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LOUIS COGAN

LouCoganOn Monday, July 16, 2018, Louis Cogan passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 83 surrounded by his family.


Predeceased by his parents David and Bertha Cogan, he is survived by his wife of 57 years Marcia (nee Katz), his children Susan (Yair Shachar-Hill), Karen (Neil Grahn), Joel (Jessica Cogan) and his grandchildren, David, Essie, Sydney, Becca, Rachel, Lauren, and Benjamin; brother Harvey Cogan (Nessie), sister Leya Tapper (Bernie), sister-in-law Adrienne Katz and many nieces and nephews.

Lou was born March 18, 1935 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, in what was then Fort William. He worked in a grocery store at the age of 15 and at 17 worked night shift at the Abitibi Paper Mill in Port Arthur. On Saturdays he worked up to 14 hours a day at Safeway as a bagger.  As a young man, he worked as a door-to-door salesman with his brother Harvey selling Fuller Brushes to save money for university.

He moved to Toronto to attend Dental School at the University of Toronto where he was an honour student and lived at the Alpha Omega Jewish Fraternity House. After graduating from Dentistry, he moved to Winnipeg in the fall of 1958, practicing for a short time in Emerson Manitoba.  He then spent nearly 40 years running highly successful dental practices in Windsor Park and on Marion Street in Winnipeg. Over the years he was actively involved as a member of the Manitoba Dental Society, the Winnipeg Dental Society and the Alpha Omega Fraternity serving as president and as regent.  He retired from dental practice in 1996 and focused on real estate and business endeavours.

Lou lived life to the fullest and enjoyed playing tennis and golf with friends at Glendale Country Club and schmoozing at The Asper Campus. He loved travel, fishing trips, spending time in Scottsdale, hockey games, listening to music of all kinds, and spending good times with family and dear friends.

The seeds of Jewish community involvement were planted in Young Judea and later he served as the President of the local chapter of Technion. An active participating member of the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, he was a Zionist and a strong supporter of the State of Israel visiting many times with his wife Marcia and taking his beloved father on two special occasions. He was dedicated to canvassing for Jewish causes and Israel and gave generously to both the Jewish community and the community at large. On September 28, 2004 he ensured his legacy would continue in perpetuity becoming a signer in the Endowment Book of Life for the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.

Family was everything to Lou and his love was returned in full measure. He was grateful to celebrate all his grandchildren’s B’nai Mitzvot and it was a lifetime highlight for him to celebrate his own second Bar Mitzvah at the age of 83.

The family gratefully appreciates the loving support of Heather Tapper, Hart Poskar, Lara London, and Rhiannon Boyko, and wishes to thank the many professionals who supported Lou through all his medical challenges including Chuck and Glenn from Meyers Drugs, the Heart Failure Clinic, Drs. Marvin Slutchuk, Pamela Katz, Grant Goldberg, Mark Clarke, Paul Komenda, Mel Bottner, and the Palliative Care Team. We are grateful for his kind and dedicated caregivers Rose Ruperto, Lynn Carmichael, Cherry May Pellegrino and Chris Ruedas.  Most especially, Lou relied on his nighttime caregiver Elvin Pellegrino, who went above and beyond to support Lou in every way possible.

Funeral services were held at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 2 pm. Pallbearers were Joel Cogan, Neil Grahn, Danny Hamburg, Hart Poskar, Yair Shachar-Hill and Norman Shore. Honourary Pallbearers were Zivie Chudnow, Jeff Koplovitch, David Shachar-Hill, Frank Short and Bernie Tapper.

Lou’s life was a life well lived. He will forever be missed and will always be remembered with love.

In lieu of flowers, donations in honour of Lou can be made to  the The Louis and Marcia Cogan Family Trust Fund through the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba (204)477-7520.

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BETTY ANN SEARLE (nee PRESSMAN)

Born – April 16, 1937 Passed Away – April 14, 2024

With broken hearts, we share the news of the unexpected, but peaceful, death of our dear mother, Betty Ann Searle, on April 14, 2024, just shy of her 87th birthday.

Betty is survived by her beloved husband of over 66 years, Samuel (Sam); children Sharna, Lorne (Barbara) and Beverlee (Barry); grandchildren Evan, Aaron, Jamie and Matthew; brother-in-law Garry Shapera; sister-in-law Eve Blank. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends will also dearly miss her.

Betty was predeceased by her parents Jack and Sally Pressman, and her only sibling, younger sister and close confidante, Doreen Shapera, as well as by other cherished family members including her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Born in Brandon, Manitoba, Betty lived in small Manitoba towns, moving to Weyburn, Saskatchewan, in 1948, where her father established Pressman’s Style Shop, a boys’ and men’s clothing store. Possessing evident early charm and people skills, Betty would bring a daily hot lunch to her father and mind the store while he ate. Later, she became her high school’s first female student council president.

