Shirley Dunn Reisman, 91, died Sept 12. She was a force upon this world like few have known. Born Aug. 23, 1929, Shirley was raised in the small Southern town of Dublin, Ga., with the smallest of Jewish communities. She grew up to be a strong woman, graduating from University of Georgia, where she met her husband Donald Reisman of Atlanta. They met at the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority party with Alpha Epsilon Pi from Emory University, and he was immediately attracted to her energy, intelligence and beauty. They were married 69 years this past August.
No one was ever a stranger to Shirley; if she knew you she probably loved you. She spent her younger years playing ALTA tennis, participating in the Ahavath Achim Sisterhood and raising a family of three boys and a girl. Recently, she spent her social time playing mahjong and bridge, and going to lunches and her weekly cocktail parties.
Shirley’s family was at the top of her list. She effortlessly cooked her famous Passover matzah balls, chicken soup and homemade horseradish, which was strong enough to clear a stuffy nose any time of year.
She was the matriarch of the rowdy Reisman brood of four children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, along with seven spouses and a multitude of nieces and nephews. Time with her family were her most precious moments. She leaves behind a lasting legacy of 35 years of Thanksgiving and Jewish holiday traditions to be carried on for generations.
Shirley is survived by her husband Donald Reisman; children Lisa, Howard (Linda), Gerald (Lisa) and Bruce (Vickie); grandchildren Jared (Tristyn), Brandon, Brooke (Gavin), Nicole (Ben), Julia (Danny), Ethan, Jacob and Zachary; great grandchildren Jace, Reese, Leo and Max; and nieces Judy Landey and Charlotte Kaminsky, who were like daughters to her.
Please make donations to the Ahavath Achim Synagogue and Jewish Family & Career Services. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.