On Tuesday July 23, G-d answered our mother’s prayers, allowing her to die in her own home, as she always wanted.
Winnipeg born to Sam and Celia Greenberg, our mother was one of seven children: Herbie, Sara, Bella, Max, Eddie, and Daisy. Our mother attended Machray School and St. John’s Tech, where she met our father Philip Zell, who passed away in 2006. Marrying in 1947, after our father returned from RCAF service, they built a life for themselves in West Kildonan and for the last 60 years in Garden City. Our mother was an extremely proud woman, of her home, its furnishings, her cooking and baking. She was very attentive to her outward appearance and made a fashion statement wherever she went. Most important to her was her family (her naches brigade) – her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She leaves to mourn her daughter Candi (Sal Hara) of Toronto, her son Shawn (Shirah) of Dallas. Texas, her daughter Michele (Nelson Kanter) of Skokie, Illinois. Her pride and joy were her grandchildren Hadassah, Ariel (Beth) of New Jersey; Jacob (Tali) and Daniel of Chicago, along with 4 precious great grandchildren Yair, Ezra, and Yishai Zell, and Joelle Kanter.
“And how do you like that for crabapples?” - as our mother would often say.
Donations in our mother’s memory may be made to: Chesed Shel Emes Capital Fund: ourtradition.ca or Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, IMO Philip and Ida Zell Fund: jewishfoundation.org.