Sympathy – June 2017 issue

Posted on: May 30th, 2017 by tgregory

… to the family and friends of William Wolfgang Wizner, 88, who died on April 25 in Nashville. He is survived by his loving wife of 66, years, Ruth Kahn Wizner; daughter, Pamela Joy Wizner (special friend John Seagraves); sons, Michael Wizner (Patti), Ed Wizner (Leslie), and Andrew Wizner (Sheila Houlihan), and grandchildren, Evan, Sarah, Eamon, Eliza, Taylor and Casey Wizner. Mr. Wizner is a past President of Congregation Micah. Services were on April 27 at Congregation Micah with Rabbi Philip “Flip” Rice officiating. Burial was in the Congregation Micah Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Micah or a charity of your choice.


… to the family and friends of Bernard Werthan Jr., 86, who died on May 5 after an extended illness. A businessman and community leader, Bernard was a lifelong resident of Nashville. He was born to Leah Rose and Bernard Werthan Sr., and attended Parmer School, Montgomery Bell Academy, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he graduated Tau Beta Pi in engineering in 1952. Bernard was stationed in South Carolina and served for two years in the army. In 1953, he married his lifelong sweetheart Betty Kornman, who survives him. Bernard joined his family business, Werthan Bag Company (later Werthan Packaging) where he spent his entire career, retiring in 2000 as chairman.

Bernard had a deep commitment to his Jewish heritage and was proud to be a forceful advocate for the greater Jewish community. He was a past president of The Temple-Congregation Ohabai Sholom and was an active member of numerous Temple committees, including the Social Action Committee. In addition, he served on the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s Community Relations Committee and the Nashville Jewish Social Justice Roundtable.

Bernard’s passion for equal opportunity, education and justice made him a vital voice in the community. He worked tirelessly for causes that promoted these values. For 50 years, Bernard gave his heart and soul to Nashville OIC (Opportunities Industrialization Center), a community organization that provides education, training, and job placement services for underserved populations. At Nashville OIC he was involved in every aspect of the program, including serving as its board president for many years.

He was board chairman of Peabody Demonstration School and was instrumental in leading its successful transition to become University School of Nashville. Bernard also served as advisory board member of Tennessee State University College of Business. He was a member of the Vanderbilt University Divinity School Board of Visitors, a board member of Nashville Alliance for Public Education, and was an active participant in Leadership Nashville’s Education Day.

Bernard always strived to help people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs live and work together with understanding and mutual respect. He believed these values make Nashville stronger. His optimism never wavered. Recognizing the need for dialogue and understanding among all religious faiths, Bernard co-founded Circle of Friends in 2012. It later became Family of Abraham. He also co-founded the Faith and Culture Center/Our Muslim Neighbor Initiative Nashville. 

Bernard’s other board memberships included the United Way Campaign Cabinet, First American Bank, the YMCA, the YWCA Advisory Board, League for the Hearing Impaired, United Nations Association Nashville, and Community Nashville.

Bernard has been honored with the FiftyForward Crowning Achievement Award, the Community Nashville Human Relations Award, the Goldziher Award for Jewish-Muslim Dialogue, the Islamic Center of Nashville’s Beyond Borders Award and, most recently, the ACLU Lifetime Achievement Award.

Besides his wife Betty, survivors include his children, Betsy Werthan (Bart Schwartz), Kay Werthan (Glenroy Bowe), Tim Werthan (Yoom), and Tony Werthan (Cathy); a sister, Joan Blum Shayne; a brother and sister-in-law Moshe and Libby Werthan; grandchildren, Lesley (Brian), Elijah, Claire, Justin (Hilary), Ben, Cassady and Tennessee, and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

The family gratefully acknowledges the extraordinary and devoted care provided during this past year by Richard Bartley, Deborah Armstrong, Somaria (Sam) Johnson, Martha Medina, Mary Neely, Mfon Ukpong and Alive Hospice. Bernard donated his body to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A memorial service conducted by Rabbis Mark Schiftan and Shana Mackler was held on May 9at The Temple. Donations may be made to Nashville OIC, P.O. Box 280507, Nashville 37228; The Temple, 5015 Harding Road, Nashville 37205; Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville 37203; University School of Nashville Scholarship Endowment Fund, 2000 Edgehill Ave, Nashville, TN 37212. 


… to the family and friends of Louis H. Brooks, Jr., 97, who died on May 5. He was preceded in death by wife, Evelyn Giles Brooks; his son, Louis H. (Hank) Brooks III, and dear friend, Shirley Gold. Survivors include his special niece and nephew, Terry and Bernie Rosenblum, and beloved nieces and nephews, Ilsa Krivcher (Charles), Cindy Katzman, all of Nashville;Cam Kornman (Norman Needleman) of New York City; Beverly Phillips (Jimmy) , Susan Brooks , (Daniel Pritchard), Atma Khalsa (Todd Ellis) and Bonnie Brooks, all of Newport News, Va., and Martha Ann Giles Hanna of Paris, Tenn. 

The funeral service was conducted by Rabbi Mark Schiftan and Cantor Tracy Fishbein on May 7 at The Temple followed by burial in the Temple CemeteryThe family greatly appreciates the 21 years of friendship and support Louis enjoyed at The Blakeford in Green Hills, where he was one of the charter residents, and the exceptional care and love Louis received from Teri Campbell, Julia Foster, and Bright Star Care of Nashville.  Memorial contributions may be made to The Hank Brooks Campership Fund, c/o The Temple, 5015 Harding Rd., Nashville TN 37205, or the charity of the donor’s choice.