Oscar and Shirley met in 1945 at a dance in Leeds, Yorkshire, England where Oscar was serving in the Canadian Air Force during WWII. When Oscar said he would send Shirley a ticket to Winnipeg, she didn’t believe him, but lo and behold the ticket came.
Shirley, then 18 and never having ventured far from home, courageously boarded the Queen Mary to New York, then a train through Montreal, arriving in Winnipeg in the dead of winter to begin a new life with Oscar. They were married for 71 years.
Oscar and Shirley immediately began creating their family of 5 children: Sheppy (of blessed memory), David, Gary, Howie and Lisa. In 1980, Oscar and Shirley moved, first to Edmonton and then to Vancouver (with a brief return to Winnipeg in 2011 before moving back to Vancouver). Being very social, Oscar and Shirley developed a large group of close friends in every place they lived.
Oscar was born in Winnipeg to immigrant parents and grew up in Winnipeg’s famous north end with his 3 brothers. He attended St. Johns Tech, where he excelled in sports, especially soccer, despite being the “little guy”. In later years, Oscar curled and golfed. In his 70s, he could be seen rollerblading along the seawall at Stanley Park in Vancouver and he was also still refereeing men’s hockey at 80! Oscar first worked in the family meat business, and then in the restaurant supply business and later became a manufacturer’s agent.
Shirley grew up in Leeds, England. She and her brother were raised primarily by their father. Shirley stayed home with the children and was an excellent and busy cook and baker. With 4 boys born within 4 years and 5 months, it was a “boy-sterous” household, and their daughter Lisa, born 5 years later, fit right in with the action! Shirley loved her volunteer work with Hadassah (now known as CHW), including chairing their annual bazaar and serving as President of the Vancouver chapter. Shirley also loved to walk outside, especially along the seawall and duck pond, conveniently located just outside their Vancouver apartment.
Shirley and Oscar will be missed by their children, daughters-in-law Reesa, Pat, Mary-Ann, and Marla, son-in-law Allan, and 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren: Sheppy’s son Seth (Patricia, daughter Maja), David’s children: Anders (fiancée Aviva), Danielle (Reza, daughter Liviya), Camille (Josh, sons Jacob, Levi and Noah), Gary’s children: Jamie and Michael (Emily), Howie’s children: Jadah (Jerry, daughters Addyson and Danika) and Samara, and Lisa’s son Simcha, as well as other family and friends.
May Oscar and Shirley live forever in the hearts of all us.
If desired, donations may be made to Canadian Hadassah-Wizo (CHW) or a charity of your choice.
FREDERICK (RICK) SHATSKY
It is with great sadness that the family of Rick Shatsky announce his passing on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at the age of 85.
Rick was predeceased by his parents, Bert and Marjorie Shatsky, sister Susan Ross, and his wife Corrine Shatsky (Shore). Rick is survived by his son Myles, daughter Patti, son-in-law Michael Charach, and his grandchildren, Samuel and Carrie.
Rick was an avid sports fan, trivia buff, and had a genuine interest in getting to know people. His outgoing personality was well suited to sales and he held several positions with his last role as a long serving employee at Canadian Footwear.
A loving and devoted husband and father to both his children. He shared an extraordinary bond with his son Myles – their shared interests, love of all sports, and travel to sunny destinations brought him much joy. He loved being a grandfather and his grandchildren affectionately referred to him as Papa Rick.
Interment took place at Shaarey Zedek Memorial Park on Monday, February 19.
Thank you to Dr. David Hochman, Dr. Christina Kim, Dr Bashear, and to the staff at the Victoria Hospital for their care and compassion.
Donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba.
BARBARA JEAN WERIER
It is with great sadness our family shares the passing of our beloved mother and grandmother, Barbara Jean Werier, who passed away peacefully on February 6 with family by her side. She was 91 years of age.
She was predeceased by her husband Samuel Werier, and her sister Ann Jason. She is survived by her son’s Joel (Madelaine) and Alan, and her cherished grandchildren Samuel and Rachel.
