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MAX MARMEL May 30,1926 – September 6, 2019

Max MarmelMax passed away on September 6, 2019 at the age of 93 in Toronto, Ontario. Max grew up with his family in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. Eventually, he moved to Winnipeg to become a pharmacist, a career which spanned over 50 years.

He built and operated Seven Oaks Pharmacy, the first drugstore in West Kildonan. Max went on to run the Astra Dispensary and manage the Kobrinsky Clinic. While his day job was a pharmacist, Max always had a business on the side, from owning hair salons, importing wigs and dental supplies from Japan, to manufacturing medicine and inventing a medical diagnostic test for detecting urinary tract infections. Max went on to win a Canadian Innovation award for  this work. 
Max later moved his business to Toronto, where he was introduced to Natalie and was welcomed into a whole new wonderful family. As if he hadn’t had enough careers already, Max decided to transition into a career in real estate to work along side Natalie. He thoroughly enjoyed  this  business adventure until his retirement in his late 80’s.
Max lived life to the fullest, and enjoyed travelling the world, reaching every continent, including Antarctica.  He had a passion for scuba  diving (which he passed on to Allison) and spent many of his vacations exploring the natural wonders of the sea, eventually earning his Diving Instructor Certification. 
Max was incredibly driven and extremely generous to his family and friends. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who cared for his loved ones deeply and unconditionally.

Max will be greatly missed by his wife Natalie, son Lawrence (Tam), daughter Rosalind, Bernice Marmel, sister Bonnie Tregebov, stepchildren Dr. Larry Barzelai (Dr. Rhona Gordon), Dr. Rick Black (Wendy), Cindy Black-Goldstein (Richard),grandchildren Shane Marmel, Dr. Allison Marmel (Dr. Yale Michaels), step-grandchildren Dr. Morry Black (Alisa Belshaw) Ari Black (Shoshana), Joshua Black, Melissa Silverberg (Michael), Jake Goldstein, Laura Barzelai (Sean Caners), Nadav Barzelai, (Naomi Kassel), Avi Barezelai, Dr. Ira Barzelai,  step-great grandchildren Alex, Leah, Aerin, Halle, Ethan, Matthew, Dan, Avigail, and close friend Clara. Max was predeceased by his parents Sam and Seema Marmel.

Services were held on September  8, at the Etz Chayim Synagogue in Winnipeg. Pallbearers were Lawrence Marmel, Shane Marmel, Dr. Rick Black, Morry Black, Ari Black and Joshua Black. 
Donations can be made to the Max Marmel Memorial Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.  (204) 477-7525.

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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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