April 29, 1922 – November 29, 2018
After a long life well lived, Evelyn passed away peacefully on November 29, 2018.
She is survived by her children Norman (Marilyn), Harvey (Ruth) and Penny Sue; her grandchildren Aviva (Greg), Amy (Jason), Daniel, Ariel (Francesca), Hava (Mike), Alon (Meghan) and Eitan (Claudia); her great-grandchildren Sam, Isaac, Neorah, Jacob and Jordan; and her sister-in-law Laura Richman. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Eva and Morris Richman; her husband David Goldberg, to whom she was married for 59 years, her brothers and sisters-in-law Alfie and Rosalie Richman and Harold Richman; and all her generation of Gold(en)bergs.
Funeral services were held at Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, December 1, 2018, the first day of Hanukah. Rabbi Anibal Mass and her grandson, Rabbi Ariel Goldberg, officiated.
Evelyn was born and raised in the North End. After graduating from St. John’s Technical High School she trained to be a bookkeeper. After her children were in school she worked, first with Dave at his restaurant, the BA Lunch, and later in accounting, finishing her career as a valued employee of the Manitoba Public Insurance Company.
She enjoyed activities that challenged her mind: bridge, crossword puzzles, scrabble and jig saw puzzles. Even when dementia was clouding her mind she was able to play multiple cards at Simkin Centre bingo games. She was an avid reader.
Although she did not have the opportunity to attend university, she encouraged her children to get a higher education, and was very proud that Norman, Harvey and Penny Sue all got graduate degrees and had successful careers.
Part of a large family, and a intimate group of life long friends, she was encircled by love and friendship in good times and bad.
She had a wonderful smile and sense of joy in the simple things, especially seeing her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
She had a green thumb, her orchids always bloomed, and for many years had a large vegetable garden.
Evelyn was buried on the first day of Hanukah. Our tradition teaches that the shamesh gives light to the other candles without its own light being diminished. By giving it does not subtract, but it adds to the light in the world. Evelyn gave to others and it enriched her life and theirs. And now that her life is over it is up to those she loved to maintain the light that she transferred to us.
Donations may be made to the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, David and Evelyn Goldberg Fund, or to the MS Society. Memories of her brilliant smile will comfort us always.