Sympathy – January 2017 issue

Posted on: December 31st, 2016 by tgregory

… to family and friends of Sara Rachel Schoenberger Robin, 89, who died on Nov. 17 at Alive Hospice in Nashville surrounded by her loving family.

Born July 27, 1927, she was raised as an only child by her mother, Rebecca Grossman, with the loving support from her Grossman family uncles, aunts and cousins. 

A graduate of West End High School, she attended Vanderbilt University, where she met her husband, William Robin. Together for 40 years, they raised four wonderful children and made special friends. As her children grew up, she helped William establish and operate the family business, Robin Realty Company. 

She served the Jewish community as president and regional officer of Hadassh as well as through her involvement with the National Council of Jewish Women. She also helped Jewish Family Services with the re-settlement of Russian Jews. Sara Rachel was a proud member of both The Temple and West End Synagogue.

Her family credits her loving 13-year relationship with Bob Eisenstein for adding so much joy and so many wonderful experiences to her life. She adored dear “Obbie.”

Sara Rachel was an exceptional person who loved her family and her many friends. Her kindness and beautiful smile is remembered by all. She never met a stranger and made everyone feel special. Family remained the most important part of her life, and the joy her children and grandchildren gave her was immeasurable. 

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William H. Robin; her cherished mother, Rebecca Grossman Wolff; her “brothers,” Laurence, Milton and Joe Grossman, and “sister” Sara Rose Sturm.

She is survived by her four devoted children and their spouses, Jeanne Harlan (Doug), Mark (Debby), Charles (Debi), and Henry (Bob McGarity); and her adored and adoring grandchildren, Jason, Brett, and Seth Harlan (Johanna) and Max and Madeline Robin; her dear “sister-in-law,” Barbara Grossman Levy; loving cousin Barbara Turner; her “brother-in-law,” Howard Sturm of Encino, Calif., cousin Margie Grossman and her daughters, and the Laurence Grossman family cousins. 

Her lifelong girlfriends Janet Bender, Renette Corenswet, Betty Kirshner, Geraldine Sadow, and the many, many other friends special to her, helped make her life happy and full.

The family would like to thank the staff at Alive Hospice for their loving care, not only of Sara Rachel, but of the family, with special thanks to Debbie, Diane and Lara. We are also thankful to Miss Ellen, Rose, Maegan, Genola, Yolanda, Teresa and Sandra for looking out for Miss Sara with care and affection.

Funeral services were at The Temple, Congregation on Nov. 20 followed by burial in the Temple Cemetery. Donations can be made in her memory to the Milton Grossman Early Education Fund, c/o The Temple, 5015 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205; Alive Hospice; West End Synagogue, or a charity of the donor’s choice.


… the family and friends of Adam Ramsay Michael, who died on Nov. 22. He was born November 16th, 1977 in Nashville. The first born to Susan and Paul Michael and the first grandson to Blossom and Gerald Averbuch, he was the oldest of six cousins and easy to look up to. Brilliant and likeable, Adam easily made friends and excelled in everything he attempted. He graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy. As the quintessential student, he became the “poster boy” for the school he loved, which featured him prominently in its 1996 recruitment poster. Adam went to Duke University and majored in history, graduating with honors in 2000. After returning to MBA to teach high school history for two years, Adam attended Hastings Law School in Berkeley, Calif. He transferred to Vanderbilt University, to complete his law degree, serving as the public defender for Sumner county for two years. Yearning for a change in career in order to give back to the community, Adam became a development officer for Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music followed by his most recent employment at the Nature Conservancy of Tennessee.

Adam remained grounded and focused on his number one priority: family. He has three daughters, Avery, Madelyn, and Vera. They were the lights of his life and he consistently said that being their father was what brought him the most joy in this world. He was a voracious reader and will be remembered for his intelligence, his love of Vanderbilt sports and the Tennessee Titans, his incredible fatherhood, and the deep love with which he served his family. 

He is preceded in death by his father, Paul R Michael, M.D., and his aunt, Helaine Fuldauer, and his grandfather, Gerald Averbuch. He is survived by his mother, Susan Michael; his sister, Brooke Kain; his daughters, Avery (6), Madelyn (4), Vera (18 months); former wife, Susan; his fiancée, Ana Kuzmi; his uncle Mark Averbuch and aunt Shelley Averbuch; his uncle Larry Fuldauer, and four cousins, Jared Averbuch (Mackenzie), Cutler Averbuch (Liza), Jeff Fuldauer, and Kacey Millard (Tony). 

A service was held at Congregation Micah on Nov. 25. Memorials may be made to the Nature Conservancy of Tennessee, Vanderbilt Blair School of Music, Congregation Micah or a charity of the donoro’s choice. 


… to the family and friends of Phyllis Honick, who died on Dec. 3 at the age of 87. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Max Honick and Rose Striner Honick, and her brothers, Herbert Honick and Joe Honick. She is survived by her two nieces, Marti Honick and Rosanne Honick. A graveside service was held on Dec. 6, 2016 at K.K.S.I Cemetery with Rabbi Saul Strosberg officiating.  Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Sherith Israel.


… to the family and friends of Sylvia Norma Ostrow, who died on Oct. 30 shortly after celebrating her 97th birthday. Sylvia, the daughter of Walter and Goldye Goldstein, was born and raised in Nashville. She was married to the late Norman Ostrow and lived in both Englewood, N.J. and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. She 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.

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. Contributions in her memory can be made to The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tenn. (