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ESTHER KATZ

With deep sadness we announce the sudden and peaceful passing of Esther Katz on December 15, 2022, at the age of 92. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Fay-Lynn Katz, (Martin Krawitz), her grand-children, Matthew (Desiree), Cara (David Coodin), Jonathan (Rachel), great-grand-children, Miles, Lyla and Phoebe, sister-in-law, Thelma Shore, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, Edie and Minnie Shore, her husband, Morris, her two sons, David and Philip, and her brother, Victor Shore.
Esther was born in Winnipeg and had a happy childhood. She grew up alongside her big brother in a family home where all Jewish customs and traditions were observed. As a teenager she joined a Jewish youth group, where she met the love of her life, Morris. They married in 1951 and shared a wonderful life, blessed with the company of family and friends. Together, Morris and Esther ran Y-Not Grocery across from the University of Winnipeg, where the store still stands. They enjoyed travelling, especially with Victor and Thelma. Esther and Morris lovingly raised their two sons, providing them with Jewish education and instilling in both strong Jewish values.
Esther was a brave, resilient and independent woman. Although she suffered a number of tragic losses, after each she found the strength to move forward. Her youngest son, David, died suddenly in 1982; her husband, Morris, in 1985; and her son, Philip, in 2014. Throughout all of this adversity, Esther bravely soldiered on.
Esther maintained many lifelong friendships through neighbourhood activity, mah-jong, Bnai Brith Women’s bowling, National Council of Jewish Women, the YMHA Stay Young Club , the Shaarey Zedek seniors group and volunteer work .
Esther loved to walk, do crosswords, read, play cards and play games on the computer. She taught her grandchildren many card games. She was an amazing baker and shared her cookies with everyone. She loved to travel and visited many continents in her lifetime. Esther also enjoyed annual summer visits with her Toronto relatives at their cottage on Lake Muskoka. Above all else, Esther loved her family and, after the loss of her youngest son and husband, her focus became her son, Philip, daughter in-law, Fay-Lynn, and triplet grandchildren. Along with Fay-Lynn’s parents, Toby and Mayer Gutwilik, with whom she shared a very close friendship, Esther partnered in assisting to raise the triplets.
Esther was a wonderful and devoted grandmother who spent much of her time with her grandchildren, babysitting, crafting, playing cards and games, reading and driving them wherever they needed to go. She was blessed to have been at the triplets’ important events growing up, to have attended their b’nai mitvah, graduations, to have danced at their weddings and ultimately, to have met her great- grandchildren, Miles, Lyla and Phoebe.
Esther’s warm smile, her loving and sweet nature will be forever missed and remembered by her daughter-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The family would like to extend its appreciation and gratitude to the Shaftesbury Retirement Residence, the Simkin Centre, and to special caregivers, Merlyn and Lisa.
Graveside funeral services were held at the Rosh Pina Memorial Park on December 19, 2022, officiated by Rabbi Leibl. Pallbearers were Matthew Katz, Jonathan Katz, David Coodin, Ian Shore, Sheldon Mindell, and Bernie Adelman.
For those wishing, donations in Esther’s memory may be made to the Morris and Esther Katz Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.

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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. 

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GERTRUDE YUSIM

Trudy was born July 29, 1926 in Winnipeg. She grew up in River Heights, attended Mulvey Elementary, continued on to graduate from Gordon Bell High School, and studied at a technical college to become a bookkeeper.

Trudy and Moe Yusim married on June 30, 1952 and raised their family, Alan, Norman, Susan and Robert.

Trudy was smart, beautiful, poised, dignified and elegant. She enjoyed bowling, playing bridge (she was a Life Grand Master who played well into her 90s.)

Moe’s sudden death in 1977 was heartbreaking. and Trudy faced her heartbreak with resolve, determination, strength, and resilience.

Trudy continued to live in the family home for another 35 years. She was an amazing cook and her meals brought the whole family together many times a year and for holiday celebrations. It was hard for her to leave the family home after her health took a turn, but during her 12 years at the Shaftesbury Residence she found continued comfort and a place to be social, to join activities, and a place where she could proudly entertain her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

As a grandmother she was Nanny Trudy. Her love for and interest in everything her grandchildren and great- grandchildren were doing was obvious. She absorbed their interests and made them her own. She celebrated all their accomplishments and achievements, both personal and professional. 
Trudy passed away peacefully on January 8, 2024 at the Simkin Centre. The family is grateful for the tender care she received during her final months.  Trudy leaves behind her four children and their spouses, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents Rose and Max Thow and her beloved husband Moe and her great- grandson Leo.
The family would like to thank Rabbi Matthew Leibl for officiating at Trudy’s graveside service. As a long-time family friend his eulogy to Trudy was both personal and poignant.

In conclusion, here are words written by Trudy’s eldest granddaughter: 
“She was the strongest woman, going through the tragedy of losing her beloved husband suddenly and at a young age. Left with 4 children and without the love of her life. She persevered, and became a more independent woman than she ever was before. She still enjoyed life and continued on to live another 47 years with grace and love. She lived a full life of 97 years, with many different chapters. We love her and will miss her always.”

May Trudy Yusim be at peace.

And may her memory be a blessing.

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ANN NOVAK

Anne Novak (née Fink) passed away peacefully in her 100th year on January 24, 2024. She lived a life that spanned three continents and two centuries. Born in Sanok, Poland on March 18, 1923, Anne was the second of five siblings born to an observant Jewish family. Her early years in Poland were happy, but life became bleak when Hitler invaded in 1939. Before long the Fink family fled to their grandparents’ home in the Russian controlled part of Poland seeking safety. Unfortunately, the Russians deported the family to the depths of Siberia where they were resettled in work camps. The war years were filled with hunger and depravation, but ultimately six of the seven family members survived.

When the family was allowed to leave Siberia, they made their way to  Germany and ultimately to Canada.

By the time Anne arrived in Winnipeg in 1948, she had married her beloved husband Oscar Novak and had her first child Carol. Having worked in kindergartens in Russia and Germany, she got a job at the Peretz School as a kindergarten teacher. Like many other immigrants, her husband bought a small grocery store and the young family began to grow and thrive. Two more children, Phil and Allan, completed the Novak family.

Anne’s best times were with family. Her siblings Sally, Sol, and Ruth were an important part of daily life and all lived close by. Last year, they were designated by the Shoah Foundation as the oldest Holocaust survivor siblings in the world. Her son Allan Novak recently made a film about the Fink family which had its world premiere in New York six days before she died.

Anne also took great pride in her children, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren, delighting in their visits, family celebrations, and accomplishments. 

Anne was a wonderful cook and baker, making legendary tortes and cakes for special occasions. Food was love to her and she showered her family with tasty delicacies until well into her 90s. No visit to her kids in Toronto was complete without a box of food containing homemade treats.

Although she was a quiet and refined person, she also had a great sense of humour and enjoyed the funny side of life. She was always kind to the people around her and was the peacemaker in the family. 

The family would like to thank Dr. Hamedani and the nursing staff at the Grace Hospital for their kind attention in the final weeks of her life. 

She will be sadly missed by her surviving children and their spouses Carol and Brian Sevitt, Allan Novak and Keely Sherman, her grandchildren and their partners Julia Sevitt, David Sevitt and Alexa Abiscott, and Evan and Samantha Novak, and by her great-grandchildren Theo, Zac, Miles, Simone, Matthew and Phil.

In memoriam donations can be made to Jewish Child and Family Services of Winnipeg https://www.jcfswinnipeg.org/donate

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