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January 2023 Obituaries

Condolences to the family of Blossom Averbuch, who died December 4 at age 95. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Michael; son, Mark Averbuch (Shelley); grandchildren, Brooke Michael (Will), Jeffrey Fuldauer, Kacey Millard (Anthony), Jared Averbuch (Mackenzie), Cutler Averbuch (Liza); and 13 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Gerald Averbuch; parents, Herschel (Harry) and Matilda Davis; daughter, Helaine Averbuch Fuldauer; grandson, Adam Ramsay Michael; brothers, Daniel Davis, M.D., Captain Herbert Louis Davis, USMC, Martin Davis, M.D.; and son-in-law, Paul Ramsay Michael, M.D.

Born in Atlanta, Ga., on February 7, 1927, Blossom grew up in Knoxville and attended Knoxville High School and subsequently the University of Michigan. She married Gerald in 1946 and lived in Nashville, where they raised their family and Blossom assisted for many years with secretarial duties in their businesses.

After Gerald’s retirement they moved first to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and later to Amelia Island, Fla. She enjoyed traveling, tennis, golf and bridge.

Memorials may be made to the Gordon Jewish Community Center, Alive Hospice, Temple Ohabai Sholom or a charity of your choice. A memorial service will be held at a future date.

Condolences to the family of Burton Barnet, who died on November 18. He was the stepfather of Erica Spinner Kimball (Bill); husband of Roberta Spinner Barnet; grandfather of Sophia and June Kimball. Donations may be made in Burton's memory to Alive Hospice or Congregation Micah.

Condolences to the family of Stephen Harold Biller, who died on November 27. He was husband of Margaret Ceitlin Biller; father of Daniel Biller (Tara), Caroline Biller Bernstein, Jonathan Biller; grandfather of Sophie Bernstein, Emily Bernstein, Andrew Biller, Jonah Biller, and Macie Biller. Donations may be made to Congregation Micah.

Condolences to the family of Sharon Doochin of Atlanta, Ga., who died on November 27. She was predeceased by parents, Joe and Bess Doochin; brother, Steve Doochin; and brother-in-law Paul Goldstein. Sharon is survived by sister, Ellen Goldstein; sister-in-law, Cheryl Sandler; and devoted nieces and nephew, Robyn, Amy, Jamie and Brian.

Condolences to the family of Steven J. Eisen, died on December 6. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Gay Eisen of 34 years; his son, Jonathan (Lizzie); and two grandsons, Alexander and Elliott; parents Harvey and Ann; and brother, Lorne (Jodi); and nephews and nieces, Matthew Eisen (Mary-Patton) and Davis, Scott Eisen, Iris Levine (Aaron Pomerance) and Max Levine.

Steve was born on May 14, 1958, in Nashville. He attended Montgomery Bell Academy, where he was a national champion in debate and was an Eagle Scout. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University and his JD and MBA from Vanderbilt University. Ask Steve what he cared about the most - his family, banking law, or the Chicago Cubs – he might be hard pressed to give an honest answer. He was passionate in the extreme about all three.

He was a zealous advocate for his business and banking clients at Baker Donelson for nearly 40 years. His intense organizational skills and expertise in governance made him invaluable to multiple charities, and if you dared ask about his son or wife, he would go on forever about their accomplishments.

The family requests that donations be made to The Family Center of Nashville, The Sports Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, or a charity of your choosing.

Condolences to the family of Stephanie K. Freudenthal, who died on November 23 at age 93 years in Nashville.

Stephanie, or “Steffi” as many knew her, was born February 21, 1929, in Mannheim, Germany, and moved to New York City as a child. She attended the High School of Music & Art.

She met her beloved “Shnooks,” Ernest G. Freudenthal, on his return from WWII at a wedding in New York (to which he had not been invited and she had been “dragged” by her parents). They married December 26, 1948, and it was a marriage for the ages until his passing on June 17, 2014. Together they traveled the world hiking and visiting their many friends. They hiked the Smokies well into their 70s, taking their daughters (and potential suitors) and later their grandchildren with them.

For years, she worked as a manager at Mills Bookstore helping many to find their best reads, and later as a personal shopper at Davis Kidd Booksellers. She loved listening to classical music, playing bridge with her loyal group of friends, as well as volunteering at Luke 14:12. She enjoyed entertaining guests and was an excellent cook and baker, making schnecken and raspberry bars for her grandchildren whenever they visited. She was known throughout the community as a caring, loving, and supportive friend. But more than anything she loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she always supported and in whom she instilled a love for reading and learning, and who always looked forward to seeing her (especially at birthdays and holidays).

She is predeceased by her husband, Ernest Freudenthal; parents, Karl and Hermine (neé Stammreich) Karlsruher; brothers, Gerhard Karlsruher and Hans Karlsruher; and granddaughter, Elizabeth Hausman.

She is survived by her daughters, Pamela Hausman (Charles) and Joan Fraifeld (Eduardo); grandchildren Carolyn Robinson, Samuel Fraifeld (Andrea), Benjamin Fraifeld; and great grandchildren, Isabella, Seth and Eli Robinson.

Donations may be made to Temple Ohabai Sholom Caring Committee.

Condolences to the family of David Sam Oleshansky, 65, of Nashville, who died on November 23. He was a passionately dedicated and loving husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, community member, and citizen. David is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Deborah, son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Christine Oleshansky; daughter and son-in-law, Bryna Oleshansky Mody and Perceus Mody; and daughter, Raeruth Oleshansky.

David loved nothing more than being with his family, preferably near water. He was an avid leader in the Knoxville, Tenn., community spending time as President of the Arnstein Jewish Community Center and as a Board Member of the Love Kitchen, a local food kitchen that supported the entire Knoxville community.

He was part of the Detroit Oleshansky family. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Nathan and Ruth Oleshansky; sister, Barbara Oleshansky; and brother, Marvin Oleshansky. David is survived by brother and sister-in-law, William and Marlene Oleshansky and family; the family of Marvin Oleshansky; and a loving community of family and friends. He was a graduate of Cranbrook High School, University of Michigan and American University.

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Condolences and memorial contributions may be mailed to: Oleshansky Family, c/o Jewish Federation, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Suite 102, Nashville, TN 37221

Donations may also be made to Planned Parenthood, P.O. Box 3673, Ann Arbor, MI., or the Nashville Food Project, 5904 California Ave., Nashville, TN 37209.

Condolences to the family of Nancy Gene Riss, who did on November 14. The was the wife of the late Simon Riss (z"l); mother of Adam Riss (Szilvia) and David Riss; sister of Lucy Riss; grandmother of Samuel Riss, Zoe Riss, Emma Riss, Skye Riss, Remy Riss, and Graham Riss.

Donations may be made in Nancy's memory to Congregation Micah.

Condolences to the family of Beverly Silverman. She was the sister of the late Perry and Irving Silverman and is survived by her cousin, Leslie Stillman (Barry).