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Schwartz Gertie edited 1It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our cherished Mother, Baba, and Great Baba Gertie Schwartz at the age of 96. She passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 5th at her home in Toronto where she resided for the last 10 years.

Gertie was predeceased by her loving husband of 50 years Harry (Hashie), parents Sam and Maeta Priesel, sisters Berte Sera and Anne Erenberg, and daughter-in-law Ronda.
She is lovingly remembered by her children Howie (Kathy), Maureen, and Ken (Gayla), as well as her grandchildren Brad (Donna), Devin (Melanie), Rayna (Bas), Lisa, Carly, Ali, and Lindsey. She will also be missed by her great grandchildren Shiffy, Chani, Rochelle, Rivki, Yitzi, Esti, Sara Aliza, Shevi, Benson, and Oliver, as well as sister-in-law Lucy Slusky, and many nieces and nephews.
Born August 29th, 1925 in Poland, Gertie emigrated to Canada with her family at the age of 3, first to Hoffer, Saskatchewan, and then to Winnipeg shortly thereafter.
Gertie’s early years were difficult, losing her mother when she was only 13. When she was 21, Gertie met Hashie, the love of her life, on a blind date. Six months later they were married spending 50 wonderful years together. They loved their many vacations to Florida, Hawaii, and later Palm Springs as well as their summers at the cottage at Falcon Lake.
Gertie was known as “Auntie Gertie” not only to her nieces and nephews, but to all the neighbourhood children, friends of her children, as well as the children of her many friends. Everyone was welcome in Gertie’s home.
During the last years of her life Gertie experienced numerous health problems, but nothing kept her down. We used to joke about her having 9 lives! Despite this, her mind was sharp, never forgetting anything or anyone.
At age 87 Gertie moved to Baycrest Terraces inToronto to be closer to family there, and to get to know her grandchildren better. She insisted she really wasn’t interested in making new friends. A month later she was playing Bridge 3 times a week and even teaching the game to beginners, as well sitting on committees.
Gertie had a thirst for knowledge. She was interested in everything and everyone around her, making new friends wherever she went. In her 80’s she embraced technology and spent hours every day at her computer either emailing friends and family, on Facebook or reading the Free Press. In the last few years Alexa became her best friend as she listened to Jets and Bomber games, and CJOB.
Gertie was always happy for other people’s success, and genuinely empathized with their disappointments. The eternal optimist, she always said “When one door closes, another one opens”.
We can only strive to be the kind of inspiring and dedicated person Gertie was, and hope to live a long life with a sharp mind and loving heart, and the same positive attitude which she has shown to us all.
What more can we ask for…a long life, respect, and to be loved by all!
Donations in Gertie’s memory may be made to the Gertie and Harry (Hash) Schwartz Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Winnipeg, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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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.

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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.

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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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