Eric Andrew Kissel

May 21, 1967July 15, 2012

Eric Andrew Kissel, 45, of Athens, GA passed away Sunday, July 15, 2012.

Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Mr. Kissel was the son of David Edwin Kissel and Mary Seneker Kissel and was preceded in death by grandparents, Henry M. Kissel and Cecilia Martin Kissel of Haubstadt, IN and Paul Seneker and Trula Pope Seneker of Bristol, TN.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include sisters, Laura Kissel of Columbia, SC and Anne Kissel Harper and her husband, Joe Dan Harper of Fredonia, NY; niece, Amelia Harper, and nephew, Elias Harper.

Eric was a charter member of Georgia Options, Inc. and lived in his own home with support since 1992. He was a leader in demonstrating that people with disabilities can lead typical lives as valued community members if they have the support they need. With assistance, Eric became an award-winning community volunteer. He volunteered weekly at the Food Bank of Northeast GA for over four years and was named a finalist for the TBS Pathfinder award in 2004 for his work there. He also delivered Meals on Wheels and volunteered at the Council on Aging and at the Athens-Clarke County Library. He was a recognized artist and the president of Splashes By Eric, an on-line greeting card and art print business.

Eric loved music, prayers, and being part of the Athens community. He loved choosing cards and gifts for his family and friends, and he gave the ultimate gift at the end of his life in becoming an organ donor.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Friday, July 20 at The University of Georgia Catholic Center, 1344 S. Lumpkin Street, with Fr. Thomas Vigliotta officiating. Private Interment will follow. The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 8:00 PM Thursday, July 19 at Bernstein Funeral Home.

Flowers are welcomed. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Georgia Options Foundation, 160 Ben Burton Rd, Bogart, GA 30622.

Online condolences may be offered at

Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


  • Funeral Service Friday, July 20, 2012
  • Visitation Thursday, July 19, 2012

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Sarah McKinney

August 2, 2012

From everyone at the Athens Community Council on Aging, we say "thank you" for Eric's compassion, his lifetime of giving and his hundreds of hours of volunteer service to our agency. We are all blessed to have known him. He will most certainly be missed. Love and blessings, the staff of ACCA

August 1, 2012

My condolance----Thanks so much for your effort---ga options----talked w you several years ago and contributed---related to my experience w quadriplegia---you guys did a tremendous thing--- to jump start a very important need---in memory of your son---Thanks..Charles Roland

Margaret Agner

July 30, 2012

Mary and David, I was gone during all this, but am so touched by reading Eric's biography. Such a life...a blessing to many. I'm so sorry for your loss. love, Margaret Agner, neighbor

Sharon, Adrienne and Scott O'Prey

July 26, 2012

Eric will be greatly missed. He was a trailblazer for so many.

Nancy William

July 24, 2012

Dr. Kissel, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Mickey and Nora Ransom

July 24, 2012

Dave and Mary,

Nora and I are very saddened to learn of the passing of your son, Eric. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Nathan Nelson

July 24, 2012

Dave, I am touched by the beautiful thoughts shared by others in the guest book and in the obituary. Although I did not know Eric, he was obviously a wonderful person who is loved and missed. Please accept my heartfelt condolences during this time of morning. May God comfort you your family and Eric during your separation.

July 24, 2012

Dave, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. May God be with him and your family in your time of sorrow.

Dave Mengel, Randolph Kansas

July 23, 2012

Dave and Mary
So sorry to hear of the loss of your son. Amy Becker sent us the obituary.

Armine and Marilyn Rotramel

Joe & Jeanie

July 22, 2012

Mary & family, our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.