Esther Zaibel Besser, 88, born in Poland and a longtime resident of Atlanta, died Sept. 2, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Besser. She is survived by her son, Michael Besser and daughter, Rena Besser Forg; son-in-law, Raymond Forg; and grandchild, Rachel Forg.
Esther was a Holocaust survivor. After the war, she moved to Israel with her mother and one of her four brothers. While in New York, Jerry saw a picture of her and traveled to Israel to meet her. Her mother told Esther to marry him. She said, “he’s a good man.” After getting married in Israel, they moved to New York and eventually moved to Atlanta to be near family. They were married for almost 60 years before Jerry passed away in 2010.
When you think of Esther, Jewish homemaker best describes her. Her house was always immaculate, and it smelled of traditional Jewish foods. When family members or friends were ill, she brought them food, love and friendship. She believed food fed the soul and the heart. Graveside services were held at Crest Lawn Memorial Park on Sept. 6. Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.