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Brenna Segal
Batia Devorah bat Joseph v' Yehudah Leah

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 (before sunset)

16 Iyyar, 5776

Thursday, May 26, 2016

2:00 PM

Ahavath Achim (AA) Synagogue, Atlanta GA


Following the service Thursday at the home of Jill and Joseph Segal
5850 Heards Forest Dr. Sandy Springs, GA 30328

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  • Mostly Mutts 
  • Atlanta Humane Society 981 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

    Brenna Dawn Segal, age 43, of Sandy Springs, GA passed away unexpectedly on May 24th, 2016. Born at Northside Hospital, she was a fifth generation Atlantan. She was well loved and respected by many. She was active as a Jewish youth leader in BBYO and Camp Barney Medintz. She was a graduate of Riverwood High School, Class of 1991; Harvard University, Class of 1995; and earned her doctorate degree from the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2005. She was the proud owner of the Cat Clinic of Cobb where she dedicated her life to her practice daily. She was loved and respected by her patients and pet families; they will miss her greatly. She embraced life fully as an avid hiker and lover of the great outdoors. One of her favorite places to be was on the Appalachian Trail, especially Blood Mountain. She touched many around her. Brenna was incredibly philanthropic, volunteering for the Humane Society and acting as a board member for Mostly Mutts. Brenna was a loving and special daughter, sister, aunt, and friend who is survived by her parents, Jill and Joseph Segal; her brother and sister-in-law, William and Julie Segal; her nieces, Madelyn and Ava Segal; her nephew, Levi Segal; her uncle and aunt, Jeff and Giselle Toran; her aunt and uncle Wendy and Bruce Pearlman; and her fiancé, Pamela J. White, all of Atlanta. She was the widow of Joy Bruce, formerly of Atlanta. She was the proud parent of her pets: Nutter Butter, Oscar, Sanford, Moo Kitty, and Jolie. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Sign online guestbook at Public services for Brenna are 2:00 PM Thursday, May 26, 2016, at Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave., Atlanta, GA 30327; private interment to follow. Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal will be officiating the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mostly Mutts,, or the Atlanta Humane Society at Arrangements by Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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    The Dressler Family
    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.
    Elizabeth Potter ScullyAug 25 2016 01:04 am
    I was one of the leaders of Brenna's "FOP" First-Year Outdoor Program start-of-college backpacking trip. I remember her passion for the outdoors, her wit and her huge smile. She spoke so warmly of Georgia, her family and her summer camp experiences growing up. We were not recently in touch but I have thought of her often over the years. Please know she is remembered with love by many and she will never be forgotten. May her memory be a blessing.
    NatashaAug 24 2016 03:08 pm
    Dear Segal family, my heart goes out to you for the wrenching loss of your wonderful daughter. She & I were college buddies. I looked up to her greatly for her warmth, honesty, quiet confidence, and generosity of spirit. In fact, a few years back, when my wife and I were deciding what to name our soon-to-arrive baby girl... we went through literally every name in the book (of Hebrew names) without being able to agree on one... and then I remembered the long ago friend who lived Jewish values with downhome Southern hospitality. So we have a little Brenna. Your daughter was a true and good soul who did good for so many. I will always remember her.
    maria cooperAug 18 2016 03:55 pm
    We are so so sad to hear of Dr. Segal's passing... We knew and loved her as our beloved kitties' Vet. She is in Heaven now; we know this. May God give you strength and faith to deal with her loss. Sincerely, the Cooper Family and their one remaining feline son, Adventure.
    Denise LandwerlenJun 14 2016 01:34 pm
    My deepest condolences to your family and fiance on the loss of such a beautiful soul. I knew Dr Segal thru the cat clinic as she was my vet. She was such a sweet and caring person. Always had a smile on her face. Always. She was a kind soul, I will miss her greatly.
    Melisa (Misha) Cahnmann-TaylorJun 11 2016 06:20 am
    Dear Brenna's family, We met when Brenna celebrated graduation from Vet school. She and I co-hosted our first Passover on our own together here in Athens. She was such a beautiful person. I was in Mexico when news of her sudden passing occurred and when you sat Shiva. I am aching for you all and the loss of this precious life. If there's a time when you need additional support from someone at UGA, please let me know. I am so very very sorry.
