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LOUIS BERNSTEIN

louis bernsteinLouis Bernstein passed away on March 18, 2019 in the loving arms of his wife Clara.

Lou was predeceased by his parents Eva and Isaac Bernstein and sisters Bette Shapiro, Ann Banks and Tootsie Plotka. He is survived by his wife Clara, children Barbara and David Goldenberg, Roz and Marty Greenfeld, Keevin and Faren Bernstein, and Chutch and Evelyn Bernstein; his grandchildren Eli  and Jenny Goldenberg, Sari Goldenberg and Daniel Borok, Benji Goldenberg and Ronit Kantarzhi, Joshua Greenfeld and Jodi Kravetsky, Jay Greenfeld and Ashley Cabernel, Amy and Daniel Dorsch, Kylie Bernstein and Tyler Benson, Brayden Bernstein, Griffin Bernstein, Matthew Bernstein, Lexie Bernstein and Cole Grossinger; his 11 great grandchildren Lucas, Molly, Nate, Asher, Reid, Jaxon, Kal, Hymie, Herschell, Zev and Haley; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Sandra and Hal Rubin and many adoring nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.   

Lou was born on Erev Passover in Romania in 1926 and immigrated to Canada at age 6 months. He grew up in Winnipeg’s North End where he spent his youth working in his father’s grocery store, attending St Johns Tech and developing a legendary reputation as a star football player. He continued his football feats at the University of Manitoba. He declined an offer for a football scholarship at the University of Miami and instead married his beloved Clara. In 1948 he opened a grocery store on Mulvey and Daly and then in 1956 he joined London Life Insurance Company where he had a successful career that spanned 35 years.   

Our parents were childhood sweethearts and were married for 71 years. Theirs was an exemplary marriage and enduring love story. His children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were his greatest joy and source of pride. His capacity for extending his warmth, humour and affection to all was boundless. He approached people, those he knew and those he didn’t, with a smile and a song. He truly considered himself enormously enriched from the reciprocal love and affection of those whose paths he crossed, throughout his entire life. He has left us with a legacy of how to lead one’s life and to live it to the fullest.
In the short time since his death, the family has received dozens of messages from all over the world from friends and family whose lives he touched; all with the same theme of the smiles, if not laughter they experienced every time in his presence. The love his children’s and grandchildren’s friends have for him is simply extraordinary. There will never be another Lou Bernstein.

 His pallbearers were his seven grandsons Eli, Josh, Jay, Benji, Matthew, Brayden, and Griffin. Honorary pall bearer was Dr Neil Margolis, a beloved family friend, who saved Lou’s life during a cardiac arrest in 1995.   The family would like to extend a special thanks to Joe, Marty and Marcelo, his wonderful caregivers in these last more difficult few months; to his many caring doctors, but especially Dr John Embil who went beyond the usual call of duty giving Lou care; to the wonderful staff and neighbours at Hampton Green, especially Jim and Doreen Yamashita. Donations may be made to the Rady Jewish Community Centre

(To paraphrase Dan Fogelberg, 1982)
The leader of the band is tired
And his eyes are growing old
But his blood runs through us instruments
And his song is in our soul
Our lives have been a weak attempt to imitate the man
We’re just a living legacy to the leader of the band.

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ETHEL CHOCHINOV March 28, 1933 – January 17, 2024

