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Michael Frederick Bressler
Michoel ben Leib v Selma

Sunday, July 2, 2017 (before sunset)

8 Tammuz, 5777

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

10:00 AM


Arlington Memorial Park, Atlanta GA

The family will receive guests at the home of Peggy Freedman and Michael Bressler immediately following the service until 7:30 pm; minyan at 5:30 pm. On Wednesday and Thursday, the family will begin receiving guests at 6:00 pm with a minyan service at 7:30 pm.
1232 Woodlawn Drive Marietta, GA 30068

Please contact Dresslers at 770-451-4999 to send a message to the family.

  • Congregation B'nai Torah 700 Mount Vernon Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30328
  • Pancreatic Cancer Action Network  

    Michael Frederick Bressler, 72, of Marietta, GA, passed away peacefully with a smile on his face on Sunday, July 2, 2017, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his loving wife Peggy and his two daughters, Debra and Melissa. Michael was a kind, strong man who always put family first. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, who never knew a stranger and was always devoted to his children and grandchildren who meant the world to him. He was an avid music lover – show tunes, opera, country, you name it! – and a passionate traveler who was always up for an adventure. After marrying the love of his life Peggy Freedman in 1988, they traveled far and wide, visiting everywhere from Hawaii, South Africa, Italy, London, Paris, the Caribbean and more. Yet, to Michael, it never mattered where they were on the map, as long as they were together. Michael also enjoyed an active life, playing tennis and skiing in his younger years. He was a dedicated fan of the Atlanta Hawks, attending games often. He especially loved cheering the team on with his grandson, Micah. Michael was a dedicated fan of his grandchildren as well, never wanting to miss a single soccer game, tennis match, or ballet recital – it was the highlight of his week. He also loved his dog, Sophie, who wouldn’t leave his side even until the end. Michael was also renowned for his fashion sense: he was able to match his ties and socks with any color shirt imaginable. Michael was born in Baltimore, MD. He later graduated with a degree in marketing from Hartwick and a Master’s in Business Administration from LHIU Post College in Brookville Long Island, New York. He began his career in marketing at McCann Erickson, moving to Atlanta to service the Coca Cola account. Michael then left the marketing industry to open Designer Wallcoverings with Linda Wand. He later started his own printing and graphic design company Affiliated Graphics, which he then sold to join Prographics. His colleagues, clients and employees alike admired and respected him – he was known for having a strong opinion and his own “Mikeisms” – and he will be dearly missed by all. Survivors include his wife, Peggy Freedman; daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Mark Brown, Dunwoody, GA; son and daughter-in-law, David and Monica Bressler, Orlando, FL; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Shaun Bank, Dunwoody, GA; sister, Arlene Bressler, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Charles Idelson, Fort Myers, FL; sister-in-law, Sandra Freedman, Atlanta, GA; sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Herb Schwartz, Roswell, GA; brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Robyn Freedman, Marietta, GA; grandchildren: Jared, Hannah, Micah, Alexis and Ryleigh Reese; cousin, Debbie Shuping and her husband, Andy; and many nieces and nephews. Sign on line guest book at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Congregation B’nai Torah or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network ( A graveside service will be held Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 10:00 am at Arlington Memorial Park. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta (770) 451-4999.