    Forrest HobbsJun 10 2016 08:45 pm
    I remember senior year in High School. Brenna and I were in Mrs. Nipp's college english class. I remember Brenna taking me to the Dekalb College Library, on multiple occasions, so that I could do research for papers. I was always appreciative of that. Brenna was obviously very intelligent, but I remember her kindness and her calmness. I also played varsity tennis, and I remember how much Brenna liked tennis. She was a good player. Brenna was a quality person and I wish her soul peace and happiness. I am so very sorry for your unexpected loss. Forrest Hobbs
    Gail CohnJun 8 2016 03:25 pm
    My heart-felt sympathy for your tragic loss.Thinking of you--
    Jill MortonJun 6 2016 02:42 pm
    Andy and I were so sad to hear of Brenna's passing. We knew her as a very caring person and veterinarian. I pray her memory will help heal your family. Love Jill and Andy Morton
    Becky Goings MallardJun 4 2016 10:13 am
    So sorry to here the lost of you daughter. May God be with all your family at this difficult time.
    Beverly HueterJun 2 2016 04:17 pm
    I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Dr. Segal's sudden passing. I had just spoken to her the week before when she treated my cat while boarded at the Clinic. She cared for my cat since she took over the practice, and I always found her to be everything you would want in a vet: kind, knowledgeable, patient, experienced, and wise. She will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
    Joanne SullivanJun 2 2016 01:43 pm
    My husband and myself first met Dr. Segal when we brought in our cat who was paralyzed. Dr. Segal was most compassionate vet we have ever dealt with. We felt so fortunate to have her coaching our decisions. We offer our most sincere condolences other family and friends. We are genuinely glad to have had her as our vet.
    Joanne, John, and Our MitziJun 1 2016 09:18 pm
    This is incredibly sad news. Two years ago Dr. Segal saved the life of our cat Mitzi from bone cancer. We were fortunate to find her services after poor care elsewhere. Mitzi and her family are forever greatful. Dr. Segal was at the top of her field in her care and commitment. We extend our deep condolences to the family. She was a lovely person. May she rest in peace.
    Jan Harris RabinowitzJun 1 2016 05:38 pm
    Dear Cousins, I'm so very sorry to learn of Brenna's death. How tragic to lose someone so young. I hope her memory will be a blessing to all of the family. I am sorry that I only just discovered this or we would have been with you. Sending lots of love from all of us.
    Gabrielle SmithJun 1 2016 04:58 pm
    I am so sad to learn of Dr. Segal's passing. She was a tremendously kind and compassionate animal doctor, and helped my cat Gladys ease her way to the rainbow bridge at 22 years of age. I'll forever be grateful to Dr. Segal for the extra time she spent with me, and with Gladys and my other cat Sienna. She will always be remembered fondly. Her family and friends have my deepest and heartfelt sympathy at this time of such loss and sorrow. I hope we can all find a way to celebrate her life in appreciation. Thank you for giving her to us.
    Janet KeetonJun 1 2016 04:14 pm
    My cat, Olaf, was a patient of Dr. Segal. She was such a loving and caring vet! I could tell the first time I met her that she was very special and that she was the best vet for our family. I am sure that her family must be so proud of her. Olaf and I will deeply miss her wonderful care and advice.
    Linda PraterJun 1 2016 03:14 pm
    My cats and I will miss Dr. Segal very much. She always provided thorough, loving care for my cats. I am so sorry to hear of her passing.
    Sharon BrazealJun 1 2016 01:19 pm
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I just saw her a few weeks ago when she treated one of my cats and she was so excited about her upcoming wedding. May her memory live on in all of us whose lives she touched.
    Ann and David PattersonJun 1 2016 12:37 pm
    We are so very sorry to hear of Dr Segal's passing. She will be missed by all her clients and families.
    Jill WaltsJun 1 2016 10:25 am
    I am very sorry for your loss- I only met Dr. Segal in the clinic a couple of times when I took my babies in to see Dr. Nancy Stumpf. If she saw me in the waiting room, she would always stop what she was doing and come over and play with Beemer, Benzy and Amour. Praying you'll be comforted with precious memories and God's presence to care for you in your loss- She gave a lot of 4 legged friends comfort, compassion and love-
    Ivan SkottJun 1 2016 10:21 am
    Joe, I was so sorry to hear about this devastating loss. You and your family are in our thoughts. Ivan
    Marsha WooldridgeJun 1 2016 09:40 am
    This is so shocking and very very sad. Dr. Segal has been a huge support to my family of fur babies and I will miss her so much. I have been coming to the cat clinic for years with various cats and hope to continue to do so. Please keep us informed as to who will be taking over the practice. Thank you.