Ethel was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan in 1933, and moved to Winnipeg as a young girl with her parents, Beatrice and Isaac Shnider and her brother Sol. She grew up on Glenwood Crescent on the east side of the Red River, ate raspberries and apples from the garden, loved school, and played with her best friend, Audrey Vineberg who lived down the street, She had a happy girlhood. As a smart, talented and driven young woman, she dreamed of becoming a doctor, but was talked out of it by her brother (women weren’t all that welcome into Medical School back then), so went into Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba instead. She graduated in 1955 with the silver medal, losing out to Audrey for the gold by only one point.
But she won the biggest prize anyway, because that’s where she met Earl Chochinov, a fellow Pharmacy classmate. They locked eyes and began the next, best and lasting chapter of Ethel’s life. Married in 1956, they became partners in love, life and business. Starting with the purchase of their first store—Eldorado Drugs on Henderson Highway—they retired 30 years later as the proud owners and operators of a successful chain of four retail drugstores across the city. Ethel was a full partner, controller, office manager, and decision-maker with Earl in their enterprise. She worked hard and loved being an independent career woman. Later as a retiree, she used her proven management and financial skills in both paid and volunteer capacities. From 1987 – 2000, she was a part-time Management Services Program Advisor to family businesses with the Business Development Bank of Canada. As an active and committed volunteer, she was secretary/treasurer of her strata council for many years, and held many executive roles at the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria – her beloved organization that became like a second home to her and Earl for over three decades.
Ethel had a rich and active personal life – family, friends, tennis, golf, volunteering, and then a major move across the country to Victoria, BC in 1994. Always in the company of Earl (except for one single night when he went on a business trip to Flin Flon, and when one of them was in the hospital), they created a glorious life on the west coast that became their cherished home ever since. The years were full of adventures in travel, a community of wonderful friends that became their “fRamily”, winters in Palm Springs, pilates, more golf, tennis, entertaining, Mah Jong and late-night online poker.
Ethel was a devoted mother and bubbie, always so supportive of her kids’ many interests, educational pursuits, and very proud of the careers they chose and the marriages they made. She had a special bond with her only grandchild, Bronwyn, who made her heart even bigger with every visit and conversation. She was a woman whose sharp mind, unwavering loyalty and dedication to supporting others were the defining attributes of who she was in this world. Her enduring and devoted love story with Earl will one day be made into an Oscar-winning movie.
Ethel is survived by Earl, daughter Deena (Eric Posen), son Allan (Victoria Brown), and granddaughter Bronwyn.
The family sends their endless gratitude and thanks to Drs.Ted and Priya Rosenberg of Home Team Medical, and the entire staff at Amica Douglas House. These compassionate and expert professionals took outstanding care of Ethel, and offered her their unwavering support and kind attention every single day.
Funeral services were held at Hatley Jewish Cemetery, Victoria, BC on Friday, January 19.
Donations to honour Ethel’s blessed memory can be made to the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria https://jccvictoria.ca

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PAUL (FEIVEL) GRANOVSKY May 19, 1931 – December 26, 2023

Paul, of blessed memory, passed away the 15th of Tevet, 5784.


Paul is survived by his wife of 25 years, Claire Breslaw, his daughter Sharon, son Stephen (Ferne), grandchildren Kevin (Anna), Allison (Rob), Ben, Ava, and Sadie, great-grandson Maxwell, and his brother Bernie, as well by his stepchildren Susan (Tom) and Curtis (Sara), and step grandchildren, Sophie, Ethan, Malcolm, and Sam. He loved all deeply, without condition.


Paul was pre-deceased by his first wife of 32 years, Barbara, his sister Tybie, and his stepdaughter Shelley (Kevin).


Paul was proudly a life-long resident of Winnipeg. He was an icon on the Manitoba sports scene. Paul was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the infamous Stellars who won Canadian Championships in basketball in 1950 and 1951. He was also one of the best tennis players in the province, earning an athletic scholarship to Bemidji State for both tennis and basketball. At a time when few left Winnipeg for school, Paul went on to the University of Illinois to earn his Masters in Education and as a PhD candidate in Colorado.


Paul left Colorado before completing his PhD to tend to his first wife Barbara who had fallen ill. Barbara would recover. Paul fell in love with teaching and remained in Winnipeg as a high school teacher and coach for more than 30 years. “Mr. G”, as he was affectionately known by his students, was beloved for his totally approachable demeanour, quick wit, and his complete dedication to each student individually. He always was one who volunteered to staff student trips abroad and, while his focus was basketball, Paul also coached many sports teams over the years, mentoring athletes who would go on to represent Canada and participate in the Olympics.