Barbara was born in the north end of Winnipeg in 1932. She and her younger sister Ann developed a strong bond that would continue well into adulthood. One of her first employment opportunities was with Winnipeg Central Mortgage and Housing, which she spoke fondly of over the years. In 1965 she married her love, Samuel Werier, and they embarked on a 28-year long journey of love, family, and business.
Mom was devoted to her family and children and took great pride in their successes and was always a support in times of disappointment. She was in many ways self-made, and self-taught, and when her husband Samuel passed away in 1993, she continued to run the ‘family business’ J. Werier & Co, on the corner of Princess and Alexander, for the next 25 years.
She was strong, witty and had a tireless work ethic, and always demonstrated kindness and understanding – and she could stand her ground. She taught us how to be good people, and to appreciate the world around us.
Mom found great peace, happiness, and inspiration from a small family cottage in The Whiteshell, where many summer weekends were spent. She found great solace in nature, landscaping, and gardening. She could often be seen walking the trails at the cottage with a pruning saw in her hand. She understood ecology and sustainability before it was fashionable, composted for as long as we can remember, and refused to use fertilizers and chemicals to protect the animals and lakes that she loved.
Mom was the rock and glue of our family. She selflessly supported her family and all around her throughout her life. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to surround her with family and return that support over the last few years. A special thanks to Rodney Chester Larios, who provided exceptional care and became an extended member of our family.
Donations can be made to the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.
CLARICE DANZKER (née YAREN) December 29, 1924 -January 9, 2024
After a life well-lived, the family of Clarice Danzker announces her passing on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at the age of 99.
Clarice was born in Winnipeg to Nessie and Abraham Yaren, exactly 3 years to the day after her future husband, Ernie. She was the youngest of five children. She grew up in Winnipeg’s North End during the depression, and always described her childhood as happy. Her passing marks the end of an entire era as the last of her generation on both sides of the Danzker and Yaren families. She is survived by her children, Simmie (Larry) Nasberg, Lainey Danzker (Michael Werier), her grandchildren Steven Werier (Kimi Wertman), Alissa Nasberg, Nessa Werier(Jason Lichtman ), Benji Nasberg, her great-grandchildren Jacob, Sofie and Ozzie. She was pre-deceased by her husband Ernie, her siblings Lil Popeski, Jack Yaren, Harry Yaren, Sima Yaren and many in-laws, nieces & nephews.
Clarice and Ernie met on a blind date over a game of bridge. They were married in the great flood of 1950 and as the story goes, they relocated their wedding from the Alexandra Hotel to a relative’s home, which they accessed by boat. This elegant lovely woman, together with Ernie, the gregarious man who was her inseparable partner for over 60 years of marriage, built and sustained a family full of happiness, empathy, and love at which they were the constant center. Their home was characterized by singsongs, guitar, laughter and people on every possible occasion.
In the way she lived, Clarice taught those around her invaluable lessons. She was the eternal optimist, always finding something to be happy about. Nothing gave her more joy in her last years than spending time with her great-grandchildren. She was open-minded, progressive, fair, insightful, and dedicated. She treated everyone with respect & had a kind word for all. She was a person of strong convictions. She lived by the philosophy of healthy mind and healthy body, and she remained active in both throughout her 99 years.
Clarice was involved in many organizations, National Council of Jewish Women, the Shaarey Zedek sisterhood, school organizations, camp organizations, and the arts, which she loved – the symphony, the ballet, the art gallery, the theater.
Clarice & Ernie & their family shared amazing times at Winnipeg Beach, Naples, Florida and over 30 winters in Rancho Mirage, California, honing their golf skills and mastering their bridge games. They made lifelong friends everywhere they went.
Clarice always said “your visits made my day”, but it was she who made ours magical.
The family would like to thank Tess, Baby, Maybelle, and Letty for their dignified care these last months and Dr. Kristen Creek for her exceptional and compassionate care.
Funeral services were held on January 11, 2024
Donations in Clarice’s honour may be made to the Ernie and Clarice Danzker Family Fund, c/o The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba or to a charity of your choice.