    Shannon RameyJun 1 2016 09:33 am
    Dr. Segal was one of the best vets I ever had for my kitties. She was dedicated, warm and kind. I will miss her TERRIBLY!! God bless you all.
    Brenda & Mark lichtenstein May 31 2016 09:39 pm
    Jill & Joe, Billy & Julie; We can not imagine the pain you are feeling; the loss of a child is incomprehensible. We had not seen Brenna for many years, but remember what a bright delightful child she was. May you find the strength and love with each other to carry on and know she's at peace. Our hearts and prayers are with you, Brenda & Mark
    Cathy Mendel ShavinMay 31 2016 08:26 pm
    Wendy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you find some comfort in your memories of Brenna and obviously what a wonderful person she was. Love, Cathy
    Anne DasherMay 31 2016 01:22 pm
    Jill and Joe, So very very sorry to hear this sad news. My prayers go out to you both, whom I remember with great fondness. God be with you. Anne Dasher (aka Joanna Dasher Brooks) '64
    Hope HughesMay 31 2016 10:39 am
    Dr. Segal was such a wonderful, caring woman and amazing vet. She was so sweet to me and my cats and she will be greatly missed. My sincerest condolences to the family.
    Andrea WadeMay 30 2016 10:10 pm
    I am so sorry for your loss of Brenna. We did not know each other, but the veterinary community is very small and we all try to take care of each other, even when we've never met. May you find peace and love in your memories of Brenna Sincerely, Andrea Wade, DVM
    Sandra Levy CaplanMay 30 2016 04:35 pm
    What a terrible loss for you and your family. Words cannot express the sadness and I'm so sorry.
    Connie Kirk JacobsMay 28 2016 09:10 pm
    Joe ad Jill, I was so sorry to hear about Brenna. Although I really didn't know her, I do know that she as my cousin. May G-d give you the strength to carry on. Losing a child is the greatest lose one can go through. G-d Speed.
    Gail CohnMay 27 2016 11:29 pm
    My deepest and heart-felt sympathy
    Stephanie SilversMay 27 2016 11:00 pm
    I want to express my sympathy for the loss of Brenna's earthly presence. I remember the first day of her introduction to the Cat Clinic of Cobb. She was delightful. She saved my Cleo. We will never understand why God calls us home, sooner or later, but, her mission was done. I guess God needed a Vet in Heaven. And, Heaven is wonderful, to be in God's Light. I hope that her babies left behind, will have great care. God bless her their loss...and reunited one day. Stephanie Silvers
    Alliso MorrisMay 27 2016 09:25 pm
    I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and sending my sincerest condolences.
    Sue SusmanMay 27 2016 07:16 pm
    Jill and Joe,My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
    Cathy Morris FitzGibbonMay 27 2016 06:37 pm
    To the Segal Family- I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all.
    Eva BlinderMay 27 2016 03:03 pm
    I knew Brenna during the time she spent in Asheville, and stayed in touch after her return to Atlanta. She was a warm, intelligent and caring person, and my heart goes out to all her family and friends. Her loss is truly a tragedy.
    Ginger StevensMay 27 2016 10:07 am
    I send my condolences to you. She was my vet and was wonderful with my furkids. So sorry.
    Nancy GhertnerMay 27 2016 09:29 am
    Dear Jill and Joe: Please accept my deepest sympathies.
    Catherine GrayMay 27 2016 08:59 am
    My deepest and sincere sympathy for your loss. She was a beautiful person inside and out. May she rest in peace. Sending prayers your way...............Love, Cathy
    Clarice &Chet Parver May 27 2016 02:50 am
    Dear Jill,Joe & family, Words cannot express the sadness that Chet & I feel for you all. Just know that we are thinking of you at this difficult time. While we did not know Brenna,it seems that she brought so much joy & love to so many. May she rest in peace.
    Vicki and Rael GrosswaldMay 26 2016 10:56 pm
    Dear Jill and Joe, we join your family and many friends in the sorrow of your deep loss. May the happy, sweet memories of Brenna help you to survive this terrible time in your lives. Love, Vicki and Rael
    Judy and Brandon BerkMay 26 2016 10:53 pm
    Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. She was a lovely person.
    Deanna ConnersMay 26 2016 10:52 pm
    My deepest condolences to your family. I met Brenna while attending graduate school at The University of Georgia. She was truly an all around wonderful person and will be dearly missed. I still have a green bicycle of hers that she sold to me at a yard sale. I will be sure to take it out on some nice long bike rides this summer in remembrance.
