May 30, 1921 – October 31,2018
It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Becky Rosenberg at the age of 97 surrounded by her loving family.
Predeceased by her beloved husband Harry, Becky is survived by her three children Janis (Arthur) Ross, Ken (Vivian) Rosenberg, Faren (Keevin) Bernstein; eight grandchildren Robyn, Tami (Andrew), Jamey (Justine), Corey, Suzanne (Kevin), Kylie (Tyler), Brayden, Griffin; 4 great grandchildren: Siena, Elly, Dylan, Henry; sister Sali (Chaim) Ben-Ezra; brothers and sisters in-law; and many nieces and nephews who reciprocated her love for them.
Born in the north end of Winnipeg to Fanny and Joseph Stern, Becky was the 5th of 9 children in a close-knit family. From her youngest days, she was a good student, an athlete – dancer, gymnast, acrobat, volleyball and basketball player, with a large social circle of friends that she maintained for a lifetime.
Following graduation from St. John’s Tech, she went to business college where she became a legal stenographer working for the provincial government as well as private law firms. When she became a wife and mother, she embraced this role wholeheartedly, devoting herself to the care and nurturing of her husband and children, but beyond that to her large, extended family on both sides.
Family was the cornerstone of her life. Becky was happiest when she was surrounded by those she held dearest, whether during Shabbat dinners, Sunday gatherings, family get togethers, or holidays. As she raised her family, she baked, cooked, curled, bowled, played mahj and bridge. Becky was engaged in community activities and volunteer work. She was particularly proud of the 20 years she spent volunteering at the Seven Oaks Hospital gift shop.
The arrival of her grandchildren and great grandchildren brought her much joy and they in turn have wonderful memories of food, fun, and love. An avid golfer, culminating in a hole in one at the age of 80, travelling, and winters spent in Florida or Palm Springs with their family coming to visit, rounded out a happy, well-lived life.
Beautiful on the outside, Becky was even more beautiful on the inside. Despite living with dementia in her latter years, it was her warm, genuine smile, and friendly hello that lit up the room while her sincere interest, pride, and love for others captured the hearts of everyone who knew her. Becky and Harry’s 70-year marriage was inspiring; a true partnership of love and devotion to each other, their immediate and extended families, friends, and community. We take comfort in knowing they are now together again.
Thank you to the staff of the Simkin Centre for making mom’s final years without dad so comfortable. We especially want to express our eternal gratitude to mom’s “guardian angels”, Lisa, Terry, and Oxana who lovingly and devotedly cared for her everyday, ensuring that she always looked her best, keeping her safe, healthy, and happy right to the end.
Graveside services were held on Friday, November 2nd, beautifully eulogized by Cantor Tracy Kasner Greaves with her grandchildren serving as pallbearers. If so desired, donations may be made to the Becky and Harry Rosenberg Fund of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba or to a charity of your choice.