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BETTY WARSHAWSKY

Warshawsky Betty edited 1With deep sadness we announce the passing of Betty Warshawsky on April 1st, 2021 at the age of “100 plus”.

Betty was born in 1917 in Kiselin, Poland. While under Soviet occupation, her family refused to leave their home, but Betty escaped and began her journey – first to Russia and later to Uzbekistan where she met her husband Hersz (Hershel).

After the war they returned to Europe, determined to reach Palestine; they finally arrived and Hersz enlisted and fought in the War of Independence. Her brother, Sam Pomarantz Z”L , the only other surviving family member (parents: Joseph David Pomeranc and Rochel Waze, siblings: Kuni, Areyeh, Herszel, Gershon, Avraham, Szprinca and Esther) welcomed her to Winnipeg in 1950. Betty continued her teaching career in Winnipeg at I.L. Peretz Folk School until her retirement in 1984. She was honoured and humbled when students continued to visit over the years. She would amaze everyone and herself equally when she recognized them, and identified them by their Yiddish names.

Betty was highly respected and deeply cherished by her family and all that knew her. It was heartwarming to be in her presence, as she exuded warmth and compassion to everyone. Betty’s optimism was a driving force for how she lived her life: without regrets, which inspired her family to follow in her footsteps. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, listening to Jewish music and spoke eight different languages. She had a great sense of humour, a smile that lit up the room, and an enduring positivity that set an example for us all. The world was a better place with her in it.
Betty shared that her secret to longevity was living a life of happiness and kindness. Her father’s farewell blessing, “anywhere and everywhere you go people should like you – you should be well liked” was fulfilled by Betty tenfold through her generosity and charisma. She lived her life in honour of all those that perished – lest we forget.
Despite the limitations and restrictions of the pandemic, Betty became an avid FaceTimer with weekly scheduled calls with many members of her extended family. FaceTime gave Betty the opportunity to continue the special bonds she had with her family residing throughout Canada, United States and as far away as Switzerland.

Betty was predeceased by her beloved Herszel Z’L (2005). Their memories will continue to live in the hearts of their family: daughters Rochelle (David Glass), Valerie (Ian Leibl); grandchildren Colin, Kimberley (Chris), Shaylene (Trevor), Ari (Siuleen), Melissa (Mike); and great-grandchildren Sydney and Ethan Shapiro, Jackson, Hudson and Maeli Smith, Kindred and Sincerity Leibl, Hersh and Dov Halparin.
The family would like to extend their appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Claire Jaegar (Betty’s former student), the staff and residents of Shaftesbury Park Retirement Residence, and her Homecare friends.
Memorial donations may be made to The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba Endowment Fund or a charity of your choice.

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Lorraine Norma Reiner (nee Reich)

It is with deep sorrow that the family of Lorraine Reiner announces the passing of our mother and baba after a difficult battle with pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her children, Marlaina (Hillel) and Susan (Wil), her grandchildren, Sarah (Justin), Jordana (Blake), and Micah, and her great grandson, Elias. She was predeceased by her parents Rose and Sam, her husband Barry, her brother Max, her son Sam, and her granddaughters June and Beth.
Lorraine, at her core, was a loving caregiver. Lor-raine‘s father died when she was only eight years old. She grew up helping her mother with household and family chores after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She cared for her mother-in-law, husband, and cousin during their battles with ill-nesses and final stages of life.
We remember Lorraine as a woman whose love for her family knew no limits. She adored her children and grandchildren and formed special bonds with each of them. Her family was everything to her, and she meant the world to her family. She stepped into the role of Baba Lorraine with open arms and an enormous heart; there was nothing she wouldn’t do for her children and grandchildren. Lorraine was surrounded by her family during her final stage of life.
Cooking was an important part of Lorraine’s identi-ty. She was most famous for her chicken soup and S-cookies and she loved to spread joy and comfort through sharing her cooking with others. She always had a freezer stocked with homemade meals and anytime a family member felt unwell, she was at the ready with a batch of “Jewish penicillin”.
Lorraine had a diverse and eclectic resume that in-cluded office work for all three Jewish Newspapers, including The Jewish Post, The Western Jewish News, and The Yiddeshe Vort. Later she worked as office staff at Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate and As-troid Management. Her final job was an 11-year tenure as a clerk for the City of Winnipeg’s Assess-ment Department.
Lorraine loved sharing stories with everyone and had a special way of getting lost in a story. Any-one who had the pleasure of listening to one of Lor-raine’s stories knows how her mood instantly lit up when she had the opportunity to share. Her stories, alongside her recipes, will live on through her loved ones.
The funeral was held at the Chesed Shel Emes on Tuesday March 26, followed by a burial service at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Blake Nichols, Justin Odwak, Cal & Asher Reich, Brian Rosenberg, Wil Scheiring, Sean Smith, and Micah Sommer. Honorary pallbearers were Mickey Rosenberg & Alan Schweid.
The family wishes to thank the numerous health-care staff who participated in Lorraine’s care over the past couple of months, especially the wonderful staff at the Health Sciences Centre H3 surgical unit, Drs. Bubis, Goldenberg, Lipschitz, Shell, and Visser.

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EDWARD PERRY REISS April 30, 1935 – February 20, 2024

Ed was born in Poland in 1935 and fled to Canada in 1939 with his parents Raizel and Ira and older brothers Harry and Sam. The family settled in Edenbridge, SK where they farmed and where sister Ida was born.
In high school, the family moved to Winnipeg where Ed attended St. John’s before attending the University of Manitoba and finishing at the University of Western Ontario.
In 1968, Ed met his wife Barbara playing badminton at the YMHA. They were married three months later and left for New York where Ed trained as a stockbroker on Wall Street. Returning to Winnipeg, Ed worked as a broker for years before joining Barbara in what became the family business, Desserts Plus. They worked together for close to 40 years.
In 1971 daughter Lisa was born followed by Pam in 1974. Ed loved spending time with his family at their cottage near Kenora or on many road trips around North America and trips around the world. We were blessed and fortunate to be able to enjoy our time together.
Ed is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara; daughter Pam and his buddy Farfel, as well as his brother Sam, sister Ida Alpern and in-laws, Len and Lynne Shapiro, Honey Kowall, and nephews and nieces.
Ed was predeceased by his dear daughter Lisa, parents, Raizel and Ira, in-laws, Irene and Joe Shapiro, brother Harry, sisters-in-law, Vicky and Bayla, brothers-in-law, Saul Alpern and David Shapiro.
The family thanks the wonderful staff at the Simkin Centre who were very supportive and caring during his time there. And our deep thanks to Cantor Tracy Kasner for performing the burial ceremony with kindness and sensitivity.
Ed was a man of integrity, intelligence, honesty, wit, and above all else, he loved his girls.

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PHILIP KAHANOVITCH

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Philip Kahanovitch in Winnipeg, MB on Thursday, February 29, 2024.
Philip will be remembered by his dear son Joshua; brother David; niece and nephews, Deborah, Aaron and Jonathan. Philip was predeceased by his loving wife Susan, parents, Moses and Esther, brother Gerry, and sister-in-law Risa.
Philip was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Philip loved travelling on cruises and throughout both North America and Europe. Philip will be remembered for his career as a teacher in both Altona, Neepawa, and Winnipeg, and for his long standing practice as a professional accountant. Philip adored dogs, particularly terriers, and owned several furry companions over the years, including his beloved Hamish.
Following a service, Philip was interred at Rosh Pina Cemetery. If loved ones desire, a memorial donation can be made to a charity of their choice.

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