Betty moved to Winnipeg in 1955 and soon met Sam at the Good Earth Restaurant, a popular hangout for young Jewish adults. They married in 1957 and a few years later settled into the house designed by Sam in Winnipeg’s North End. When the kids were a little older, Betty obtained an Early Childhood Education certificate from Red River Community College, worked at Peretz and Ramah schools, and became an active community volunteer. Among several positions, she served as Winnipeg Section president of the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada and manager of Art Rental and Sales at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. In later years, she remained peripherally involved with NCJWC and sat on the WAG’s advisory and foundation committees. In 1985, Betty graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a degree in economics and art history, landing a job as an account executive immediately thereafter.

Betty transformed the beautiful house Sam designed for them into a warm and welcoming home. With impeccable taste and a flair for fashion, mom, the quintessential hostess, entertained friends and family with style and good humour year-round. Betty also loved exploring the world. Her travels with Sam, and often with the whole family, included North American camping trips and ski holidays, adventures in Europe, China, Cuba, Israel, the Caribbean and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the latter becoming “home base” for several weeks every winter for 20 years. Closer to home, mom loved residing at the family cottage in Loni Beach (Gimli), MB, for July and August each year.

Betty and Sam shared a rich, cultural life in Winnipeg. They had season tickets to “everything”: symphony, opera, chamber music, theatre, ballet, jazz. Also passionate about family, mom keenly understood the importance of staying connected and taking the time to celebrate as many simchas together as possible, crisscrossing Canada and the United States to enjoy myriad milestone occasions with extended family. The same can be said regarding Betty’s lifelong friends.

Mom’s ultimate delight was the unbridled joy she experienced being with her grandchildren. Bobbie Betty couldn’t get enough of them and spared no expense to see them as often as possible. Toronto became a regular destination and the Gimli cottage became “grandchildren central” for several weeks each summer. She was an involved, interested Bobbie, and her grandchildren loved sharing the special times in their lives with her.

Betty passed away peacefully at the Seven Oaks General Hospital. We are grateful for the kindness and dignity with which the staff treated her. A heartfelt thank you, as well, to Sam’s wonderful care team at the house – Sharon, Violeta, Naomi, Jamie, Cheryl – for providing loving support to both dad and mom.

The graveside funeral service was held on April 17, 2024, at the Rosh Pina Memorial Park, warmly officiated by Rabbi Kliel Rose. The pallbearers were grandsons Evan Searle and Matthew Pearl, son-in-law Barry Pearl, cousin Selma Gilfix, great-niece Amy Braunstein and devoted nephew David Shapera.

Donations may be made to the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba’s “Betty Ann Searle Memorial Fund” or to a charitable organization supporting Winnipeg’s arts community.

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NEIL CHARACH July 23, 1935 – April 30, 2024

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, zaidie, brother, family and friend.

Neil was born in Winnipeg and grew up on Scotia Street. In 1952 he began learning his trade as a photographer at Charach Studios which was opened by his late father Irvine in 1928. Neil was a meticulous perfectionist and no detail was left to chance. Being a wedding photographer of over four decades he took great pride in his work and good reputation. He was a kind and generous person with a strong will. Family and friends were important to him and he had a large group of lifelong buddies as he called them. Everyone who knew Neil enjoyed hearing his stories. As the story is told, Judy chased him until he caught her. They married in 1971 and were together for almost 53 years. They created a beautiful life together.

He was predeceased by his parents, Fanny and Irvine and sister Sheila. He will be deeply missed by his wife Judy, children, Marla (Mark), Ian (Sherry), Dana (Hart), and grandchildren, Courtney, Hailey, Max, Farrah, Nathan and Lilah, brother Harold, sister Elaine, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to his home care workers, especially Manuel and Abdul.

Funeral services were held at Chesed Shel Emes on Friday, May 3, followed by burial at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Daniel Bell, Max Binder, Marc, Riley, Jesse and Seth Streifler.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing to make a donation in Neil’s memory can do so to the Neil Charach Memorial fund c/o The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba (204-477-7520) or the charity of your choice.

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VAL CORRIN June 7, 1935 – May 11, 2024

With profound sadness, the family of Val Corrin announces her passing on May 11, 2024, at the age of 88.

A graveside service was held on May 14, 2024 at Rosh Pina Cemetery, with Rabbi Kliel Rose officiating. Pallbearers included her sons Blair and Bradley, nephews Philip Corrin, Benji Sepke, Jonah Sepke, and Simon Sepke.

Val was born in Winnipeg to Alda and William Cook. She married the love of her life, Mort Corrin, in 1957 and they lived briefly in Denver, Colorado before returning to Winnipeg where together they began raising three children – daughter Debbie and sons Blair and Bradley. Val converted to Judaism in 1961 and became active in Hadassah and ORT. In the mid-1970s, the family moved to Toronto where Mort had a successful career as a Regional Manager for London Life. Following Mort’s retirement in 1992, he and Val made their summer home in Winnipeg, while enjoying winters in sunny Florida where Val enjoyed playing mahjong and golf, and watching her favourite team, the Toronto Blue Jays.

Val was predeceased by her daughter Debbie, husband Mort, and sister Elaine. Left to cherish her memory are her children Blair and Bradley, son-in-law Steve Douglas, and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Thank you to the staff at Luther Home for their comfort and care. May her memory be a blessing.

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