    Greg VasilMay 26 2016 09:01 pm
    I am so sorry for your loss. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Segal for coming to North Canton hours before an ice storm to help my Jake pass. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.
    Gilda SaulMay 26 2016 08:37 pm
    I was saddened to hear of the death of your daughter and sister, Brenna. Although I haven't seen her in many years I do remember her as a little girl. You must be very proud of her many accomplishments. Our family extends our sincere sympathy to all of you, Fondly, Gilda Saul and Family (South Florida)
    Charlotte MarksMay 26 2016 06:41 pm
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this most difficult time.
    Allison LevieMay 26 2016 06:37 pm
    In 1985 I was Brenna's counselor at Camp Barney Medintz and was thrilled to reconnect with her a few years ago. My sincerest condolences on the loss of such a beautiful person. May her memory be a blessing.
    Judy and Alan SchulmanMay 26 2016 05:15 pm
    Dear Jill and Joe, Our sincerest sympathy to you and your family at this most difficult time. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Judy and Alan
    Deb HaasMay 26 2016 05:05 pm
    May peace find you and yours and this most difficult time. Deb Haas
    Dr. Andrea L FochiosMay 26 2016 03:32 pm
    Sending our deepest sympathies to Brenna's family and friends. We knew her when she lived in Asheville, NC. Her loss will be felt immeasurably by us all...
    Nancy LevittMay 26 2016 02:21 pm
    Dear Jill and Joe, What a horrific tragedy to lose a child. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family. I am so very sorry. Nancy
    Rhona Caplan/Laguna Niguel, CAMay 26 2016 01:55 pm
    Dearest Jill, Joe. and Jeff. So sorry to hear the news about Jenna. May God grant you peace during a very difficult time in your lives. Sincerely, Rhona Caplan
    Dana StarrMay 26 2016 01:45 pm
    I am heartbroken. The last time I saw Brenna, she and Pam were happy and excited about their engagement. If there is any consolation, it was the happiest I have ever seen her. She was laughing, dancing and talked more than ever before. She will be missed.
    Sara GrosswaldMay 26 2016 12:30 pm
    Dear Jill and Joe Morton and I so very sorry for your loss of dear Brenna. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Sara
    Jan & Carole JacksonMay 26 2016 11:16 am
    Dear Jill & Joe, Carole &.I were saddened to hear of your loss. May you gain strength from your family and friends. Regards Carole & Jan
    Paula ChambersMay 26 2016 10:39 am
    To Pam, Brenna's family and loved ones: My heartfelt condolences for the loss of Brenna. She was loved by many. She will be missed. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Gail De LorenzoMay 26 2016 10:29 am
    As a client/patient of Dr. Segal, I just want the family to know how sad I was to learn this news. As wonderful as she was to her four-legged patients, she was also so warm and kind to her two-legged clients. She was smart, funny, and patient with all my questions and concerns, and truly took an interest in me, the client, when there were hard decisions to be made. I feel so incredibly lucky to have had her in my life, and I'll always remember her many kindnesses to me and my kitties.
    Terry FineMay 26 2016 10:06 am
    Joe and Jill, A loss of a child is our worst nightmare. May both of you have your lives filled with peace and love, forever. I cannot imagine your grief. Joe and I go back in time to Oakdale Road with Allie Funk (1948) Please come to Sarasota Florida anytime and stay out our home. The Golf course and beach awaits you. Terry
    Michele PfannenstielMay 26 2016 10:00 am
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Brenna and I were in OTS together at UGA. She was so much fun and it was so nice to have a fellow student who'd gone through the Boston college scene. May her memory be a blessing.
    Amy StapenMay 26 2016 09:59 am
    My sincere condolences to all
    Bernice IsaacMay 26 2016 09:53 am
    Jill and Joe, I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter, Brenna. Though I never got to know her, I know that she was a wonderful woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family. May her memory be for an eternal blessing.
    Carole Sue and Stephen LegumMay 26 2016 09:17 am
    Dear Jill and Joe, We were so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your daughter, Brenna. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Carole Sue and Stephen
    Carla SilverMay 26 2016 07:08 am
    Dear Jill and Joe, Our hearts and love are with you during this time of sorrow. We regret that we will be out of town for the funeral.Arthur joins me in sending our deepest sympathy to your family.
