Pichulik; daughters, Elissa (Greg) and Suzanne (Seth); son, David; sister, Jeannette (Michael); and four grandchildren: Sam, Henry, Sela and Solomon. Louis was born on November 16th, 1945 to Holocaust Survivors, Sara and Rubin Pichulik, in Anapa Russia, a port city on the Black Sea. Shortly thereafter, he moved to several displaced person's camp in Germany. In 1951, he, his parents and sister, Jeannette, immigrated to Atlanta through the port of New Orleans. He grew up in Morningside, surrounded by a strong Jewish community that was his family. During this time, his parents owned a grocery store in the Kirkwood area. He spent many long days helping his parents at their store. After graduating from Grady High School, he went to Tulane University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in Art History in 1968. This time was an influential time for Louis. He fell in love with architecture, food and culture. He proceeded to foster these loves in his long Atlanta real estate career. Upon moving back to Atlanta, he earned his real estate license and began brokering land deals. After a real estate crash in the '70s, he began investing in apartment complexes. Eventually he transitioned into commercial real estate, which was his true passion. He rehabilitated historic spaces that reminded him of his Tulane days. He loved creating restaurants in these spaces. Louis was a creative visionary that found great joy in every tenant's success. In 1971, he met a hard-working nurse from small town Dewy Rose, GA named Mary Jo David. Although from different worlds, they fell in love and married in July 1976. Louis loved his "Jo-Jo" with complete adoration. He had his first child, Elissa, in 1978. Suzanne followed in 1982. After losing baby Margo in 1988, David was born in 1990. Louis could not believe he had a boy! He was a devoted father and endlessly proud of his children and grandchildren. A doting husband, successful businessman, loving father and loyal friend, he will forever be in our hearts. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Arlington Memorial Park, with Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum, www.thebreman.org; or Ahavath Achim Synagogue, www.aasynogogue.org. Sign online guestbook at www.edressler.com. Arrangements by Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Apr. 18, 2017.
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August 1, 2017
I want to extend my belated yet heartfelt condolences to the entire family. I have so many memories of growing up along- side your family. I always felt like your home was a second home to me as a little girl. I am sad that we have not seen each other in so long and that I did not get a chance to see Louis or ever tell him how much I think of you all when I watch my girls play/fight/drive each other crazy/tickle/make chocolate chip pancakes, collect hydrangeas in our yard/you name it. I will hope to see you all soon. I think of you all so, so often. I waited deliberately to get in touch and then it became too long a time and I regret that sincerely. Sending you all my thoughts and prayers.
Jennifer Kahan
May 10, 2017
I have many wonderful memories of Louis and the Pichulik family. One of my favorites is of him walking one of the dogs in the mornings with a cup of coffee in his hand. We are thinking of all the Pichuliks - especially Jo - as you mourn his loss. Our love to you.
Abby Friedman
April 25, 2017
Such a sweet, funny, gentle, generous man, devoted to his family, with an old-fashioned sense of decency and goodness. I'm so sorry.
Melissa Fay Greene
April 21, 2017
Meine tiefste Anteilnahme zur Familie.
- Galina Lessel, Moskau
April 21, 2017
I was saddened to hear of Louis's passing. I am a relative from ny who met Louis through Roderick Hinkel. We were doing joint research about his family and wanted to express sympathy to his wife and family.


Alan thierman
April 20, 2017
My deepest condolences to the family. I so greatly enjoyed working with Louis and later with him and daughters Suzanne and Elissa. I enjoyed Louis' humor and the times we shared discussions about our families, children and grandchildren.
David Sonenberg
April 19, 2017
Louis was a fine gentleman and character within our Decatur community and the restaurant community at large. Of course Real Estate was his stock and trade. But Louis went beyond the lease, beyond the four walls. He genuinely cared about quality business owners, unique businesses to occupy his spaces and he relished in interesting and unique restaurant and retail establishments. My talks with Louis were always positive, thought provoking and highly interesting. I will miss his caring presence as a property owner and appreciator of fine retail and restaurant experiences. He will be missed. May your caring spirit live on in your properties and your family Louis. God Bless.
Michael Gallagher
April 19, 2017
Mike and Cathi Graham
April 18, 2017
My deepest condolences to the family. Louis was simply an amazing person from head to toe. I have not ever met a person so genuine, sincere and dedicated to his work. He talked so much about his wife and children, he loved you guys dearly. I only knew him for a short time, but he looked out for us as he did all of his tenants. Fly with the angels, my friend.
Nycole Sanders- Francisco
April 18, 2017
Louis was such a great friend and supporter of the City of Decatur. He believed in our vision and did so much as a property owner and landlord to bring back the beauty of the historic buildings around the square and find just the right tenant. Our community will miss him.
Lyn Menne
April 18, 2017
Mary Jo, I am so sorry to hear about Louis's death. Please know that I am thinking about you and your family and hope that you will be at peace.

Lila Teasley Porterfield
April 18, 2017
I am sad that I never had the privilege of meeting Louis. My husband, Marshall, thought the world of him and so enjoyed his company when he was in Charleston. He was a fine gentleman and I know he will be so incredibly missed. Cherish the memories you have and may you find comfort in those memories.
Marshall & Jeannie Sweatman
April 18, 2017
I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your love one Louis.May you find peace and comfort in the God of all comfort.
Charles A.
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