March 20, 1925 – January 9, 2024
Dr. Leonard Kahane died peacefully on January 9, 2024, in his 98th year, at St. Boniface Hospital.
Left to cherish his memory are his sons, James and Grant (Sylviane), and adored grandchildren, Alyssa and Israel.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife Hope, and his loving and dedicated parents, Abraham and Elizabeth. Leonard was very close with his late brothers, Jack, Maurice and Bernard.
Leonard shared numerous special times with his nieces and nephews, Adam, David, Jed, Barbara, Ruth, Debbie, Joanie, Kerry and Joel, who loved and admired him.
Leonard embraced adventure, had incredible energy and maintained optimism throughout his long life. He skied the mountains of Utah when he was 80 and played racquetball until he was 90.
Leonard was born March 20, 1925, in Winnipeg. He recounted many happy memories of his childhood in the Riverview area of Winnipeg. He attended Riverview Elementary School and Gordon Bell High, where he excelled in track and field. Some of Leonard’s lifelong friendships began at the Y on Albert Street.
He attended the Faculty of Dentistry of Northwestern University in Chicago and graduated in 1949. Leonard practiced dentistry at his office on Corydon and Waterloo in Winnipeg from 1951 until 1995, retiring at 70. He excelled at his profession. He was highly respected by his professional peers, many of whom said he produced Winnipeg’s best restorative dental work during that time. Leonard had a deep interest in and close rapport with many of his patients. He taught at the University of Manitoba Dental School, served as president of the Canadian Association of Restorative Dentistry and was active in the American Academy of Gold Foil Operators. Assisted by Hope, Leonard served as a volunteer dentist on the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia as well as Grise Fjord on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic.
Leonard’s many interests included golf, curling, skiing and scuba diving, and he and Hope enjoyed many years of square dancing and hiking in Arizona. They boated for 52 years, first on Lake Winnipeg, navigating to places such as Berens River and Norway House, and then on the Lake of the Woods. They became friends with many other boaters and he served as Commodore of the Royal Manitoba Yacht Club.
Following his retirement, for many years Leonard filled his days sculpting beautiful, large marble and other stone pieces: most of his works are in Winnipeg residences and businesses that bought them from charities to which Leonard donated his work.
Funeral services were officiated graveside by Rabbi Anibal Mass. Pallbearers were Alyssa Kahane, Grant Kahane, Israel Kahane, James Kahane, Joel Tatelman and Alan Madick.
The family wishes to thank Leonard’s physicians, Dr. John Rabson and Dr. Jose Villeda, as well as his caregivers, Cecilia, Gena, Joan and Mulu, from Cindy St. Hilaire’s Blossoms Senior Care.
Charitable donations in honour of Leonard Kahane may be made to either the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba Dr. Leonard Kahane and Hope Kahane Fund (204) 477 7520, Harvest Manitoba Foodbank (204) 982 3581, or to the charity of your choice.
FREDERICK (RICK) SHATSKY
It is with great sadness that the family of Rick Shatsky announce his passing on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at the age of 85.
Rick was predeceased by his parents, Bert and Marjorie Shatsky, sister Susan Ross, and his wife Corrine Shatsky (Shore). Rick is survived by his son Myles, daughter Patti, son-in-law Michael Charach, and his grandchildren, Samuel and Carrie.
Rick was an avid sports fan, trivia buff, and had a genuine interest in getting to know people. His outgoing personality was well suited to sales and he held several positions with his last role as a long serving employee at Canadian Footwear.
A loving and devoted husband and father to both his children. He shared an extraordinary bond with his son Myles – their shared interests, love of all sports, and travel to sunny destinations brought him much joy. He loved being a grandfather and his grandchildren affectionately referred to him as Papa Rick.
Interment took place at Shaarey Zedek Memorial Park on Monday, February 19.
Thank you to Dr. David Hochman, Dr. Christina Kim, Dr Bashear, and to the staff at the Victoria Hospital for their care and compassion.
Donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba.
BARBARA JEAN WERIER
It is with great sadness our family shares the passing of our beloved mother and grandmother, Barbara Jean Werier, who passed away peacefully on February 6 with family by her side. She was 91 years of age.
