Sympathy – December 2016 issue

Posted on: November 30th, 2016 by tgregory

… to the family and friends of Gerald Averbuch, 94, who died Oct. 19 at Richland Place in Nashville. 

Gerald was preceded in death by his daughter, Helaine ‘Laine’ Fuldauer; son-in-law, Paul Michael, M.D.; brother, Sydney Averbuch, and sister-in-law, Juliet Averbuch. 

His survivors include Blossom Averbuch, his beloved wife of 70 years; son, Mark Averbuch (Shelley); daughter, Susan Michael; son-in-law, Larry Fuldauer; six grandchildren, Adam Michael, Brooke Michael Kain (Will), Jared Averbuch (Mackenzie), Jeff Fuldauer, Kacey Fuldauer Millard (Tony), and Cutler Averbuch (Liza); six great-grandchildren; niece, Shirley Zeitlin, and nephews, Jerry Averbuch and Larry Averbuch. 

A lifelong resident of Nashville, Gerald graduated from West End High School and Vanderbilt University, where he served as president of his college freshman class and fraternity. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II, serving on sea duty in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters and attaining the rank of lieutenant. 

After the war, Gerald became a leader in the Nashville real estate community. His projects included subdivisions, motels and apartments in Nashville, Knoxville, and Huntsville, AL. Gerald was a founder and chief financial officer of General Care Corporation, an acute care hospital company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. General Care merged with Hospital Corporation of America in 1980. 

After the merger, Gerald enjoyed a long retirement in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and subsequently Amelia Island, FL. He pursued his many hobbies, including golf, lap swimming, fishing and playing master bridge. Gerald was a member of Coral Ridge Country Club in Ft. Lauderdale and Hillwood Country Club in Nashville. 

Gerald was active in the Nashville civic and philanthropic community. He was vice president of the Metropolitan Nashville YMCA Foundation and received the YMCA Member of the Year award. He played an integral role in the establishment of the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, where he served on the initial steering committee and was fundraising co-chair for the Owen building. He was awarded the Associates Chair for outstanding service to Vanderbilt. He also co-founded the endowment fund of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee and later served as its chairman. 

Gerald was a member of the boards and executive committees of the Jewish Federation and the Gordon Jewish Community Center. He was a founding member of Congregation Micah and served on its board. Gerald also served on the boards of The Temple and Woodmont Country Club. He chaired the tourist and visitation committee of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. 

Gerald will be remembered by his family and friends for having a zest for life in work and play, his business acumen, the confidence he had in his abilities, and how he enjoyed the company of his family and friends. He never met a stranger, loving to hear about others’ lives by interviewing them like a journalist.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank Martha Morrow, Frances Phillips, Mary Neely, Julia Jones, and Deborah Armstrong, the dedicated caregivers during the last two years of Gerald’s life. 


… to the family and friends of Sandra ‘Sandy’ Rosenblum Averbuch, 72, who died on Nov. 3. 

She was preceded in death by a son, Jonathan, and her parents, Sidney and Elizabeth Rosenblum. She is survived by Larry Averbuch, her beloved husband of 50 years; son, Sam Averbuch (Jessica); daughter, Cynthia Albin (Seth) of St. Louis; four grandchildren, Toby and Dustin Averbuch and Sydney and Ethan Albin; brother, Jerry Rosenblum (Ellen Sherberg) of St. Louis; brother-in-law, Jerry Averbuch (Arlene), and sister-in-law, Shirley Zeitlin.

Sandy was born on Aug. 7, 1944 in Nashville and remained a resident here throughout her life. She graduated from Peabody Demonstration School and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. She later received a master’s in social work from Tennessee State University. 

Sandy married Larry Averbuch in 1966 and joined him while he practiced as a dentist in the U.S. Army in Savannah, TN and then Panama. She raised her children, Cynthia, Samuel and Jonathan, then pursued a career in social work at Family and Children Services of Tennessee and Gilda’s Club. 

