Jerome “Jerry” Schlesinger, 91, passed away peacefully Sept. 5, surrounded by family. He was born in the Bronx at the height of the Depression and as a child he loved comic books, stick ball and Joe DiMaggio. Jerry had a lifelong love of baseball that never wavered.
He joined the Navy during the Korean War and though he never saw combat, he did get into a bar fight once in Memphis, Tenn. Shortly after the war, he married Arlene and moved to Atlanta to begin a career in jewelry that lasted for over 40 years. Jerry was a salesman by trade, but also was an accomplished artist. After retiring, he spent a few years in real estate and then worked at Nordstrom until he was 87 years young. He was a devoted husband, a wonderful father and a terrific sales guy. He had charm, grace and loads of style. Jerry was always quick with a smile, a joke or an interesting story to tell.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years Arlene; children Sue Ann, Kathy and Michael; son-in-law, Jim Bowhall; sister-in-law Rosalind Aussenberg; and nephew, Neil (Liz) Aussenberg.He is preceded in death by his parents Millie and George Schlesinger; brother-in-law Lou Aussenberg; and niece Elyse Aussenberg. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.