If you are reading this obituary you probably are reading it with a smile on your face. A memory of Frances would always be filled with stories of kindness, intelligence and humour.
The Settler home on Niagara was the best. Frances’s three children, Len, Miriam and Seymour, grew up in a home full of love and fun. It was a place teeming with all variety of books – with classical music and opera. The home was imbued with the smells of cooking, which was always delicious and home-made. Frances loved to cook for her family, loved watching everyone eat, and loved to talk about food and try new recipes. Frances had undeniable love for her family; it was constant and unbreakable. She kept her thoughts to herself – and was never critical of anyone, especially her children.
Frances would frequent the WSO with her husband Moishe as season ticket holders and, after Moishe died, would continue to attend with friends or by herself. Whether it was the ballet, symphony, MTC, PTE, or the opera, she would be there: energetic, sharp, inquisitive, ageless even in her nineties, and often with her car parked outside to drive herself home.
Frances was a spectacular woman, exuberant, with a ferocious independence of mind, and totally unwearied investment in the world. She loved discussing world events and always had an opinion – which she would share, but not before she listened to what you had to say. Frances was always friendly to new faces. She took great pleasure in meeting new people and was always so warm, tolerant, accepting and inviting.
Frances “lived” – in the full sense of the word, nearly a century. She expressed an interest in everyone and everything. She traveled the world with Moishe and they gave their grandchildren indelible experiences. One such trip was a ski trip to Banff, driving in December (along with a giant icebox of food), and taking four grandchildren skiing.
In her later years she played with and fawned over a growing multitude of 12 great-grandchildren. She made so many new friends, whom she kept over a lifetime. She opened herself to art, purely for the love of it. She was well known as a valuable volunteer at Art Rental at the WAG.
What defined Frances? Her intelligence, her interest in everyone and everything, her thoughtfulness, her smile……
Frances was predeceased by: her husband Moishe, and brother Harold Bookbinder, brothers-in-law Bert Settler and Al Waisman, sisters-in-law Ruth Zoltok and Faye Settler, and nephew Louis Bookbinder. She is survived by: her children, Len, Seymour, Miriam, and son-in-law Gary; her grandchildren, Laine, Courtney, Jonah, Jess, Janna, Leslee, Carly, Melissa, Michael, and Maddy; and 12 great-grandchildren. The great-grandchildren called her, appropriately, “Great Frances” as “Great Grandma Frances” was just too much to say. That name was perfect to describe Frances. Frances is also survived by: her brother and sister-in-law Arnold and Sally Bookbinder; sisters-in-law Laura Bookbinder and Faigie Waisman; along with nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank St. Boniface Hospital Emergency and Unit 5B for allowing our mother to have a death with comfort and dignity. Also, thank you to Maria Arbuthnot, Sonia Bermudez and Lucy Smith, for their devotion in caring for Frances.
Your memory is a blessing, Mom. We love you.
Our loving mom and baba, Sherry Chochinov, passed away on January 7, 2024, at the age of 97.
She was predeceased by her husband Ben Chochinov; her parents, Chana and Max Rubinfield; and her sister Naomi Wolfe. She leaves behind her brother Jack Rubinfield; sister Eddy Werier (Lawrence); children, Alecs (Ruth Graham), Cindy (Charles Guberman), Lori (Andy Rafelman), Shale (Sary) and Michelle (Morry Murad); and grandchildren, Janna (Peter), Michael (Nataliia), Matthew, Noah, Ethan, Leah, Adam, Maya, Sydney, Annie, Eden and Jonah.
Sherry was born Sarah Rubinfield in a small town near Mokre, Poland. She immigrated to Canada in 1929, at the age of four. Canada was much safer than Europe in those years for a Jewish family but was also on the threshold of a depression. Her family lived in the back of a small grocery store on Alfred Avenue, across from Isaac Newton, where she went to school. She didn’t know it at the time, but she would grow to have a life of incredible richness, though not in the literal sense.
