Karl B. Rieger

Karl B. Rieger of Dunwoody, GA, affectionately known as “The Chairman of the Board” after THE Frank Sinatra, passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2022, with family and friends by his side playing and singing My Way.

He was born on October 31, 1961, in Freeport, IL to JoAnn (Eberle) and Thomas Benedict Rieger. Karl was the youngest son and the fourth of five children. The family moved to Barrington, IL in 1965 where Karl spent his formative years honing his charm and developing his magnanimous personality; his blue eyes and dimpled smile were his trademarks! The Rieger’s moved to the Atlanta area in 1976 where Karl lived until the final curtain. He graduated from St. Pius X High School and went on to attend the University of Georgia. He was a proud member of the Chi Psi fraternity. His favorite colors, in apparel and décor have been black and red ever since. Glory Glory to Ole Georgia!

Karl was charismatic and handsome. That charm, his immaculate appearance, sense of style and his personality served him well in business as an entrepreneur/salesperson. He never met a stranger who didn’t become a friend.

Karl is survived by his loving wife, Christine Moreira Rieger and their daughter, Sydney; his sons, Ben (Tess); Walker (Erika); their mother, Nancy Rieger Barnes; his grandchildren Jude, Vincent and Marlee; his siblings, Holly Curley (Jim Host), Tamia, Tom (the late Anita), and Siobhan Finnegan (John) plus nieces and nephews who will remember his dance moves in front of car headlights to Midnight Train to Georgia and his late night breakfast omelets. He is also survived by Jan and Carlos Moreira and Pat Payne.

He was preceded in death by his parents, JoAnn and Thomas Rieger.

Karl’s Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, September 9, 2022, at 10 AM at Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, Sandy Springs, GA. Reception following after the service. He lived a life that was full and in the end, Karl did it his way.

In lieu of flowers, please refer to the GoFundMe page set up to help Karl Rieger’s family at https://gofund.me/07a47c46 or Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic School Guardian Angel Fund.

The family of Karl wishes to express their thanks for the many prayers and kindnesses of so many, especially to Heritage Hospice, Dawn and Kevin Moran, Bob Curley, and Doctor David and Nancy Lloyd.


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  1. Christine Rieger July 28, 2022 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    I love you my sweet husband. I missed you terribly. ❤️❤️❤️

  2. Rosemary Candler July 29, 2022 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Rest in peace, Karl… a life cut short… my condolences to his family.

  3. Jeff McKee July 29, 2022 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    I’m so sorry to learn of Karl’s passing. So many fun memories from my years in Atlanta. The life of every occasion – Karl always made everyone feel special. He will be missed. My deepest sympathies to his family.

  4. Dave Nelson July 29, 2022 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Echoing Jeff McKee’s note…Karl was a great friend for many years and the “life of the party”. Wishing peace for all his family during this difficult time.

  5. Jeremy Parker July 30, 2022 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Rest easy my friend.

  6. Amy & Joe Cruz July 30, 2022 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Somehow, when you were in the company of Karl all was well with the world. This is the magic that his personage brought to life. One could not help feeling happy in his presence. Amelia and I will miss him deeply.

  7. Pete and Ann Roberts July 31, 2022 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    We were heartbroken to hear of Karl’s passing. We have a lot of wonderful memories of Karl but one of our very favorites was when we road tripped to Ole Miss to see our son play football for the Rebs. Carl asked if he could tag along and, of course, who wouldn’t want Karl along! We were tailgating in the famous Grove and Karl disappeared (not surprising)…when he wandered back to our party, we asked where he had been, he replied, “oh, just looking for Deviled eggs😂”. He was a character and that’s why we loved him!
    From your Gator friends, Pete and Ann Roberts
    PS So thankful he got to see HIS Dawgs win a National Championship!

  8. Lynn and Rod Allmond August 1, 2022 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Karl was such a special person and we feel so lucky to have known him for so many years. He will be terribly missed.

  9. Traci August 1, 2022 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Oh the times we had. Oh the times I will remember. You are at peace now Karl.

  10. Jackie Hornsby August 1, 2022 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    My heart reaches out to Karls family with deepest sympathy for their loss. He was certainly one of a kind – which is a good thing. Although our paths crossed years ago, I will never forget hie fun loving nature – and his absolute love for Georgia football. I am sure he has found some hedges to rest in peace between.

  11. Al Tiano August 2, 2022 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Karl and I lived in the same neighborhood in Alpharetta in the 90’s. We were introduced by a mutual friend. Karl and I became fast friends and spent many weekends and holidays enjoying life and a few adult beverages. We had many laughs together. One prank I remember was that Karl was a avid Republican. So one election year, I took every democratic candidate sign in the area and placed them in his yard late one night. Two weeks later while I was on vacation, I returned home to an 8×10 foot FOR SALE sign in my yard! Such great memories! Rest In Peace KFR!

  12. Martha Smith August 3, 2022 at 11:09 am - Reply

    I’m sorry to hear of Karl’s passing. Barrett & I were
    next door neighbors to Karl for many years, until
    Barrett’s death.
    My sympathies to his beautiful children who would
    slide down our “hill” after any little snow.
    Karl was so handsome & friendly & loved life.

  13. David Bertrand August 7, 2022 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Karl, you were one of kind. You always put a smile on my face. I am going to miss you my friend. RIP

  14. Jack Russell August 7, 2022 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    This is so sad! Karl was a great guy and friend. My prayers are with his family and loved ones.
    RIP Karl, you are missed.

  15. John cadman August 7, 2022 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    A great friend for years loved the guy he is in a great place but left to soon . See you on the side with a Manhattan,

  16. Sylvia August 16, 2022 at 11:33 am - Reply

    May you rest in Karl. You are very loved and missed.,

  17. DENNIS PRICE August 26, 2022 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Great guy taught this redneck how tie a tie lol we often met on Saturday morning at Rafters Bar and grill and played on the jukebox Neon Moon and would sing out
    Loud no alcohol involved lol great friend great neighbor and one will get to sing that song again Love Ya

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