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Obituaries January 2022

Condolences to the family of Jay Amsel who died in New York. 

Condolences to the family of Peggy Greenbaum Mazur, 88, who died on November 26. She was born in Nashville on September 30, 1933, the daughter of the late Adolph and Betty. Peggy was the beloved wife of Alvin (deceased) for 61 years, the dear mother of Alicia (Brian) Berg of Chicago and the cherished sister of Ralph and Harold (deceased). 

After graduating from Howard High School and the University of Tennessee, Peggy had a long career teaching elementary school starting at Case School in Akron, Ohio, then at Head and Park Avenue elementary schools in Nashville. After retiring, Peggy dedicated much of her time and energy to volunteering at the St. Thomas Hospital gift shop and the Nashville Public Library. 

Peggy lived a life filled with family who she treated with her famous homemade pies, cakes, and cookies. She was an avid reader of mysteries and Mahjong player, and an occasional bingo player at Mary Queen ofAngels where she was lovingly cared for in her final years. 

Donations may be made to Congregation Sherith Israel or through or to the Alzheimer’s Association ( 


Condolences to the family of Heloise Pfeifer Isacson Werthan Kuhn who died November 18. Heloise was born in Little Rock,  Ark., January, 15, 1921. She was the only child of Rosa Pfeifer Isacson and Harry E. Isaacson.   

Her volunteer activities included serving on the boards of the Nashville Symphony Association, vice president of the Nashville section of the National Council of Jewish Women, the Advisory Board of Planned Parenthood, Advisory Board of the YWCA, Family and Children’s Services,  Cheekwood,  Crittendon, Canby  Robinson Society Board at Vanderbilt, Swan Ball Auction Committee,  and the Heart Gala.   

She was a staunch supporter of the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. 

An alumna of Leadership Nashville, Heloise received the Sara Roddes Community Service Award in 1998. In 2006, she was honored by the YMCA and inducted into the Academy of Women of Achievement.  In 2008, she received the Crowning Achievement Award from Senior Citizens. 

Her first marriage in 1942 was to Howard Meyer Werthan of Nashville and father of her two daughters, Patricia and Joni.  Mr. Werthan died in 1967.  Her second marriage was to Jack W. Kuhn Sr., who died in 1999.  

Survivors include her daughters, Joni Pfeifer Werthan of Franklin, (Chris Saunders) and Patricia Werthan Uhlmann (John Uhlmann deceased) of Kansas City;  two granddaughters and six great grandchildren, Kate Uhlmann Aikman (Dennis Aikman), of Marblehead Mass., and Jennifer Heloise Aikman, Taylor Elizabeth Aikman, Noa Grace Aikman and Meg Uhlmann Shaw (Justin Shaw), of Kansas City and Joshua David Shaw,  Madeline Ella Shaw, and Adam Werthan Shaw. 

Donations may be made to the Temple, Ohabai Shalom, The Nashville Community Foundation’s Heloise Werthan Kuhn Scholarship Fund, the Jewish Federation of Greater Nashville and Middle Tennessee, the Generation’s Fund at Planned Parenthood in Nashville, Alive Hospice, or Leadership Nashville. 


Condolences to the family of Gail Provizer-Simmons, who died on November 17. Survivors include her husband, Michael, and her sister
and brother-in-law, Adele Stein and Rick Stein.
Memorials may be made in Gail's name to Congregation Har Shalom and Congregation Micah.  


Condolences to the family of Toby Lee Spiegel who died on Wednesday, December 15. She is survived by her daughters, Hilary Diskin and Karen Kurokawa, and granddaughters, Hannah and Jolie. 
Memorials may be made in Toby's name to Alzheimer's Association and Congregation Micah.  

Condolences to the family of Alexander Star.  Alexander was predeceased by his son, Eugene, and daughter-in-law, Rickie Star. 

He is survived by his daughter, Tish Doochin (Ben), and son, Louis (Janie) as well as eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Donations in Alex’s memory may be sent to Beth El Zedeck minyan fund, 600 W. 70th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260. 

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