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April 2023 Obituaries

Condolences to the family of Stephen Aaron Bender who died on March 16. He was the husband of Barbara Bender; father to Allison Bender and Michelle Bender; grandfather to Kyra Frank, Joey Frank, Leo Rappoport, Sebastian Posada, Daniela Posada and Sofia Posada. Donations may be made in Steve's memory to Congregation Micah or to Pancreatic Center Action Network.

Condolences to the family of Diana L. Lutz who died on March 8. She was preceded in death by her parents Morris and Dorothy (nee Stern) Gerecht; brothers and sister-in-law, Harold (Susan) Gerecht and Sanford Gerecht.

She is survived by her husband, Sheldon Lutz; daughters, Karen (Zack Marell) Lanson, Michelle (Robert) Leven; and son, David (Tammy) Lanson; six grandchildren, Alexi, Mikaela, Sari, Jeremy, Andrew and Alex.

Upon moving to Nashville Diana wanted to work within the Jewish community. She was a beloved and long time staff member of the Jewish Federation until her retirement.

Diana was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and was a deeply caring and warm person to all.

A service will be held on April 23 at Sherith Israel in memory of Diana. The community is invited to share memories, music, and food.

Contributions in memory of Diana may be made to Sherith Israel.

Condolences to the family of Sherry Mannes who died on March 9. She was predeceased by her husband, Cantor Fred Mannes, formerly cantor at West End Synagogue.

Condolences to the family of Queenie Miller.

Condolences to the family of Linda Cohen Pounds who died on February 22 after a short battle with brain cancer.

She was born October 16, 1948. Linda was predeceased by her husband, Fredrick “Britt” Pounds, and her parents, Stanley and Fannye Cohen. She was the most wonderful, caring, involved, and loving mother to Bethany and Zachary, and the best, most loving Nana to her four grandchildren, Jackson, Carson, Lana and Raegan.

Linda spent 37 years as a special education teacher with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. She made such a difference in so many lives and was always the number one advocate for her students. After she retired she spent her days doing pottery and working in her incredible garden.

Linda is survived by her daughter, Bethany (Kevin) Komisar; her son, Zachary (Bridget) Pounds; her grandchildren, Jackson Komisar, Lana Komisar, Carson

Pounds and Raegan Pounds; her siblings, Michael Cohen, Alan (Teri) Cohen and Carol Cohen; nieces, Alison (Mike Poole) Cohen and Stephanie (Adam Keats) Cohen, and nephew, Max Weinstein; great niece, Lia Cohen-Poole; and great nephews, Mack Cohen-Poole, Lyle Keats and Theo Keats; cousins, Lauren (Mike) Cooper, Jeff Cohen and Corey Cohen.

Donations can be made to Alive Hospice 1718 Patterson St. Nashville, Tn 37203 or Temple Ohabai Shalom.

Condolences to the family of Richard Rothberg who died on March 1. He is survived by his wife, Johanna; daughter, Laura (Adam) Little; grandson, Jacob Little; and brother, Jamie Rothberg.

Condolences to the family of Janet Wallach, 90, who died at home in Kingston Springs on March 4. She was proceeded in death by her devoted and adoring husband, the love of her life David H. Wallach.

Janet is survived by her children, Eileen Wallach (late Rick Dewey), Michael Wallach (Enid) of Delray Beach, Fla., Peggy Wallach Tsoutas (Nicholas) of Sydney, Australia; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

The family expresses gratitude to her caregivers: Adriana, Rene and Lisa and to family and friends. Donations may be made to Alive Hospice ( in her memory, or Jewish Family Service, Attention: Toni Jacobson Discretionary Fund.

Condolences to the family of Marjorie Weber Zager, 91, passed away peacefully at her home in Nashville on March 13. Marjorie was born in Chicago, Ill., to Dr. H. Frederick Weber and Sylvia Weber. She moved to Nashville at age 9 and never left, attending West High School and Vanderbilt University, where she met her late husband, Arnold Zager. Together, Marjorie and Arnold raised two daughters, Lori and Jodi Zager.

Marjorie immediately left behind her northern roots; Nashville was everything to her. She loved nothing more than welcoming newcomers to the city, originally through Welcome Wagon and later through her work at The Temple. Late in life, Marjorie was senior coordinator of The Temple, visiting seniors all over the city. She loved her job, and never retired, claiming that her seniors needed her, many of whom were several years her junior.

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Marjorie is predeceased by her son-in-law, Dr. Edward H. Gaston. She is survived by her daughters, Lori and Jodi; her son-in-law Mark Liebman; her grandchildren, Haley and Emily Gaston and Alexandre Liebman. She will be missed by her many friends at Richland Place and the Nashville Community.

Donations may be made to The Temple Caring and Concern or The Temple’s "The Golden Lunch Bunch".