Sympathy – November 2013

Posted on: October 31st, 2013 by tgregory

.  .  . to the family of Barry Stephen Karp, who died on Oct. 1. He is survived by his son, Jeff Karp (Brenda) of Nashville, and grandchildren, Rachel and Adam. A memorial service was held in Shatham, MA. Donations can be made to the Rabbis’ Discretionary Fund at Congregation Micah.


. . . to the family of Sigmund “Sig” Litoff, 84 of Spartanburg, SC, who died Oct. 3 at home. Born in 1929 in Bronx, NY, he was the son of the late Irving and Ida Litoff. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, he serving as a chief petty officer from 1951 to 1954. Prior to enlisting in the Navy, he attended the University of Tennessee. He retired in 1991 from Horace Small Manufacturing Company in Nashville. Sig was a member of The Temple and Temple B’Nai Israel in Spartanburg. He was also a volunteer tutor with the Spartanburg County School system, a 30-year volunteer with Boy Scouts of America, life-member of Al Menah Shrine, 30-year member of the Shrine Band and former captain. Sig’s passion was entertaining and bringing joy to others. He was a playwright and performer, who frequented the stages in Spartanburg and Nashville. In Spartanburg, he appeared in many productions with the Repertory Co., Little Theater, and USC Upstate Shoestring Players. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Arts Partnership Award for Spartanburg Senior Standout. Surviving are his beloved wife of 58 years, Marilyn Weinberger Litoff; son, Gary Litoff (Peggy) of Spartanburg, SC; daughter, Marlene Chastain (Richard) of Atlanta, GA; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Lillian Shain and Miriam Levine. Funeral services for Sig were conducted Oct. 4 at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel in Spartanburg by Rabbi Yossi Liebowitz and his grandson, Rabbi Dov Chastain In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Temple B’Nai Israel’s Education Fund, or Hadassah (Temple B’Nai Israel, 146 Heywood Avenue, Spartanburg


 . . . to the family of Traude Helga Schneider McCaw, who died on Oct. 14. Born in 1941 in Halle an der Saale, Germany, she came to the United States in 1961, and later became a U.S. citizen. She was a member of the Junior League of Nashville and the University Club of Nashville. She was active in fundraising for the Junior League, the Advent Theater Guild (Nashville Performing Arts Center), the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Vanderbilt Hospital, the Oak Hill School and Battle Ground Academy. She worked from 1980-1994 as Manager of Human Resources and Associate Administrator for the Department of Pathology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In 1984, she married Michael James McCaw. She and her husband moved to Plano, Texas, in 1998. She was preceded in death by her parents, Adolf and Getraude Schneider of Reiskirchen, Germany.  Survived by husband, Michael James McCaw of Plano, Texas; daughters, Lea Chalfant Sullins (Dan) of Arlington, Texas and Anna-Gene Chalfant O’Neal (Scott) of Brentwood, TN; step children, Jason James McCaw of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Carrie Rae McCaw of Columbus, Ohio; sisters, Gudrun Schneider Belote (Emmett) of Nashville and Lea Schneider of Berlin, Germany; grandchildren, Dan Crawford Sullins, Jr. and Erich Neil Sullins of Arlington, Texas, Ayla Gabriella O’Neal and Cleveland Bates O’Neal of Brentwood; step grandchildren, Ethan James McCaw and Seth Alan McCaw of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Elmcroft of Arlington, TLC-Texas Living Care and All-Star Hospice. The family would also especially like to thank Jennifer Ashmore for all of her support, care and love. Memorial donations can be sent to VIP Recovery, LLC, Helga Schneider McCaw Family Memorial, P.O. Box 817, Prosper, TX 75078, or to Alive Hospice, Inc., 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, TN 37203.


. . . the family of Alan Bubis, 91, who died on Oct. 20. Mr. Bubis is preceded in death by his wife, Harriet Bubis. He is survived by his sons, Gilbert H. Burbis (Jennifer) of Atlanta, GA, Leonard H. Bubis (Alanna) of Dallas, TX; grandchildren, Michael, Shuana, and Hannah Bubis. Mr. Bubis Served in the U.S. Naval Reserve during WWII. A graveside service was held at The Temple Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nashville Humane Society, 213 Oceola Ave., Nashville 37209


. . . the family of Murray Cohen, 86, who died on Oct. 22. A native of Nashville, he was preceded in death by his parents, Hyman M. and Molly Rothman Cohen, and his sisters, Ruth Estelle Cohen and Celine Thomas. Murray graduated from West High, served in the Navy, and graduated from Tulane University. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner. Murray married the girl of his dreams, Isabelle Lewis (Cohen), 59 years ago. The happy couple opened Murray’s house of Fashion in 1960 and spent 36 years serving their customers. The business was truly a labor of love. Murray had many good friends and was able to enjoy their company, even in the late stages of his illness. The family extends a special thanks to Murray’s caregivers, Keith Dunlap and Barry Braden, who cared for him with such love that they too became family. Murray was devoted to his family and friends, as they were with him. He will be remembered for his kindness, strength and sense of fun. Murray will be missed by his wife, Isabelle; his daughters, Lauri Goldstein (David) and Jina Cohen (Sam); his sister, Sylvia Weinberger, and his grandchildren, Rachel and Max Goldstein. The funeral will be held at The Temple with at The Temple Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alive Hospice, The Temple, or a of the donor’s choice.