Joseph Israel Willner

Answer one question or many - using words, photos or other media.

If you could send Joseph Israel Willner a message now, what would you say?

Richard Stram
You're one of the kindest, sweetest kids I ever knew and we love you.
A blessing on your head - Mazel Tov - Mazel Tov.
Lisa Willner
Sweet ❤️
Sally Hipscher
Joe, you came to E.R. Murrow for quilt week for four years and spoke to our students and faculty so openly and honestly. You told your story and showed our students all the pills you took every day. You told them that they didn't have to get AIDS. You told them to use condoms everytime they are sexually active. Your candor, your caring concern, your love for them helped them to see the person and the personal side of AIDS. You touched and shaped my life as an educator and activist. For all of these, I will be forever grateful and I will always remember you. Love you, Joe!
Erica Redner-Danzig
Thank you for sharing your story with us and for taking what could be a negative experience and making it educational and life-affirming!

What objects most remind you of Joseph Israel Willner? Have a photo?

Lisa Willner
Winne the Pooh =)
Melissa Willner

What were Joseph Israel Willner's favorite TV shows, movies, books or music?

Lisa Willner
He loved Cher. Daddy could list all the random Hebrew music he liked. But I remember listening to Cher. She had an album out the year he passed. I inherited that album - used to blast it on my CD player (wow I feel old!)
Lisa Willner
And this song...

It was the most popular melancholy song of the time (on every TV show imaginable..) and I'll forever associate it with my uncle.

Try not to cry when you hear this.

What made Joseph Israel Willner happy?

Melissa Willner
Hot air balloon rides!

What's your favorite picture of Joseph Israel Willner?

Lisa Willner
For me this is one of my favorite's.

There are so many, but this one is ours.

It is our shared experience and one of our most precious moments together.

What six words best describe Joseph Israel Willner?

Lisa Willner
1) Chutzpah!
2) Chef
3) Playful
4) Republican
5) Old lady (lol)

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