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ROCHELLE BLUMENTHAL (née Schwartz) July 4, 1935 – March 13, 2019

Rochelle BlumenthalRochelle Blumenthal died peacefully and in her own time on March 13, 2019. Predeceased by her parents, Abraham and Sophie (Cristall) Schwartz, her sister Ethel, brothers Harold and Wilfred and her beloved husband Sidney Blumenthal.

Left to miss her are her children Susan (Ab Freig), Heather (Otto Ehren), Brian (Lisa Mendelson) and Jennifer (Danny Bubis), her grandchildren Rebecca, Layla, Zachary, Myles, Ira, Spencer and Jack, her brother Bernard (Barbara) and a legion of family and friends, including her long-time companion and friend Ashoke Dasgupta.

Mom was a Winnipeger – and an ardent Winnipeg Beacher — all her life, but for a short stay in Montreal after graduating from university. She grew up on Glenwood Crescent, attending St. John’s Tech High School where, according to her yearbook write-up, she had a hard time managing her school work with all her club memberships. She continued her education at the University of Manitoba, where, true to form, she was involved in all aspects of campus and sorority life.

After getting married and having her children, Mom found an outlet for her skills in volunteer work, becoming involved in the National Council of Jewish Women, the provision of hearing tests to schoolchildren and Future for Youth, an organization devoted to youth with mental health problems. Later, after the death of Sidney in 1978, Mom went back to school to become a library technician and worked in various libraries for several years.

Nothing made Mom happier than to be surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Raising her four children, she said, was her greatest achievement, especially in the years after Sidney died. Nothing made her prouder than seeing her children flourish – except perhaps her grandchildren. And nothing made her happier than to be surrounded by all her children and grandchildren at the table for holidays or special events – like Wednesday.

In her retirement years, she became a mainstay of Winnipeg Friends of the Public Library, an enormously satisfying undertaking for her. She also played a mean hand of bridge and delighted in the daily trivia quizzes at her home, The Wellington, which, thanks to her wide and constant reading, she regularly aced.

Mom’s family would like to thank the staff of the cardiology ward, critical care unit and palliative care ward at the St. Boniface Hospital for their comfort and care. And especially we would like to thank Maria Desousa, who has been so much to Mom over the past several years.

Funeral will take place at Shaarey Zedek Synagogue on Friday March 15, 2019.

To honour Mom’s memory, the family would appreciate donations to Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library or the Rochelle Blumenthal Women’s Endowment Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.

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Lorraine Norma Reiner (nee Reich)

It is with deep sorrow that the family of Lorraine Reiner announces the passing of our mother and baba after a difficult battle with pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her children, Marlaina (Hillel) and Susan (Wil), her grandchildren, Sarah (Justin), Jordana (Blake), and Micah, and her great grandson, Elias. She was predeceased by her parents Rose and Sam, her husband Barry, her brother Max, her son Sam, and her granddaughters June and Beth.
Lorraine, at her core, was a loving caregiver. Lor-raine‘s father died when she was only eight years old. She grew up helping her mother with household and family chores after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She cared for her mother-in-law, husband, and cousin during their battles with ill-nesses and final stages of life.
We remember Lorraine as a woman whose love for her family knew no limits. She adored her children and grandchildren and formed special bonds with each of them. Her family was everything to her, and she meant the world to her family. She stepped into the role of Baba Lorraine with open arms and an enormous heart; there was nothing she wouldn’t do for her children and grandchildren. Lorraine was surrounded by her family during her final stage of life.
Cooking was an important part of Lorraine’s identi-ty. She was most famous for her chicken soup and S-cookies and she loved to spread joy and comfort through sharing her cooking with others. She always had a freezer stocked with homemade meals and anytime a family member felt unwell, she was at the ready with a batch of “Jewish penicillin”.
Lorraine had a diverse and eclectic resume that in-cluded office work for all three Jewish Newspapers, including The Jewish Post, The Western Jewish News, and The Yiddeshe Vort. Later she worked as office staff at Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate and As-troid Management. Her final job was an 11-year tenure as a clerk for the City of Winnipeg’s Assess-ment Department.
Lorraine loved sharing stories with everyone and had a special way of getting lost in a story. Any-one who had the pleasure of listening to one of Lor-raine’s stories knows how her mood instantly lit up when she had the opportunity to share. Her stories, alongside her recipes, will live on through her loved ones.
The funeral was held at the Chesed Shel Emes on Tuesday March 26, followed by a burial service at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Blake Nichols, Justin Odwak, Cal & Asher Reich, Brian Rosenberg, Wil Scheiring, Sean Smith, and Micah Sommer. Honorary pallbearers were Mickey Rosenberg & Alan Schweid.
The family wishes to thank the numerous health-care staff who participated in Lorraine’s care over the past couple of months, especially the wonderful staff at the Health Sciences Centre H3 surgical unit, Drs. Bubis, Goldenberg, Lipschitz, Shell, and Visser.

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EDWARD PERRY REISS April 30, 1935 – February 20, 2024

Ed was born in Poland in 1935 and fled to Canada in 1939 with his parents Raizel and Ira and older brothers Harry and Sam. The family settled in Edenbridge, SK where they farmed and where sister Ida was born.
In high school, the family moved to Winnipeg where Ed attended St. John’s before attending the University of Manitoba and finishing at the University of Western Ontario.
In 1968, Ed met his wife Barbara playing badminton at the YMHA. They were married three months later and left for New York where Ed trained as a stockbroker on Wall Street. Returning to Winnipeg, Ed worked as a broker for years before joining Barbara in what became the family business, Desserts Plus. They worked together for close to 40 years.
In 1971 daughter Lisa was born followed by Pam in 1974. Ed loved spending time with his family at their cottage near Kenora or on many road trips around North America and trips around the world. We were blessed and fortunate to be able to enjoy our time together.
Ed is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara; daughter Pam and his buddy Farfel, as well as his brother Sam, sister Ida Alpern and in-laws, Len and Lynne Shapiro, Honey Kowall, and nephews and nieces.
Ed was predeceased by his dear daughter Lisa, parents, Raizel and Ira, in-laws, Irene and Joe Shapiro, brother Harry, sisters-in-law, Vicky and Bayla, brothers-in-law, Saul Alpern and David Shapiro.
The family thanks the wonderful staff at the Simkin Centre who were very supportive and caring during his time there. And our deep thanks to Cantor Tracy Kasner for performing the burial ceremony with kindness and sensitivity.
Ed was a man of integrity, intelligence, honesty, wit, and above all else, he loved his girls.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Philip Kahanovitch in Winnipeg, MB on Thursday, February 29, 2024.
Philip will be remembered by his dear son Joshua; brother David; niece and nephews, Deborah, Aaron and Jonathan. Philip was predeceased by his loving wife Susan, parents, Moses and Esther, brother Gerry, and sister-in-law Risa.
Philip was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Philip loved travelling on cruises and throughout both North America and Europe. Philip will be remembered for his career as a teacher in both Altona, Neepawa, and Winnipeg, and for his long standing practice as a professional accountant. Philip adored dogs, particularly terriers, and owned several furry companions over the years, including his beloved Hamish.
Following a service, Philip was interred at Rosh Pina Cemetery. If loved ones desire, a memorial donation can be made to a charity of their choice.

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