Fran (Zwirn) Memberg

Fran (Zwirn) Memberg, age 69, of Brook-haven, Georgia, died Thurs-day, Jan. 21, 2016, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Fran fought a long battle with a rare inflammatory muscle disease.

Fran graduated from JP McCaskey High School in 1964, and earned a B.A. from Penn State University. She worked as a middle school English teacher in New Jersey, then for public relations firms in New York City and Atlanta, where she worked for the original Underground Atlanta. Fran was a stay-at-home mother to her three children while she did freelance writing for the Atlanta Jewish Times (where she was community editor), the Dunwoody Crier, and other newspapers and publications. Her articles and stories always focused on the achievements of people’s lives and careers.

Fran loved to cook. Each week she made challahs for Shabbos. Having guests to enjoy potato latkes and lunch for Chanukah was a yearly tradition, among many other Jewish traditions she cherished. Anyone who met or worked with her could only love her because she was so sweet, kind and considerate.

Fran was preceded in death by her parents, Milton M. and Anne M. Zwirn of Lancaster. Survivors include her loving husband of 40 years, Don Memberg; son and daughter-in-law Larry and Lorena Memberg of Silver Spring, Md.; son Matthew Memberg of Arlington, Va.; son and daughter-in-law Michael and Beryl Memberg of Atlanta; brother and sister-in-law Leslie and Enid Zwirn of Indianapolis; and two grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her honor may be made by mail to the Membergs synagogue, The Kehilla, 5075 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30342. A graveside service was held Sunday, Jan. 24, at Crest Lawn Memorial Park in Atlanta, with Rabbi Karmi David Ingber officiating.

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