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selma shearerPeacefully after a courageous battle with cancer, Selma Shearer (Levin) at the age of 88 passed away on Wednesday October 24, 2018.

She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years Leo, her daughters Shelley Shearer-Nelko (Dana), Dr. Ronna Sherman (Joel) and Dr. Brenna Shearer (Stephen). She also leaves behind her beloved grandchildren Lindsay (David), Riley, Lana, Remy, Hayden, Joshua, Mara, Amy and Sam, as well as her sister in law Shirley, nieces, nephew and great-nephews & nieces. Selma was predeceased by her parents Joe and Anne Levin and her sister Ruth Neiman.

Selma was born above her father’s grocery store in an area of Winnipeg called Weston, south of the CP Railway yards. The family moved to Bannerman ave when she was a young girl. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.A. Selma worked with her father as a bookkeeper in his Chrysler car dealership, which was the first Chrysler dealership in Western Canada, on Bannerman and Main. 

Selma was the love of Leo’s life. They shared many interests together including travel, ballroom dancing, playing bridge and socializing with their large group of close friends.  

Selma was a renaissance woman. She had a passion for the performing arts, especially the symphony, ballet, opera and musical theatre. A voracious reader, Selma continued to educate herself about history, different cultures and current affairs. She played an integral part in building the family home, designing much of the infrastructure of the house including space saving and efficiency improving technologies. In addition, Selma was just as proficient repairing things around the house on her own. Not only did she appreciate and support the arts, she took sculpting and weaving courses to express her own artistic visions.

A woman ahead of her time, Selma understood the importance of healthy eating 40 years before it was fashionable. Unlike some others of her generation, she was fascinated by technology and was eager to learn to use it.

Selma’s greatest joy was her family and especially her grandchildren. She took it upon herself to chronicle primarily through photographs, the lives of everyone in the family.

It’s clear that Selma touched many lives.  She was beautiful inside and out, elegant, kind, warm, always welcoming, meticulous and a real “Class Act”.

A special thank you to Doris Boutillier, the Comforts of Home Care staff, especially Anastasia, Brook and Daniel who were with Selma in her last days. The love and support from friends and family has been greatly appreciated.

Funeral services were held on Friday October 26, 2018 at Shaarey Zedek Synagogue. Shiva was held and ended Sunday October 28, 2018. Thank you to Rabbi Matthew Leibl and staff at the Synagogue.
For those who wish to remember Selma, donations can be made to:
The Selma & Leo Shearer G.R.O.W. 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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