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FANNY MOCK (nee Gerb) 1915-2018

FANNY MOCKPeacefully, with dignity and grace, Fanny Mock, age 103, passed away at the Simkin Centre on Sunday, August 5, 2018.

Fanny was predeceased by her husband Edward, her parents Yankel and Cheenya Gorbacz, sisters Shirley Baron, Marsha Garfinkel, Clara Katz and brothers Saul and Max Gerb. Left to cherish her memories and celebrate her life are daughters Sally Levy (Clement), Elayne Mock, Dyan Lamirande, son Harv Mock (Donna), grandchildren Brad Bannon, Jeff Bannon (Brandie), Charmain Levy (Maurilio), Grayson Levy (Lisa) and nine great-grandchildren along with sister-in-law Anne Gerb, numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends upon whom she made a positive and lasting impact.

Born in the tiny Polish village of Mezericz in 1915, Fanny, at age 17, traveled alone across a wide ocean and vast new country to join other family members who preceded her to start a new and exciting chapter in her life in a bustling city called Winnipeg. Like innumerable immigrants before her Fanny embraced her new home with enthusiasm and vigor, enrolling in night classes to learn English while working during the day in the city’s garment trade.

Not long after arriving Fanny’s neighbors introduced her to a charismatic, handsome young man named Edward (Eddy) Mock to whom she became engaged and married, together forging a union that would last 53 years until his passing in 1987, and would produce four loving children, a warm, nurturing home built on a foundation of Yiddishkite, unconditional love, traditional values, and huge helpings of legendary cooking and baking.

Fanny had an indomitable spirit and commitment to giving and service. She was a founder of the Yiddish-speaking H. Levick B’nai Brith Lodge (now known as Jewish Women International) where she worked tirelessly for many worthwhile causes, most notably to gather and send clothes to needy orphans in Israel. For this, as well as her leadership and support, she was twice named B’nai Brith Woman of the Year.

The matriarch of our immediate and extended family, Fanny was the impetus for family celebrations, holiday dinners or any excuse to just get together to laugh, reminisce, share stories and, of course, overindulge in great food. Whether she was Ma, auntie, baba, Mrs. Mock or simply Fanny, she was a reliable source of compassion, wisdom, common sense and a spontaneous, infectious sense of humor. She was quick and genuine with a compliment, loved reading, looked forward to “her shows”, aka afternoon soap operas, and became a late-in-life country music fan, embracing the Grand Ole Opry in her mid-80’s.

Our mother was fortunate to enjoy good health virtually all her life. In fact, when she fell and broke a hip at age 99, doctors did not hesitate to conduct surgery, confident in her successful recovery. And they were right! After her hospital stay Fanny returned home to her own apartment, where she lived until just this past January when, at her own suggestion, she moved to the Simkin Centre where she soon became a favorite of staff and fellow residents alike who relished her quick wit, views on current affairs and her outgoing personality. Our family would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the entire staff at the Simkin Centre who treated our mother with care, compassion and respect during her brief residence there.

Fanny was an extraordinary woman. She possessed true strength of character, lived her life with ethics, dignity and purpose and, cliché as it may sound, truly made a difference in many, many lives.

Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Congregation Etz Chayim by Cantor Tracy Kasner Greaves with eulogies by son Harv Mock and grandson Jeff Bannon. Interment was at B’nay Abraham Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jack Solomon, Al Katz, Shane Solomon, Brad Bannon, Jeff Bannon and Michael Ritter.

Ma, as you rejoin Dad, Max, Saul, Shirley, Clara, Marsha and Baba and Zaida, rest peacefully knowing that we love you, and your heart and spirit will always be a part of us.

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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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