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Obituaries May 23

Condolences to the family of Isaac Hanai who died on April 5. He is survived by his wife, Helen Yazdian Hanai.

Condolences to the family of Norman Hofferman, uncle to Ira Stein, who died on March 29. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Hofferman; step children, Randy Gray and Greg Gray; granddaughter, Emily Gray; nephews, Ethan Kind, Alan (Griselda) Stein, Stuart Stein, Ira (Leslie) Stein; great nieces, Hannah Stein, Talia Stein, Leah (Todd) Brumley, Celia Stein; and great nephew, Noah (Ashley) Stein.

Condolences to the family of Victor Kopelevich.

Condolences to the family of Sanford B. Krantz, internationally recognized authority on hematology and erythropoietin and professor of medicine, Emeritus, at Vanderbilt University, who died April 13 at his home. He was 89. Born Feb. 6, 1934, in Chicago, he received his bachelor’s degree and medical degree from the University of Chicago. He married Sandra Rae Goldstein on Dec. 28, 1958, in Chicago.

Dr. Krantz began his professional career at the University of Chicago Hospitals, followed by a fellowship with the University of Glascow, Scotland, and two years at the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Md. He joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 1970 as an associate professor and chief of the hematology section at the Veterans Administration Hospital. He devoted the last 33 years of his career as chief of hematology at the Veterans Administration Medical Center and 24 years as director of hematology at Vanderbilt. Dr. Krantz had more than 200 publications, was a member of many professional societies and received numerous awards and honors throughout his career. He was recognized by election into The American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians and was presented in 1998 with the Founders Medical Award by the Southern Society of Clinical Investigation.

He was a longtime supporter of the Nashville arts and other organizations, including the Nashville Symphony, the Frist Museum, National Public Radio station WPLN, the Jewish Federation of Greater Nashville and Friends of Radnor Lake.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Sandra Rae Krantz, of Nashville; his daughter, Sarah Krantz Derks (Thomas J. Teller) of Overland Park, Kans.; his sons, Michael D. Krantz (Diana) of Richardson, Tex., and Alan T. Krantz of Nashville; his sister, Corinne Plotkin (Bernie) of Milwaukee; two grandsons and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Marcy Sharon Krantz Glisczinski.

Donations may be sent to the Sanford B. and Sandra R. Krantz College Scholarship Fund at the University of Chicago. Mail to: Gift Administration and Business Data, 5235 S. Harper Court, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60615 or visit

Condolences to the family of Gloria R. Miller (Queenie), 89, who died on the 13th of Adar 5783.

Born in Montreal Canada, Gloria, known as Queenie, came from a close knit family and enjoyed art, music and movies and good conversation. She was married to Louis Miller for more than 60 years until his passing. She received a Master’s degree in social work from UT Knoxville and was a member of Sherith Israel Congregation for many years. She was greatly loved by all who knew her and will be missed.

She is survived by children, Joyce Keller, Karen Daniel (Hugh) and Jonathan Miller (Laura); grandchildren, Rachel Henderson (Jesse), Ben Keller and Nathan Daniel; great granddaughters, Matilda Henderson and Ramona Henderson.

Donations can be made to Sherith Israel Middle School, 3600 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37205; Nashville Public Television, 161 Rains Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203; or Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, TN 37203.

Condolences to Marisa (Michael) Mayhan on the passing of her sister, Christie Mucci, on the 24th of Adar.

Condolences to the family of Rudoff Jay Saperstein, who died on April 14. He was the husband of Florence Wittenstein; father of Tricia Blumenthal (Eric), Jan Sax (Robbie), Beth Miller (Brian); and grandfather of Rob Nitzkin (Ana), Scott Nitzkin, Suzanne Miller (Will Hutchison), Sam Blumenthal, Emily Atwater (Colin), and Stephanie Blumenthal. Donations may be made in Rudy's memory to Congregation Micah or to Alive Hospice.

Condolences to the family of Marilyn Streisand who died on March 28. Born in Brooklyn on July 6, 1941, Marilyn was a cheerleader at Tilden High School and received her B.A. in English from Brooklyn College. She earned a Masters in writing from Towson State University in Baltimore, Md.

Marilyn showed her love for writing, art, and poetry. Throughout her life she was continuously creative, writing almost a dozen novels and plays, and winning several awards for fiction and playwriting. She loved painting, jewelry making and creating wearable art for her family. She loved music as well, and had a beautiful voice.

Marilyn was an adventurer and loved to travel. After college she lived in Spain and even was an extra in a movie shot in Greece. Marilyn lived across the states in California, New York City, Virginia and Maryland. She returned to California in 2000 to help raise her two beautiful granddaughters and finally moved in with her daughter in Tennessee.

Known for her lively spirit, youthful attitude, and her resiliency, Marilyn seemed never to be without her sense of humor (days before her passing she looked at us and said, "Time flies”). She also had a strong need to contribute. A regular volunteer for PBS fundraising, Marilyn often advised that,“ You’ve got to give back to the community.” She was a high school English and ESL teacher and eventually retired from the Baltimore County Police Department where she received much inspiration for her crime and mystery novels.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, Richard Harvey; her daughter, Laura Otis Franklin (Jack); two granddaughters, Shelby (16) and Brooke (14); her brothers, Melvin Streisand (Carol) and Mark Streisand (Gale); and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins whom she loved fiercely and always prioritized keeping in touch.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sadie and Herman (Hy) Streisand, and her second husband William Otis.

Condolences to the family of Leanore Wartell who died on April 5, following an extended illness, with family present. Leanore enjoyed travel in North America, Europe and Israel, and was a dedicated teacher and volunteer. She was a high school English teacher and volunteered teaching local children and adult residents to read and write English. Leanore also taught Hebrew and Shabbat classes at Temple Beth Sholom in Sarasota, Fla.

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She served as vice president of the Nashville Hadassah chapter, and as president of the Saratosa, Fla., Hadassah chapter.

Leanore is survived by daughter, Sherri Faulker (Doug); granddaughter, Ashley Vrabcak; son-in-law, Kennison Vrabcak; great granddaughter, Coralynn Vrabcak; son, Steven Wartell; granddaughters, Rebecca Wartell and Megan Wartell; and sister-in-law, Beverly Sleph. She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Stuart Wartell; daughter, Holli Wartell; father, Samuel Sleph; mother, Sadie Sleph; and brother Gerald Sleph.

Condolences to the family of June Landsberg Weinberg, who died on April 2. She was the wife of the late Marty Landsberg and Gerry Weinberg; mother of Rob Landsberg (Lori); grandmother of Shauna (Jeremiah), Amanda (Steve), Morgan

(Conor), Reid (Kyara), and Ben; and great-grandmother of Nolin, Saxton, and Meirah. Contributions may be made in June’s memory to Congregation Micah.