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MYRA JOAN WOLCH 1933 – 2021

Myra Wolch edited 1Myra Joan Wolch passed away in Winnipeg on January 25, 2021, at the age of 87. She was predeceased by her parents, Bertha and Gordon Kliman, and her beloved partner Saul Cherniack.

Cherished and loving mother to Sara (Julian Zuckerbrot), Mark (Sandra) and Jonathan, and grandmother to Ari Zuckerbrot and Jackson Wolch. She is also lovingly remembered by Saul’s family: Lawrie (Bea), Howard (Laurie Kahn), grand-daughters Katie (Grant Prairie) and Jennie (Matthew Williamson), and great-grand-children Isaac, Oliver and Sybil. Myra was the eldest cousin in a very large and loving extended family that ensured she was an only-child in name only.
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Myra moved to Winnipeg at the age of 17. Her job in a record store in her teens began her life-long love of music: from Broadway hits to Jacques Brel, Lenny Breau and Classical. A true patron of the arts, she held season tickets to the Winnipeg Symphony and Manitoba Theatre Centre for more than 50 years. She adored the visual arts and design and had a special love for Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies” series. Her heart sang when she was finally able to travel to Monet’s home in Giverny, France, to walk among the flowers and grounds that inspired such timeless beauty.
Myra was strong, smart and incredibly glamorous, all in equal measure. She was a voracious reader and devastating Scrabble opponent, a lover of CBC radio, and devourer of the New Yorker Magazine. She loved to entertain and joked that her table was always elastic, easily accommodating more food and more chairs. Her homemade toffee and brownies, which she claimed contained “love” as their secret ingredients, brought smiles to everyone.
A graveside ceremony and private shiva have taken place.
The family wishes to express its gratitude and appreciation to: Rabbi Matthew Leibl, Estelle Raber and Rena Secter Elbaze of Shaarey Zedek Synagogue; our dear cousin, Dr. Sarah Kredentser, for her compassion and guidance; Dr. Susan Robillard; and Dr. Peter Bialy, along with the nurses and staff at Seven Oaks General Hospital.
Heartfelt thanks to Marilyn Roldan, of Blossoms Senior Care, for her gentle presence and loving-kindness as Mom’s caregiver.
Donations in Myra’s memory may be made to:
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Endowment Fund Tel: (204) 949-3973;  and, Online at https://my.wso.ca/donate/contribute1?ct=13
The ‘Myra Wolch Fund’ at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba  Tel: (855) 284-1918; and,  Online at www.jewishfoundation.org
Or the charity of your choice.

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BERNARR IVAN KLAPMAN

Passed away November 12 in his home in Tampa.
Barry (as he was known) Klapman was a business leader in Winnipeg. After law school he went to work for his father, Meyer, who started Peerless Garments manufacturing company and grew the family business into one of the largest employers in Winnipeg. Barry loved boating and trips to Las Vegas with his family.
He is survived by his: wife Monique Landry; two children, Arla Klapman Green and Jason Klapman; daughter-in-law Sarah Klapman, and son-in law Stephen Green; sister Maxine Brownstone; niece and nephew, Lorrie and Danny Brownstone; as well as his four grandchildren, Charli, Myles, Miller, and Gabrielle. .
He lived his life to its fullest. Donations in Barry’s memory can be made to Brothers For Life https://www.brothersforlife.com/donate/

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BARRY POSNER

It is with deep sorrow that he family of Barry Posner announces his passing after a lengthy illness at the age of 75 on Monday, October 9, 2023.
Barry leaves behind his wife, Sharon; children, Adam (Christiane) and Daniel (Victoria); grandchildren, Jordan, Jade, Ari, and Zoey; brother, Murray; and nephew, Cort. Barry was predeceased by his parents, Alec and Claire, and his in-laws, Harry and Rose Borodkin.
Thank you to all the staff at St. Boniface E2 Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit, especially Dr. Denira Govender and nurse Kaitlin for all of their kindness during this difficult time.
Funeral service was held graveside at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery on Thursday, October 12, 2023. Our thanks to Rabbi Matthew Leibl for his beautiful eulogy and to the pallbearers: Cort Posner, Zeev Rafaeli, Joseph Gillies, Aaron Migie, Rod Gordon, and Stephen Dubienski.
Barry loved his family and friends. He had a great sense of humour and always made people laugh. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, son-in-law, brother, and uncle. Barry was so brave and courageous during the years of his illness. He will be forever missed and never forgotten.

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JOEL COOPERBAND

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Joel David Cooperband on Friday, October 6, 2023. Joel leaves behind his loving wife of 35 years, Cheryl, his gorgeous daughter Adeena, and his beautiful son Joshua. He also leaves behind his sister Reesa (Marty), brother Benjie (Adrienne), brother-in-law Monte (Stephanie), mother-in-law Shirley, along with nieces, nephews, and his uncle David Weinberg.
Additionally, he leaves behind his favourite fur babies, Jersey and Milo. Joel joins his dad Mickey, who passed February 1983, his mom Sandra – March 2018, and his father-in-law Phillip – December 2022.
Joel grew up in Garden City on Woodcrest and loved going to the family cottage at Winnipeg Beach. He worked at Silverman Jewellers and started Executive Jewels with his wife. They travelled across Western Canada setting up their wares but more importantly, enjoyed daily adventures together. Their children both worked with them. And they loved their lives. Family was his greatest passion. Josh chose a different path to take and Joel was so very proud of him. He would talk about him at every opportunity. Adeena was his sidekick, his buddy, his best friend. A huge hole in our hearts is felt by everyone who knew him. Funeral services took place at the Chesed Shel Emes with interment at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery on October 10, 2023. Shiva was private.
Joel was so appreciative of a second chance at life. Unfortunately, it didn’t last as long as we hoped. Until we meet again – beautiful soul.

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