Sympathy — October 2016 issue

Posted on: September 28th, 2016 by tgregory

… to the family and friends of Richard J. Levine, 57, of Brentwood, who died peacefully on Aug. 23 surrounded by his family. Rich was a devoted husband of 27 years to his loving wife, Pattie, and a cherished loving father to three wonderful children, Meredith, Taylor, and Mallorie, whom he proudly watched grow into vibrant young adults. He leaves behind his caring parents, Morton and Susan of Princeton Junction, NJ, and dear brother, Gary (Sarah) of Castro Valley, CA. Rich was a dedicated employee of TIAA and will be missed by many who made his time there memorable. A proud graduate of the Vanderbilt University class of ‘81 with a degree in geology, Rich cherished his time on the soccer team and remained close with many of his ATO fraternity brothers. He was an avid reader who also enjoyed live music and time spent with his family. Memorial donations may be made to the V (Jim Valvano) Foundation for Cancer Research.


… to the family and friends of Joel Mazor, who died Aug. 28 at Alive Hospice in Nashville just a few weeks short of his 98th birthday. A retired railway attorney and a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law in New York, he was awarded the Bronze Star for his service as a U.S. Army captain in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was the devoted husband to Bettye S. Mazor for 58 years until her death in 2005. He is survived by his son, Barry Mazor of Nashville (Nina Melechen), and his daughter, Sally Mazor Page (Rick) of Atlanta. Over the past 11 years in Nashville, Joel enjoyed the friendship and support of many in this city, including his friends made in senior programs at the Gordon Jewish Community Center and at The St. Paul Senior Living Community – and of Estelle Sach and her family in particular. 

The funeral service was on Aug. 31 with Rabbi Flip Rice of Congregation Micah presiding; interment was in The Temple Cemetery.  Donations may be made to Jewish Family Services of Nashville, Second Harvest Food Bank, or the Wounded Warriors Project. 


… to the family and friends of Charles Henry Burnett, 69, who died on Sept. 5. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Swindell Burnett and David Mack Burnett and longtime friend, Larry Spurlock. Charles is survived by the love of his life and partner of 20 years, Kathleen Haas Schklar; brother, Paul Burnett; nieces, Dianne B. White and Denise B. Davis, Jill and Matt Williams, Douglas Kasselberg, Nancy Briggs and Lynda Briggs; and grandchildren, Caroline Hayes Williams, Carter Edward Williams, Damean Lee Burnett, Bri Burnett, and Eli Daniel. An admirer of cars, old and new, Charles had a career managing parking garages throughout Tennessee. Later he became a small business owner and meticulously restored furniture and car interiors for friends and clients across the South. Charles loved dancing and frequently traveled to dance competitions and taught ballroom dance classed for 35 years. While living in Atlanta, Charles took great pride in working with the Special Olympics.

 A celebration of his life was held at Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home on Sept. 17. Contributions may be made to Alive Hospice.


… to the family and friends of Norma Louise Goldner Neaderthal, 95, who died on Sept. 12 surrounded by her family. She was born Oct. 27, 1920 in Nashville and lived here all her life. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ida and Fred Goldner, and her husband of 48 years, M. William Neaderthal. She is survived by her children, Elise Straus (James) and Robert Neaderthal (Julie); grandchildren, Laurie Aronoff (Dan), Andy Straus (Patti), Leah Neaderthal, and Ariel Voorhees (Sam); great-grandchildren, Dillon Aronoff, Anna Straus, Lexi Straus and Edie Voorhees; siblings, Reta Guttman and Fred Goldner (Martha), and many nieces and nephews.

Norma attended Ransom School, Peabody Demonstration School, and the University of Illinois. She worked at Goldner Jewelers, later Goldner Associates, which was started by her father and husband.  She was a member of National Council of Jewish Women, Jewish Federation, Magazine Circle, The Temple Ohabai Sholom and past president of The Temple Sisterhood.  She enjoyed traveling, bridge, and mahjongg. She loved needlework and knitting, and made Afghans for many family members. Her needlepointed Torah cover adorns a Torah scroll in The Temple sanctuary. Her greatest joy was the love for her family.

The family thanks Jimmie Anderson, Teresa Alexander and all the caregivers for their love and attention during the last two years of her life. The funeral was on Sept. 15 at The Temple with burial in The Temple Cemetery. Contributions can be sent to The Temple, Jewish Family Service, Alive Hospice or the charity of the donor’s choice. •