She was predeceased by her husband Samuel Werier, and her sister Ann Jason. She is survived by her son’s Joel (Madelaine) and Alan, and her cherished grandchildren Samuel and Rachel.
Barbara was born in the north end of Winnipeg in 1932. She and her younger sister Ann developed a strong bond that would continue well into adulthood. One of her first employment opportunities was with Winnipeg Central Mortgage and Housing, which she spoke fondly of over the years. In 1965 she married her love, Samuel Werier, and they embarked on a 28-year long journey of love, family, and business.
Mom was devoted to her family and children and took great pride in their successes and was always a support in times of disappointment. She was in many ways self-made, and self-taught, and when her husband Samuel passed away in 1993, she continued to run the ‘family business’ J. Werier & Co, on the corner of Princess and Alexander, for the next 25 years.
She was strong, witty and had a tireless work ethic, and always demonstrated kindness and understanding – and she could stand her ground. She taught us how to be good people, and to appreciate the world around us.
Mom found great peace, happiness, and inspiration from a small family cottage in The Whiteshell, where many summer weekends were spent. She found great solace in nature, landscaping, and gardening. She could often be seen walking the trails at the cottage with a pruning saw in her hand. She understood ecology and sustainability before it was fashionable, composted for as long as we can remember, and refused to use fertilizers and chemicals to protect the animals and lakes that she loved.
Mom was the rock and glue of our family. She selflessly supported her family and all around her throughout her life. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to surround her with family and return that support over the last few years. A special thanks to Rodney Chester Larios, who provided exceptional care and became an extended member of our family.
Donations can be made to the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.
CLARICE DANZKER (née YAREN) December 29, 1924 -January 9, 2024
After a life well-lived, the family of Clarice Danzker announces her passing on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at the age of 99.
Clarice was born in Winnipeg to Nessie and Abraham Yaren, exactly 3 years to the day after her future husband, Ernie. She was the youngest of five children. She grew up in Winnipeg’s North End during the depression, and always described her childhood as happy. Her passing marks the end of an entire era as the last of her generation on both sides of the Danzker and Yaren families. She is survived by her children, Simmie (Larry) Nasberg, Lainey Danzker (Michael Werier), her grandchildren Steven Werier (Kimi Wertman), Alissa Nasberg, Nessa Werier(Jason Lichtman ), Benji Nasberg, her great-grandchildren Jacob, Sofie and Ozzie. She was pre-deceased by her husband Ernie, her siblings Lil Popeski, Jack Yaren, Harry Yaren, Sima Yaren and many in-laws, nieces & nephews.
Clarice and Ernie met on a blind date over a game of bridge. They were married in the great flood of 1950 and as the story goes, they relocated their wedding from the Alexandra Hotel to a relative’s home, which they accessed by boat. This elegant lovely woman, together with Ernie, the gregarious man who was her inseparable partner for over 60 years of marriage, built and sustained a family full of happiness, empathy, and love at which they were the constant center. Their home was characterized by singsongs, guitar, laughter and people on every possible occasion.
In the way she lived, Clarice taught those around her invaluable lessons. She was the eternal optimist, always finding something to be happy about. Nothing gave her more joy in her last years than spending time with her great-grandchildren. She was open-minded, progressive, fair, insightful, and dedicated. She treated everyone with respect & had a kind word for all. She was a person of strong convictions. She lived by the philosophy of healthy mind and healthy body, and she remained active in both throughout her 99 years.
Clarice was involved in many organizations, National Council of Jewish Women, the Shaarey Zedek sisterhood, school organizations, camp organizations, and the arts, which she loved – the symphony, the ballet, the art gallery, the theater.
Clarice & Ernie & their family shared amazing times at Winnipeg Beach, Naples, Florida and over 30 winters in Rancho Mirage, California, honing their golf skills and mastering their bridge games. They made lifelong friends everywhere they went.
Clarice always said “your visits made my day”, but it was she who made ours magical.
The family would like to thank Tess, Baby, Maybelle, and Letty for their dignified care these last months and Dr. Kristen Creek for her exceptional and compassionate care.
Funeral services were held on January 11, 2024
Donations in Clarice’s honour may be made to the Ernie and Clarice Danzker Family Fund, c/o The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba or to a charity of your choice.