Peacefully on January 22, 2017 Libby passed away, surrounded by family, at the age of 88 years.
Beloved wife, mother, sister, daughter, mother-in-law, babie, aunt, cousin and friend to many.
She was predeceased by her loving husband of 32 years, Bill, parents Margaret and Chaim Bookhalter, and her brother Herschal.
Libby will be deeply missed by her children Stuart (Kathi) Greenfield, Shauna (Darryl) Levy, and Murray Greenfield; her grandchildren Sara, Shae (Sara), Jory (Jessie), Will and Megan, great-grandson Jack, and her sister-in-law Elaine Bookhalter.
In her 88 years Libby lived a full life. She was born in Winnipeg and raised in Invermay, SK. Libby returned to Winnipeg to pursue a science degree at the University of Manitoba. After her second year, Libby left to run the family business during her father’s illness. Libby’s career included work at the Winnipeg Film Exchange, Astral Alliance Films and later managing the family business, The Remembrance Shop.
Family was central to Libby’s core. She met and married Bill, the love of her life, in October 1963. Libby embraced with all her heart Bill’s seven-year-old son Stuart as her own.
Libby and Bill together built a new life and a wonderful home for Stuart, Shauna and Murray filled with Jewish tradition and love. They opened their home and made everyone feel welcome and special. Their house became a gathering place; a social hub where many lifelong friends and family would come to share stories, laughter and long lasting Sabbath dinners and holiday meals.
Libby grew close to a number of family members and lifelong friends that remained a special part of her life. A day did not go by that they did not share the goings on of their lives as if they were sisters.
Libby loved sharing in her children’s successes whether they were children or adults. Her happiest moments were hearing of her grandchildren’s and great-grandchild’s milestones, adventures, school progress and just watching them grow up. The grandchildren made Libby young again.
For her children and grandchildren, they had a wonderful Mother and Babie who they could share their lives with, confide in, would always listen, and always provide encouragement. A calming voice to everyone, Libby was a sage, a provider of wisdom and advice, always with a reassuring manner.
Libby was a dedicated member of her community. She volunteered and supported numerous organizations, including Talmud Torah/JWC, the Israel Pavilion, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and Cancer Society. All her life she was actively involved in B’nai B’rith Women as a member, Chapter president and fundraiser for the Children’s Home in Israel. As recognition of her community involvement she received numerous awards including an appointment to the Multicultural Council of Canada.
Libby will always be remembered for her inner strength in facing life’s challenges, her great smile and the volumes she spoke with her beautiful expressive eyes.
A special thank you to Marga, Odelia and Winta who took such wonderful care of our mother.
Funeral services were held on January 24, 2017. Pallbearers were Shae Greenfield, Jory Greenfield, Will Levy, David Bookhalter, Jeff Goldstein and Marshall Zaitlan.
Mom and Dad rest in peace together.