Belle Lavisky Jewler
Belle Lavisky Jewler
  • July 17, 1936 - March 27, 2017
  • Columbia, South Carolina

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COLUMBIA - Belle Lavisky Jewler, wife of Allen “Jerry” Jewler and mother of Melissa Welsh of Atlanta, Ga. and Scott Jewler of San Jose, Calif., died between midnight Sunday and 1:00 a.m. Monday, March 27, 2017. Belle’s proudest achievement, among many, was her active support at Beth Shalom Synagogue, Columbia: the place of worship for her parents, the late Emma and Mike Lavisky, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; among them, Alan and Charlotte Kahn of Columbia, Judy and Henry Goldman of Charlotte, Debbie and Mike Rubin of Chapel Hill. She was predeceased by her aunts and uncles, Brenda and Chuck Meltsner, Katie and Irwin Kahn, Peggy and Benny Kurtz, and Eddie and Belle Bogen.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Beth Shalom Synagogue, 5827 N. Trenholm Road, Columbia, South Carolina. Burial will follow at House of Peace Cemetery on Whaley Street, just down the hill from Pickens Street. Evening services will be held at Beth Shalom Synagogue at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 190 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29033.

Those who grew up with Belle, as well as those who came to know her as an adult (as her husband of 56 years did) would know a joy that radiated towards others, especially her closest friends. But Belle also had a serious side, which allowed her to engage in numerous projects and follow them to completion. She was, in a word, resplendent, introspective, and generous in every way.

When Belle and Jerry married in 1960, they moved to Washington, D.C., Jerry's birthplace, and soon realized they longed to go back down south. That dream was fulfilled in 1968 when Jerry accepted a position in Charlotte, and again in 1970 when they moved to Greenville, and spent two glorious years in that dynamic city. In 1972 they moved to Columbia, and Belle was once again home and near her family as Jerry began what turned out to be a 28-year career as a professor at the University of South Carolina.

It was fate that brought them back to Belle’s hometown. Many will miss her, but all should feel serene that her pain and suffering over the last several months is gone for good. She made the world a brighter place for those who knew her best. She was an original and she and Jerry loved and learned from each other, which is what life is all about. She will be missed by many.

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