    Sandy and Chuck MarcusMay 26 2016 12:17 am
    Words cannot even begin to express how saddened we are by your loss. We hope that the wonderful memories you have of Brenna will help you during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Sandy and Chuck
    Susan and Richard OrensteinMay 25 2016 11:40 pm
    Dear Jill and Joe, Words cannot express our sorrow on the loss of your beloved Brenna. Her exceptional love and dedication to her family and the well being of animals will always be remembered by the many lives she touched. May her legacy always bring you comfort and pride in her many accomplishments and goodness. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your extended family. Love, Susan And Richard
    Carol and Warren FogelMay 25 2016 10:45 pm
    Warren and I were terribly saddened by the news of your loss. We hope you will remember all the lovely times together as a family. love Carol and Warren
    Joan BrownMay 25 2016 10:31 pm
    Don and I were saddened to hear if your great loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Joan Brown
    Adele WineburghMay 25 2016 10:07 pm
    Dear Jill, Joe, and Family, I am saddened to hear of the loss of your beautiful and loving daughter Brenna. No words can express my heartfelt sadness. Thinking of you during these difficult days. Adele Wineburgh
    Rabbi Mel GlazerMay 25 2016 10:01 pm
    Jill and Joe, I am so saddened by this awful news. May the memories of the good times you and Brenna shared, encircle you with love and allow you to move forward, loving her always and strengthening each other. HaMakom Yinachem, may God comfort you with peace. With blessings, Mel
    Ann and Max OlimMay 25 2016 10:00 pm
    We are so sorry for the loss of your most precious daughter. We send you our love and support to your entire family.
    Sandra and Kenny KaufmanMay 25 2016 09:50 pm
    Dear Jill , Joe, William and Julie, Words are hardly enough to let you know how sorry we are for your loss of Brenna. Although we did not Know Brenna well we know of her kindness and spirit and her love of animals and the outdoors. You are all in our hearts and prayers. Love Sandra and Kenny
    Jerry and Linda Marks ShapiroMay 25 2016 09:33 pm
    Jill and Joe, we hold you close to our hearts and send love and comfort to you. May Brenna's memory be a blessing. Jerry and Linda Marks Shapiro
    Lynda DANNEMAN RubensteinMay 25 2016 09:23 pm
    Dear Jill and Joe,So sorry for your loss May she RIP
    Marcelle & Allan OxmanMay 25 2016 09:19 pm
    Jill & Joe,we are saddened to hear about your loss. Our condolences to you and your family...
    Joel C. LobelMay 25 2016 08:39 pm
    Dear Jill, Joe, William & Julie, I am so sorry to hear of Brenna's death. She was such a wonderful person who dedicated her life to helping animals. When ever I saw Brenna, she always had a big smile on her face. She will truly be missed. May her soul rest in peace. Love Always, Joel
    Katie Cihen GronsbellMay 25 2016 08:32 pm
    Jill and Joe, So sorry to hear of Brenna's death! May her memory be a blessing for you both as you go through this difficult time. Love, Katie
    Mark and Kat GamisMay 25 2016 07:22 pm
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time.
    Sandra and Stephen RichMay 25 2016 07:15 pm
    Dear Jill and Joe We are saddened to hear of your loss. We send our love and support and sincerest condolences. Sandra and Stephen
    Judy AspesMay 25 2016 06:31 pm
    Jill and Joe, There are no words... Such an incomprehensible loss. Please accept my deepest condolences.
    Jay and Elise EmpelMay 25 2016 06:24 pm
    Jill and Joe We are shocked and saddened to hear of your loss.May you remember the good times that your family shared. She was extremely sensitive in her love for animals.May she rest in peace.
    Paul PosnerMay 25 2016 06:05 pm
    Jill And Joe, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Paul Posner Social Circle, Ga.
    Susan & Morris SocoloffMay 25 2016 05:50 pm
    Jill & Joe, Susan and I are sorry for your loss. Be strong and forever remember the good times. Our condolences are with you. Morris & Susan Socoloff
    Bette and Lew KurtzmanMay 25 2016 05:43 pm
    we are so sorry to hear of your loss our thoughts are with you at this sad time
    Michael J. cohenMay 25 2016 05:40 pm
    I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences.
    Susan Candell KaplanMay 25 2016 05:07 pm
    Dear Jill and Joe, I am so sad to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sylvia Caldwell RankinMay 25 2016 04:49 pm
    It is my hope that Brenna has found peace.
    Goldie & Lou Bertone May 25 2016 04:43 pm
    Dearest Jill and Joe, although we cannot begin to comprehend this loss, we want you to know how truly sorry we are. It is with a heart full of sympathy and love that we send you and your family an embrace. Goldie and Lou
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