After a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s our beloved Ruth Charach passed away on the first day of Passover, Saturday, April 16, 2022. Interment was held on Tuesday, April 19.
Ruth is survived by her loving husband of over 65 years, Barney, her children, Gayle (Mark), Lori-Sue (Yisrael) and Avrom (Fayanne) who all miss her deeply and her brother Ralph Katzman. As well she leaves to mourn her grandchildren, Ayah, Eliana (Avner), Rivka (Rotem), Zushia, Chana Mindel (David), Yehuda Yoseph, Ariel, Carli and Taylor as well as seven great-grandchildren in Israel.
Ruth was the epitome of an Eshet Chayil, a Woman of Valour whose Jewish values defined many of her decisions – including ensuring that her children had strong Jewish educations and were rooted in Yiddishkeit. She was consumed with self-sacrifice in her effort to always nurture others. Whether it was taking in newcomer Israelis or Argentinians who came to Winnipeg with no family of their own or the many organizations who benefited from her volunteerism (National Council of Jewish Women, Talmud Torah PTA, Chai Folk Ensemble, Folklorama’s Israel Pavilion, Jewish Child and Family Service, Parents of North Americans in Israel and the Rosh Pina Sisterhood to name a few), Ruth is remembered as being the one who took care of everyone. Seders and other holiday feasts were filled with multicultural visitors and people with nowhere else to celebrate. And of course, her and Barney’s home had an open door always for her children’s many friends, and even the occasional high school class who needed a cool place for a lesson when it was too hot outside. Ruth was a mother to so many, not biologically born to her but loved all the same.
Shiva will be observed at her daughter Gayle’s home on 199 Oakdean Blvd. in Woodhaven from Sunday, April 24 to Thursday, April 28. Visitors are welcome from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. Evening services will be held at the home.
In lieu of donations, the family kindly asks for donations to be made to Folklorama or the Charach Family fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.
The family gratefully thanks Ruth’s caregivers, Reita and Levi who treated her like a mother over the last five years and the staff of Unit 6E at St. Boniface Hospital who watched over her for her final weeks.
“You blew us kisses, Mom – and we grasped onto every one – and returned them, with the full strong hearts that were and always will remain filled with you. Tee-hi-yeh meesh-ka-veych shalom.”
(May she rest in peace)