Paul was active at Rosh Pina synagogue, spending a term as Vice President. He was fluent in Yiddish, proud of his daughter for carrying on the Yiddish legacy; while maybe a tad embarrassed of his son’s lack of “linguistic abilities”.


Paul’s humility was surpassed only by his achievements. He regaled nobody with his stories; even his children knew precious few details of his many accolades. Paul was content and his modesty defined him.
Paul’s first wife Barbara fell ill again in 1994 and, as was Paul’s way, he left teaching to initially travel extensively with Barbara and then go on to support her by her bedside; twelve hours each day over her final months.
Paul and Claire married in 1998. Theirs was a late in life love affair that lasted 25 years. Rarely apart, Paul was as dedicated to Claire as she was to him; together they brought the Breslaw and Granovsky families together as one.


Paul was not just a husband or partner to Barbara and to Claire. He was a true soulmate. Paul was simply an awesome role model for everyone who met him.
The family is ever thankful to the staff of Grace Hospital, 5 North. As everyone, they loved Paul. They took great care of Paul in his final weeks and the family owes a debt of gratitude. A special thanks to Dr. George and Dr. Joshua.


Donations in Paul’s honor may be made to the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba – The Breslaw/Granovsky Fund. (www.jewishfoundation.org/how-to-give) or to the Grace Hospital Foundation (www.gracehospitalfoundation.ca/ways-to-help)

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WENDY DURNO LYONS, (KOLBA)

It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Wendy Durno Lyons on Tuesday, December 12TH, 2023 at St. Boniface Hospital.
Wendy was predeceased by her parents; Mike and Elsie Kolba, sister; Kim Kolba, nephew; Shawn Kolba and her in-laws; Joe and Sadie Lyons. Mourning her loss are her husband, Norman after 41 plus years of marriage, her beloved children Zasha and Randy whom she loved with all her heart, and grandchildren; Carmen and Iliana whom she adored with her whole being. Sisters; Donna and Foster Daniels, Bev and Andy Shalagan, Janice and Guy Sicotte, Michele and Gary Cook, Mona and Don Gross, Enid Lyons and Vic Wonnacott as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and one great, great nephew.
Wendy was born on August 6TH, 1951 and lived a life filled with love, happiness and an abundance of cheekiness, laughter, wittiness. From her late teens until her retirement, Wendy worked hard and was always there to extend a hand to those who called on her for help. Wendy absolutely adored her husband Norman whom she wed on August 19TH, 1982. Wendy doted on her nieces and nephews whom she loved and adored. Wendy was the matriarch of the family, she had an open-door policy to family and friends who wished to come and visit and was the epitome of grace, humility, and kindness, she was loved by all those who knew her. Wendy was a fabulous woman who loved fashion, new hair trends, and anything that sparkled.
Wendy was a “jack of all trades,” she could fix whatever needed to be fixed. Wendy was a phenomenal cook and baker, forever trying new recipes and baking with her granddaughters. She always ensured everyone was well fed. Wendy operated the restaurant at The Grain Exchange Curling Club for numerous years, all those who partook of her culinary delights raved at her magic. As part of her employment, Wendy was a Noon Meal Cook with Manitoba Housing Food Services primarily at 601 Osborne and 22 Strauss where she excelled in ensuring that her clients got nutritious meals, she always took care of everyone, she was held in high regard and her clients respected and appreciated her tremendously. All of her hard work eventually took its toll on Wendy’s health which had a profound impact on her ability to do the many things that she loved to do in the past. Norman, Randy, Zasha, Carmen, and Iliana stepped up and assisted in every way that they could to ensure she remained happy, smiling, comfortable, and still able to do what she loved.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of her doctors in charge of her primary care as well as the nurses and Home Care workers both in Osborne Village and Maples Inkster area for their tender loving care for Wendy especially over the last three years. Graveside Service with Livestreaming was held on Friday, December 15TH at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery with Rabbi Anabiel Maas conducting.
Rest in peace and please suffer no more.

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