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SHIFFRA FENSON

An unveiling for Shiffra Fenson was held August 13, 2023 at Rosh Pina Memorial Park Cemetery in Winnipeg.Shiffra Fenson passed away January 4, 2023 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with services held at Etz Chayim Synagogue in Winnipeg. Pallbearers were son-in law David Bronstein, nephew Robert Kligerman, great nephew Ben Elkin, Paul Knight, Brian Scharfstein and David Shnider.
Shiffie (as she was known to her friends and family) was first generation Canadian, born February 19, 1926 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Sarah (Sedletsky) and Morris Kligerman of Nicolayev and Odessa, Russia. Her parents gave her a loving, nurturing home, traits she inherited and embodied as she was raising her own family. Her father Morris was the proprietor of Kligerman Bindery. Shiffie always remembered his quiet demeanour – but when speaking, a man of deep knowledge and respect for others. From her mother Sarah, Shiffie learned much – patience, the traditional values of keeping a Jewish home and, notably, the art of cooking. It was from her mother’s lessons that Shiffie’s kitchen became legendary. There wasn’t a dish she didn’t master, from the most delicate pastries, to the main courses of the Jewish holidays.
Raised in Winnipeg’s north end, Shiffie attended elementary, junior and senior high school where she made close friendships that would last a lifetime. No matter the challenges that prevailed at the time for most children of immigrant families, she had a happy childhood, and along with elder sister Eva and brother Bill, she enjoyed a home of security and love.
In 1944, Shiffie would meet Morley Fenson, a sailor on leave from his World War II naval duties. In 1946, they married and in the following years would have 3 children; Ronna, Kenny and Carla. Hoping to advance Morley’s business career, the family left Winnipeg in 1960. It would be the beginning of a multi-year adventure that would take them to Tupelo, MS, back to Winnipeg, to San Diego, CA, St, Louis, Mo. and finally back to Winnipeg. During that period Shiffie navigated taking care of her family, making warm, loving homes in 8 different houses and settling her 3 children in over 10 different schools. And yet despite all the challenges, she managed it with the grace, focus and love that were the hallmarks of her life. Somehow, she managed the time to forge her own lifelong friendships at every stop.The family’s return to Winnipeg in 1966 gave her the opportunity to spend time with her family and cherished childhood friends. Her kitchen table was famous not just for the delights of her cooking, but for coffee and conversation with all, not the least of which were her children’s friends who felt her warmth, understanding and compassion.Although steeped in the traditions of the times, Shiffie always had a wide variety of interests. During the day her home was filled with the classical music and news shows of the CBC. She was a voracious reader of books of all kinds, always up to date on world events and enjoyed whatever latest exhibit happened to be at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.As her children grew older and with more time available to her, she pursued interests outside the home, including volunteer work at what was then the Rape Crisis Center and reading to the children at the Norquay School.In 1985 she and Morley retired to Palm Springs, CA where they spent their time hosting friends, and enjoy playing bridge and golf. In 2002 they moved to Chapel Hill, NC to be closer to family. Even at this stage, Shiffie embraced and established new friendships and is remembered there for her lifelong traits of intellect, grace and generosity.
Shiffie was all about family. Even though they were often separated by distances, she would do all she could to ensure that her children knew their uncles, aunts, cousins and close friends. She insisted on travel to anywhere there was a family celebration and nothing would bring a happier smile than seeing all her family and friends together at a celebratory occasion. She took great pride in seeing this legacy take root in her children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren, who remain connected and close.
A woman who lived a long, event filled and gratifying life, Shiffie is predeceased by her husband Morley, mother Sarah Kligerman (Sedletsky), father Morris Kligerman, sister Eva and brother in law Lou Elkin, brother Bill and sister-in-law Selma Kligerman, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Leo and Shirley Fenson, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Harry and Leah Fenson, sister-in-law Anita Fenson.
We are forever grateful to have had her for all these years, but nonetheless she is so very much missed by daughters Carla (David Bronstein) and Ronna, son Ken (Susan), her 7 grandchildren: Mira, Shana, Ben, Sarah, Joel, Danielle and Jacqueline, great -randchildren Morgan, Preston, Taliah, Remy and her many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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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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PHILIP KAHANOVITCH

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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