Sandy was deeply committed to Jewish life. She immersed herself in Jewish education and dedicated herself to service and leadership in Jewish organizations including West End Synagogue, the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, and Akiva School. She served as president of Jewish Federation and Akiva School and chaired the Jewish Foundation committee. In 2012, she was the first recipient of the Jewish Federation’s highest honor, the President’s Award. 

Sandy will be missed by her family and many friends. They will lovingly remember her love of shopping, painting, reading, volunteering and spending time with her grandchildren. The community will remember Sandy’s strong values and commitment to living a Jewish life. 

Services were on Nov. 6 at The Temple followed by burial at West End Cemetery. Pallbearers were her nieces and nephews. 

Donations in Sandy’s memory may be made to Jonathan Averbuch’s fund at the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville, 37205, or to Gilda’s Club, 1707 Division Street, Nashville, TN, 37203. 


… to the family and friends of Eric (Yosef ben Chaim) Rosenfeld, who escaped Nazi Germany in 1941 and died peacefully of natural causes on Nov. 7 at the age of 91. 

Eric is survived by his wife, Eva Ruth, his four children, David Rosenfeld (Anne), Vera Feldman (Jess), Emily Collier (Craig) and Ken Rosenfeld (Debby), as well as seven grandchildren: Tamara Rosenfeld, Julie Feldman Algiere (Steve), Will Feldman, Nathan Collier (Amy), Eli Collier, Ryan Rosenfeld and Zack Rosenfeld. His only brother, Herbert, died in Chicago in 2011, at age 89.

Eric was born in Seeheim, Germany.  After escaping from Nazi Germany, he went to live with relatives in New York and joined in the U.S. Army in 1944. Because he could speak German, he served in the counterintelligence corps of the 103rd Infantry Division. Despite the traumatic experience in Germany, Eric always held on strongly to his Jewish faith, and was consistently involved in local Jewish activities and causes.

The funeral was on Nov. 11 at West End Synagogue will burial in KKAI cemetery. Those who wish to make a donation in his memory are asked to consider three worthy causes that touched his life: The Tennessee Holocaust Commission, Safe Haven Museum, and West End Synagogue


…to the family and friends of Judith ‘Judy’ Margaret Cram who died in Nashville, Nov. 11 at the age of 66. Judy is survived by her husband, Ronald Soltman, and children, Daniel Soltman, Sarah Soltman and Joel Soltman.

Judy was born in 1950 in Minneapolis to Yetta and Leo Cram as the fourth of five siblings. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1972 with a degree in mathematics and from New York University in 1976 with a law degree. As a lawyer, Judy worked for the firm Reid and Priest in New York City, where she met Ron, and then she joined Chase Manhattan Bank in 1978. Judy married Ron in 1980, and then she moved to Nashville to join him to start a family. In Nashville, she worked for Commerce Union Bank and its successor banks, including Bank of America.

Judy had a passion for helping others. Whether volunteering for the foster care review board, tutoring math at Nashville State Community College or teaching English to recent immigrants, Judy always tried to make the world a better place. 

In keeping with Judy’s wishes, there was no funeral or memorial service. Donations in her honor can be made to the ALS Association.


… to the family and friends of Sylvia Norma Ostrow, 97, who died on Oct. 30. Born and raised in Nashville, she later lived in Englewood, NJ and Fort Lauderdale, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Goldye Goldstein, and her husband, Norman Ostrow (deceased). She is survived by two children, Andrew Ostrow of Miami Beach and Sally Kolitz Russell of South Miami; her sister, Joyce Faye of Nashville; three grandchildren, Brent Kolitz, Meredith Kristall and David Ostrow; four great grandchildren, and three nephews.

Sylvia was a realtor and a travel agent, who worked in the travel field well into her 80s. She traveled the world, from Siberia to Easter Island, and these travels were truly her passion.

Sylvia recently celebrated her 97th birthday with her family. Contributions in her memory can be made to the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee ( •