Bernice Dressler

Bernice Dressler


DRESSLER: Bernice Dressler, age 85, of Atlanta and formerly of Alpharetta, Ga., and Monroeville, died on May 22, 2018. Bernice was born in Pittsburgh to Joseph and Ida Sirota. She was a drum majorette at Allderdice High School and went on to earn degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. She met her husband of 51 years, Hans, on a blind date, thinking to herself “I’m going to marry that man” as Hans came up the walkway of her parents’ house for the first time. Bernice was a pioneer in the realm of career women, working as a speech-language pathologist on a multidisciplinary maxillofacial team at the Cleft Palate Center of the University of Pittsburgh. Bernice was a loving, creative and curious woman, who was an explorer at heart — explorer in all forms of art (particularly painting), explorer in reading and learning (often reading 4-5 books at once, while taking one or more classes), explorer in her many worldwide travels and explorer of cultures and food. More than anything else, Bernice loved spending time with family. People who met her always commented on her wonderful laugh and smile. Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Hans; her sister and brother-in-law, Anne and Bernard Berger; and, her grandson, Noah Westmoreland. She is survived by her son, Stu Dressler of Brookhaven, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Pam & Dave Westmoreland of Easton, Conn.; granddaughter, Dana Westmoreland of Chicago; brother-in-law, Ernest Seinfeld; nieces and nephews, Kate and Eric Schweitzer, Darcy Berger and Dr. Robert and Lisa Berger; and, many great nieces/nephews and extended family members. Funeral services will be held graveside at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018, at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs, Ga. Arrangements are by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care of Atlanta (no relationship to family), 770-451-4999. An online guest book can be signed at In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Noah Westmoreland Pulmonary & Cancer Fund, c/o Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation, 282 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106 ( or 860-837-5700).

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