As a young teen, Sarah wanted a more modern, fashionable name so when her friends nicknamed her Sherry, it stuck. While her younger siblings played tennis and volleyball, socializing was Sherry’s preferred sport. She regaled her kids with stories about her dates as a teenager, but once Ben came into the picture, that was it. They were together for 73 years and she gave up her social life almost entirely, but willingly, for her family.
Mom waited seven years before Alecs was born but by the age of 45 she had five children and a vibrant household, where there was never a quiet moment, only the sounds of children. Those sounds were music to mom’s ears.
Sherry was a beautiful young mother, in every sense of the word. In the early 1960s, her shopping excursions with the kids left indelible memories. Lori and Cindy would watch with rapt attention as she transformed into a model from Vogue magazine, putting on her lipstick, gloves, fancy hat and outfit. A day at The Bay would often end at the Paddlewheel, with chocolate cream pie for all of us, Sherry included. She really seemed like the perfect mom – glamorous, nurturing, gentle, patient and happy.
Later, as teenagers, she’d wait up for us with coffee and cinnamon buns on Friday and Saturday nights, and we’d chat for hours. Mom was eternally curious about the details of our lives and those of our close friends.
Even after the kids left home – each departure a great upheaval and one of the rare times we would see mom cry – she called her daughters every day for years, until they had stable relationships of their own. She just needed to know that her babies were safe, even though the youngest of those babies was already an anesthesiologist in Toronto.
Sherry had an unflinching belief in the ability of her kids to achieve whatever they put their minds to, which gave us the confidence to be independent and successful in our own lives.
She knew who she was, lived life on her terms and didn’t care a whit about what anyone else thought. She was as strong, smart and determined as they came, yet incredibly gentle. Her independence of mind and stubbornness were hallmarks till the end, and her eccentricities will be the stuff of family legend.
Sherry’s home was a haven for her and her brood for her entire life. She is still at home now, in the only lasting home we can ever have, in the hearts and loving memories of her kids and grandkids, where she will remain, smiling, forever.
Mom’s generosity extended to everyone she touched in her life and was especially evident in her relationship with the ladies who cared for her these last eight years, after Ben passed away: Shirley Halpenny, Cresilda Magno, Susan Genido, Lisa Comia and Gloria Laconico. Sherry had a special relationship with each of them, and they clearly loved and took exceptional care of her. Our family will be forever grateful for their devotion and kindness.
Donations can be made to the Sherry and Ben Chochinov Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.
Dr. LEONARD KAHANE
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.
Born January 16, 1961 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Predeceased by his father Herbert, grandparents Murray and Lillian Roberts, and Jack and Edith Tapley, and niece Cassie. Neil is mourned by his beloved mother Corrine (Roberts), son Christian Poisson, brother Mark and his wife Tannis (Hamilton), and their children, Brian, Hailee and Merileen, brother Spencer, and his children, Cale and Colton.
Neil grew up in River Heights and Tuxedo and at a young age sought out having fun, travelling all over North America as a carny with Conklin Shows. He eventually settled in Vancouver where he spent many years as a successful car salesman, then as a property manager.
Neil’s passion for BMX biking, motorcycles and music were the loves of his life until he became a very proud father to Christian and loved mentoring him with a gleam in his eye.
Neil was involved in a terrible accident in October 2019. His fight post-accident was indicative of his strength and tenacity, but in no way defined his love of life and family. Neil always exuded happiness and positivity.
Neil passed on January 10, 2024 in Vancouver, BC with his family by his side. The Tapley family would like to thank all those responsible for the wonderful support and care Neil was given at Surrey Memorial Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital over the years, as well as the amazing care and compassion he received at The Finnish Home, where Neil resided after his accident until his passing.
Funeral services were held at Temple Sholom Cemetery and subsequent Shiva at Temple Sholom Synagogue with Rabbi Dan Moskovitz officiating. Pallbearers were brothers Spencer and Mark, sister-in-law Tannis, and nephews Brian, Cale and Colton.
Donations can be made to Temple Sholom Synagogue, 7190 Oak St, Vancouver, BC, V6P 3Z9, Phone (604) 266-7190, or a charity of your choice.
May his memory always be a blessing and warm the hearts of those that knew him.