Sympathy – September 2017 issue

Posted on: August 31st, 2017 by tgregory

… to the friends and family of Sanford Roth, 66, formerly of Nashville, who died on July 17 in Northridge, Calif. He was preceded in death by his father, Morris Roth, and brother, Clifford Roth. Sanford graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy in 1968 and from Vanderbilt University in 1973. He moved to California in 1976 and lived there until his death. Sanford survived for more than 25 years after receiving a heart transplant. He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Roth, of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; his wife of 40 years, Jacque Roth; his son, Cameron Roth, and Cameron’s fiancée, Rebecca Gilbert; and his aunt, Ethel Eiseman, all of California.


… to the friends and family of West End Synagogue member Peter Schine, who died on Aug. 12. He is survived by his wife, Andrea Barach; his children, Miriam (Jonathan) Lee and Nathan (Rachel) Schine; his grandson, Elliott Lee; his mother, Deena Schine; sisters Denise Schine and Andy Schine (John Hall) and their children, Ava and Dashiell Hall.

Mr. Schine, 59, suffered a sudden heart attack while traveling home from a short vacation with his wife. Just that morning he had taken a beautiful rainforest walk and had been thrilled to capture a good photograph of a Bellbird. 

Peter grew up in Miami Beach where he developed a love of oceans and became a certified scuba diver at a young age. At Vanderbilt he met his wife of 37 years, Andrea, during freshman orientation. He taught chemistry at LaVergne High School for over 20 years. Upon retirement, he divided his time among volunteering with CASA, Meals on Wheels, serving his synagogue, and keeping his family in love, delicious food, meticulously curated playlists, and company, all with his unique nerdy and pun-filled humor. 

Peter’s creativity and sense of adventure were pervasive: Any recipe was an invitation to experiment, any free time a travel opportunity, and any flora or fauna a photograph in the making. Those close to him were in turn gifted a hunger for the unique, a passport full of stamps, and a home ornamented with art. 

In his honor, his family asks that friends support CASA of Nashville, the W. O. Smith Music School, or the Ocean Conservancy. 


… to the friends and family of Yvette Sebelist, a Nashville immigration attorney, who died on Aug. 15. Graveside services were held at The Temple Cemetery.  


… to the friends and family of Congregation Sherith Israel member Samuel Lyndon Hessa, 77, who died on Aug. 18. He is survived by his beloved wife of 31 years, Robbin Kaplan Hessa; daughter, Anna Nicole Hessa; brother-in-law, B. Jay Kaplan (Pamela); niece, Jennifer Kaplan of Little Rock, Ark.; and cousins Julie Thomas Courtenay (Gary) of Auckland, N.Z., Marty Kooperman (Sherri) of Nashville and many other family and friends.

Mr. Hessa was born in Nashville to Beatrice and Von David Hessa and also raised by grandparents Etta and Sam Slutsky. He graduated from West High School and Vanderbilt University and was looking forward to his 55th Vanderbilt class reunion later this year. 

Following college, he moved to Norman, Okla., to pursue a master of science degree in geology at the University of Oklahoma. He also studied at George Washington University and spent many fond years in Washington, D.C., where he was was active in the Georgetown Jewish community and the National Press Club. He later returned to Nashville to care for his aging parents and build a successful career in environmental geology as a licensed professional geologist. An avid art and book collector, and connoisseur of fine wine, Sam prided himself in speaking eloquently to subjects ranging from World and American History to all genres of literature. He also worked as a sous-chef in Nashville’s vibrant early restaurant scene. Despite all these pursuits, nothing was more important to him than his devotion to his family. In 1985, he met the love of his life and soulmate Robbin and they married shortly after. But the greatest joy in his life came with the birth of his daughter Anna. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Congregation Sherith Israel in his memory.