Sympathy – February 2017 issue

Posted on: January 30th, 2017 by tgregory

… to the family and friends of Belinda “Ricki” Berry Isaacs, 69, of Nashville, who died January 10 at Vanderbilt Hospital following a stroke after heart surgery. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sol and Eileen Stein Berry. She is survived by her husband Howard; son, Scott (Katie); daughter, Stephanie (Gregg) Woodman of Atlanta; grandchildren, Clay and Henry Isaacs and Kitty Robins.  Graveside service were on Jan. 12 at K.K.A.I Cemetery. 


… to the family and friends of Esther Mayden, 95, who died peacefully on January 5in West Bloomfield, MI. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Jack Mayden, her sister Liza Rosenberg, and her beloved son-in-law Larry Singer. Born in Lubaczow, Poland, Esther and her sister bravely survived the Holocaust that took the lives of her mother, Lena Weiss Sperling; her father, Marcus Sperling; her brother, Jacob Sperling, and aunts, uncles and cousins. 

After the war, Esther and Jack found their way from Europe to their beloved new country. They rebuilt their lives in the Detroit area, eventually retiring to Boca Raton, FL, and also spending many fulfilling years thereafter in Nashville. Esther spent her final years in West Bloomfield. Survivors are her son, Martin Ted Mayden (Barbara); daughter, Linda Singer, and five loving grandchildren, Eric Singer (Anna), Michael Singer, and Samantha, Genny and Talia Mayden. Esther’s greatest blessings in her later years were her great-grandchildren, Sam and Jack Singer, and the relationships among family members in the United States and Israel.

A graveside service and burial was on Jan. 8 at West End Synagogue (KKAI) Cemetery. Should friends desire to make contributions honoring Esther’s heroic life, the family suggests a donation to The Jewish Federation of Middle Tennessee, the Dr. Lawrence S. Singer Scholarship Fund for Transfer Students at the University of Michigan, or the institution or to the charity of their choice. 


… to the family and friends of Hannah Sara Prosser, 67, who passed away on January 2 at her residence in Franklin. Born in Chicago, she was an office manager in education.  She was preceded in death by her father, Hyman Brenner, and sister, Miriam Spriegal. Survivors include her husband, David Prosser; daughters, Molly Prosser and Emily Prosser; mother, Frances Brenner, and brother, Richard Brenner. Services were on January 12 at Congregation Micah. Memorials may be made to Cancer education and research organizations: or


… to the family and friends of Rachel Moskovitz Kornman, who passed away peacefully in Nashville on Dec. 24. Born February 12, 1918 in Nashville, she was preceded in death by her parents, Max and Lily Moskovitz; her beloved husband, Morris; brothers, Sol Moskovitz, Willie Moskovitz and Harry Moss, and sisters, Esta Loventhal and Doris Gross.

She is survived by her twin sister, Sara Rosenstein; devoted children, Adrian Kornman (Naomi), Kenneth Kornman (Bonnie) and Kay Kornman (Joel Goldberg); her adored grandchildren, Keith Kornman, Christopher Kornman, Seth Kornman, Lisa Kornman Avila, Marisa Goldberg and Alex Goldberg; seven great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and extended family. The funeral was on Dec. 27 at West End Synagogue with burial in KKAI Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to geriatric cardiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.


… to the family and friends of Linda Taylor Flexer, 64, who passed away on Dec. 16 in Centerville, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bernard D. Taylor and Mary Taylor, and step-father, Ralph Bass. She is survived by her loving husband of 23 years, James (Jimmy) Alan Flexer; sisters, Mary Jane Bass and Phyllis Brooks; brother, Russell Bass, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

A country girl born and raised in Thomasville, Ga., Linda loved life with a deep passion and shared her love with everyone. Her professional career began at Southern Bell in Tallahassee, Fla.,but her heart led her to nursing and Nashville where she served others at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the state of Tennessee. Always one to place others ahead of herself, she brought joy and kindness everywhere her spirit touched. A champion of the underdog, Linda supported numerous charities, but always remained anonymous with her generous giving. She was a dog lover, and her two Yorkies, Apple and Brody, were the apples of her eye. Linda brought a sense of dignity, grace, and respect to every task she undertook, and was uplifting and a source of inspiration.

A special thanks to Stacy Hargraves, Mary Hargraves and Christy Simpson for their love and dedication to Linda and the family. Services were on Dec. 19 at The Temple with burial in The Temple Cemetery.  Pallbearers were David Jones, Marty Kooperman, Joe Kooperman, Mark Shepard, Russell Bass, Aaron Bass, Mark Podis and Stuart Arkovitz. Honorary Pallbearers were Sam Hessa, Don Arkovitz, Joe Collier, Steve Bender, Lewis Williams, Jeff Levine, Rodney Caldwell, Steve Karr, Roger Shepard, Brad Zagnoev, Dan Castagna, Steve Lefkovitz, Dr. David Roffwarg, Dr. John B. Milton, Michael Flexer, Gary Flexer, and Louis Flexer. Memorial contributions may be made to Compassus Hospice in Lawrenceburg, Tenn. 


… to the family and friends of Kaaren Hirschowitz Engel, who passed peacefully on Oct. 3 at her home in Nashville surrounded by loved ones after living with esophageal cancer for 10 months. She was born to Dr. Basil I. Hirschowitz and artist Barbara L. Hirschowitz in March of 1961, and grew up in Birmingham, Ala., with two brothers, David and Edward, and a sister, Vanessa. She is survived by her mother, siblings, and loving children, Zoe, Simon, and Iris. 

She was born with the gift to make all those around her feel loved and appreciated. She embodied the meaning of living life to the fullest and celebrated each day with enthusiasm, knowing that nothing in life is guaranteed. Her curiosity transcended different careers, and her passion for the work at hand inspired others constantly. Whether as a lawyer, yoga teacher, civic leader, author, or artist, she practiced unconditional love throughout her life. She believed in little miracles, trusted the process, and emphasized self-love for all things. Memorial donations may be made to either Jewish Family Service or Alive Hospice. •