OBITUARY

Mark Erich Biernath

June 25, 1968January 31, 2021
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Mark Erich Biernath (1968-2021) passed peacefully at home from pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife Delia (Deedee) Eubanks Biernath, his daughter Kelsey Elizabeth Biernath, his mother Hannelore B. Biernath, and his brother Rolf W. Biernath. He is also survived by his father- and mother-in-law, Ed and Suzanne Riedesel; sister-in-law Sara Biernath; nephews Ryan, Kent, and Troy; as well as his wife’s family, Phyllis; David and Amy and their children Madeline, Abby, John and Abay; Uncle David, and several cousins including Gray and Dorothy, and Will. He is also survived by dear friends Ray and Noreen, and Mark and Becky. He was preceded in death by his wife Krista R. Biernath and father Horst F. Biernath.

Mark was a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology (BSMgt 1989), Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM 1993), and Georgia State University College of Law (JD 2001). He was Student Body President at Dallas Theological Seminary. He was licensed and ordained as a Minister and served at First Baptist Church Atlanta, Georgia and First Baptist Church Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He joined Bimex, Inc, an industrial woodworking tooling business his mother and father had started. He travelled throughout Europe visiting suppliers and through the U.S. visiting customers. After his father became ill, he and his mother ran the business. While he was working, Mark went to law school in the evening. He was Associate Legislative Editor, GSU College of Law, Law Review, responsible for The Peach Sheets issue, which is the State of Georgia’s only published legislative history for bills passed by the Georgia legislature. He was also a member of the Law Review’s Honor Board. While in Law School Mark was a mediator for the Fulton County Magistrate and Small Claims Courts, handling several hundred disputes.

After graduating and being admitted to the Bar, he started his own practice. He loved the practice of law and the responsibility of standing in a courtroom, advocating for his clients. He frequently spoke at schools, churches, and community groups, educating parents of children with disabilities about the unique legal needs those families face and how to best meet those needs. When he merged his practice with Heather Durham Nadler, together they formed one of the largest law firms in Georgia solely focused on Special Needs and Elder Law. Nadler Biernath LLC continues to serve the needs of families while also training attorneys to be competent, compassionate, ethical, and moral advocates for their clients.

He loved to laugh; he was quick witted and known for his good-natured and often self-deprecating humor. He enjoyed traveling, cheering on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and thanks to his wife Deedee, the Georgia Bulldogs. To him, the most important thing was his family. He fiercely loved those close to him and was dedicated to them. He cared for his late wife as her health declined, he did all he could to give his daughter all of the love and support she deserved. There were some tough challenges that he knew would have been much more difficult without the love and support of his parents and his in-laws; he was extremely grateful for their gracious generosity of resources and time.

A private in-person family service will be held Saturday February 6th at 3:00 pm and a live-stream broadcast will be available to watch. In lieu of flowers, Mark asked to honor him by making contributions to FOCUS (Families of Children Under Stress) at www.focus-ga.org or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) at www.pancan.org.

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Danny Stoll

February 6, 2021

Thank you Mark for always being a steady and stable friend. I also appreciated your quiet manner, gentle spirit, and humility. You were a calm and thoughtful presence always ready with a wise word. I am glad that I was able to know you even for a relatively short while in this life. You will be missed. Peace and love.

This photo is the First Baptist Church College Department trip to the Bahamas in the 1980's. Mark is in the center of the group. A very fitting place for him.

Pam Hoppe

February 5, 2021

I already miss you my friend. Just the though that you are no longer here! I am so sad for Deedee and your family. I was blessed to not only meet you at the beginning of my venture into special needs planning but to also earn your respect for my work with your families. That has made my career as a special needs planner survive the test of time. Your caring and patience with families taught me a lot. Ive really missed working with you for the past few years. You were one of the kindest & most loving people I have ever met and had the honor of getting to know. May you rest in peace in God’s hands now! Say hi to my Rich!

Debbie Hurst

February 5, 2021

I first met Mark when he came to talk to a group of special needs parents about making sure things were in place for their child. We were one of the first people to have a special needs trust and I had found out that anything left in that trust should something happened to our daughter that it would go to the government because of wording. Mark knew right what to do to take care of this for us. He always made us feel so comfortable. Even though it was a business relationship, he made you feel like you've known him forever. I am so sorry for your loss.

Deloris and Otis Faust

February 4, 2021

We are truly sorry to hear about Mark passing, Some years ago he help us set up our will and a special need trust account for our disabled daughter. He was very kind and helpful. May he rest in Eternal peace 🙏🏽

Jane Henley

February 4, 2021

Mark was a godsend when setting up Special Needs Trusts for my brother as well as wills for my parents. He was truly an angel sent from above. You are in our prayers.

Laurie Linda Cody

February 4, 2021

As an old friend and bible study student years ago with mother in law Phyllis, I just want to extend a tribute to this lovely young man who came into DeeDee's life. There is no knowing why it wasn't longer, but there is the rub. And it's in faith that we walk on, realizing, even if there is no answer to this question, the family was blessed by Mark's being a part of their lives for the amount of time he had. God bless all the family. Grieve 'well'.

Pam HunterDempsey

February 4, 2021

Mark was such a compassionate professional, offering guidance to me regarding supports to plan for my family member’s future. A fine gentleman with a brilliant mind, he will be greatly missed.

Nancy Porter

February 4, 2021

Mark was helpful to my family and considering the needs of my autistic son I have been amazed by all the additional activities his life included as well as his busy law practice for special needs families rest well Mark you will be sorely missed

Dr. Melton Strozier

February 4, 2021

Mark was a godsend to our family. We needed to make long term arrangements for our adult autistic son. He listened patiently and compassionately and then designed a comprehensive program that ensures our sons care after our deaths. We are forever grateful to this kind soul. RIP.
Dr. Melton and Paula Strozier

Dennise Grayson

February 4, 2021

Mark was a good friend and helpful Mentor to special needs planning attorneys. He will be missed by so many. Rest In Peace, Mark.

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High School Graduation

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Bahamas trip with FBC Atlanta

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Fancy professional picture

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with Sophie

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Photo taken by Mark

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No hair, don't care! After chemo

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with Krista at a GT game

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Photo taken by Mark