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    The Dressler Family
    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.
    Marci Ball and Stephen AltermanJul 14 2017 10:40 pm
    Dear Peggy, Michael will be fondly remembered by so many. Your entire family has lost a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and brother. Stephen joins me in sending our deepest sympathy and much love.
    Janice & Lee SmolenJul 11 2017 12:54 pm
    Peggy, just heard about your loss. We are so sorry. He was such a nice guy. Sending our love and prayers. Janice and Lee Smolen
    Marcia & Danny BoazJul 9 2017 04:10 pm
    Dear Peggy and Family. We just learned about Michael's passing and were devastated. Michael was such a smart, talented and caring person. He will be missed by so many people. It seams like yesterday when we shared the Mitzvah of first introducing you and Mike to each other which turned out to be a match made in heaven. We are so proud to have been the matchmaker to helping you and Mike have so many wonderful years together. May all the good memories you and your family shared be of comfort to you and be in your hearts forever. Our thoughts and prayers will always be with you.
    Judy TaitzJul 5 2017 12:08 pm
    I was so sorry to hear of Michael's passing. So many memories are flashing before me. We shared a lot of great times when our kids were small. I am so glad you found so much happiness with Peggy and family. You were a fun, caring guy and I know you will be missed.
    Cathy and Rick SwerdlinJul 5 2017 11:23 am
    Peggy and Melissa and Family, We have just learned of Michaels passing and we wanted to let you know we are so sorry for your loss. He was a kind and gentle man!
    Donna FleishmanJul 5 2017 03:05 am
    Dear Peggy, Melissa and family, Mark and I are saddened by the loss of your dear Michael. I had the pleasure of calling him my friend for more than forty years. He always had a smile on his face and something to say that would put a smile on mine. Iam so glad we were able to spend some time catching up recently. As usual, his outlook was so positive. Our thought and prayers are with you all. May his memory remain for a blessing.
    Saba SilvermanJul 5 2017 12:13 am
    Dearest Peggy and family...Victor and I are so so sorry for the loss of Michael .. We have lost a kind person... May his memory be a blessing. We are out of town until the middle of July or we would have been with you. Love Saba
    Saba SilvermanJul 5 2017 12:13 am
    Dearest Peggy and family...Victor and I are so so sorry for the loss of Michael .. We have lost a kind person... May his memory be a blessing. We are out of town until the middle of July or we would have been with you. Love Saba
    kenny kaufmanJul 3 2017 11:37 pm
    Dear Melissa, Sometimes, as you may know, my mind wonders. Please excuse and forgive that forgetfulness in leaving you out of the the first note that I wrote. Your Dad was a great guy with a sweet heart and he will always be in my thoughts. Hope to see you soon. Love Kenny
    Marsha RaxterJul 3 2017 06:17 pm
    Dear Peggy and Melissa, so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May him memory bring you much comfort. Love, Marsha
    Trey Hardin- Atlanta HawksJul 3 2017 02:56 pm
    Peggy, Melissa, and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Seeing Michael at the arena was always so enjoyable and brought a smile to my face every time. He was genuine, passionate, and caring each and every conversation and truly cared about me as a person. I will always remember those conversations and how hard he fought through his sickness. Your family is very precious to me and my family as well as the Atlanta Hawks organization. Thoughts and prayers with each of you. Best, Trey Hardin
    Ann LevinJul 3 2017 02:05 pm
    Debra and family, We are so sorry for the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Ann & Michael levin
    Karen and Eli WiseJul 3 2017 01:35 pm
    Peggy, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts, love and prayers are with you and your family.
    Dena HammondJul 3 2017 08:57 am
    Dear Peggy, Debra, David, and Melissa, We are so very saddened to hear of Mike's death. He fought a courageous battle with you always by his side. Please accept our deepest condolences. Sincerely, Dena and George
    Martha Jo KatzJul 2 2017 11:02 pm
    Dear Peggy and Melissa and family, I am thinking of you all at this difficult time. Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of Michael. May all the good memories be of comfort to you and be in your hearts forever.
    Eileen & MiltonJul 2 2017 08:35 pm
    Peggy, Melissa, and Family, We are so sorry to learn about the passing of Michael. It's so hard to believe. Hoping your memories will bring comfort. May his name be for a blessing.
    Nancy SobinJul 2 2017 08:04 pm
    So sorry that Michael is gone. He was such a strong and fun personal who always loved to make a joke. He fought hard and lived a good life. I will miss him. Sending my love to Peggy, Deborah David and Melissa. He was a loving husband and father. Nancy Sobin
    Phyllis and Roy SiegelJul 2 2017 07:57 pm
    Just heard of Michael's passing. Very sorry to hear of your loss. He will be missed by all. Our thoughts are with David and Debra. Phyllis & Roy Siegel
    Linda and Bill FrankJul 2 2017 07:09 pm
    Dear Peggy, Melissa, and family... We were so sad to hear about Michael. We have such fond memories of spending time with you when our girls were little. He was always so sweet and funny....just a wonderful guy. We are sending prayers for comfort and strength. And we hope that your beautiful memories can help lift you up. Love, Linda and Bill Frank
    Sandra and Kenny KafmanJul 2 2017 05:56 pm
    Dear Peggy, Debra and David. So sorry about your loss. Michael will be remembered as a great guy with a sweet disposition and contagious laugh. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you Love Sandra and Kenny
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