Myra Joan Wolch passed away in Winnipeg on January 25, 2021, at the age of 87. She was predeceased by her parents, Bertha and Gordon Kliman, and her beloved partner Saul Cherniack.
Cherished and loving mother to Sara (Julian Zuckerbrot), Mark (Sandra) and Jonathan, and grandmother to Ari Zuckerbrot and Jackson Wolch. She is also lovingly remembered by Saul’s family: Lawrie (Bea), Howard (Laurie Kahn), grand-daughters Katie (Grant Prairie) and Jennie (Matthew Williamson), and great-grand-children Isaac, Oliver and Sybil. Myra was the eldest cousin in a very large and loving extended family that ensured she was an only-child in name only.
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Myra moved to Winnipeg at the age of 17. Her job in a record store in her teens began her life-long love of music: from Broadway hits to Jacques Brel, Lenny Breau and Classical. A true patron of the arts, she held season tickets to the Winnipeg Symphony and Manitoba Theatre Centre for more than 50 years. She adored the visual arts and design and had a special love for Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies” series. Her heart sang when she was finally able to travel to Monet’s home in Giverny, France, to walk among the flowers and grounds that inspired such timeless beauty.
Myra was strong, smart and incredibly glamorous, all in equal measure. She was a voracious reader and devastating Scrabble opponent, a lover of CBC radio, and devourer of the New Yorker Magazine. She loved to entertain and joked that her table was always elastic, easily accommodating more food and more chairs. Her homemade toffee and brownies, which she claimed contained “love” as their secret ingredients, brought smiles to everyone.
A graveside ceremony and private shiva have taken place.
The family wishes to express its gratitude and appreciation to: Rabbi Matthew Leibl, Estelle Raber and Rena Secter Elbaze of Shaarey Zedek Synagogue; our dear cousin, Dr. Sarah Kredentser, for her compassion and guidance; Dr. Susan Robillard; and Dr. Peter Bialy, along with the nurses and staff at Seven Oaks General Hospital.
Heartfelt thanks to Marilyn Roldan, of Blossoms Senior Care, for her gentle presence and loving-kindness as Mom’s caregiver.
Donations in Myra’s memory may be made to:
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Endowment Fund Tel: (204) 949-3973; and, Online at https://my.wso.ca/donate/contribute1?ct=13
The ‘Myra Wolch Fund’ at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba Tel: (855) 284-1918; and, Online at www.jewishfoundation.org
Or the charity of your choice.