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TOVA WEISZNER (née GUDELMAN) Feb 2, 1930 – April 27, 2023

Tova, at the age of 93, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loved ones, after a brave battle with heart failure.
She was predeceased by her husband Ze’ev, her brother Norman, her parents, her baby sister, numerous family and friends, and the recent and very sad loss of her dear niece Dina. Those fortunate to have known her and love her will mourn her passing; her children, Noah (Myrna), Rina (Paul), Freda (Sholom), her grand children, her five great-grandchildren, and other numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Tova was born in Lipkany, Romania. When she was 8 years old, Lipkany was taken over by the Russian Red Army and life changed. Within a short time, she and her entire family were forced out of their home. The family had to travel on foot through open terrain from army barracks to camps, having to forage for food and shelter. During this time her parents and baby sister perished. In 1944 they were liberated, and then as a young girl, she was taken into the care of a relative in Israel, where she stayed until she married Ze’ev in 1950. Two of their children were born in Israel. In 1959 they travelled to Winnipeg, and a few years later their third child was born.
Tova was an extremely hard worker, clean, orderly and practical. For a tiny woman (4’8”) she was a force to be reckoned with. Everything she did, even right up to her passing, was for her family. Whether it be feeding them (constantly), or knitting them something warm to wear, or guiding them with her unbelievable common sense, she was always a mom and a baba, which was so heartwarming and genuine. Even to people who were practically strangers, she always offered food, a cozy knitted item, fruitful conversation and sound advice.
Tova also took part in endless volunteer activities. She spent many years at the CNIB in particular, even honored at the age of 87, by the mayor of Winnipeg, for those efforts. Tova’s devotion and commitment to giving had no bounds. This was who she was, right up to the end of her life, a devoted, giving, kind and generous woman.
Tova spent the last five years at Kildonan House, an assisted living facility. She still grew tomatoes and flowers on her balcony, even though she was becoming more and more limited in her physical abilities and could no longer do many of the countless things that defined her. The kindness and care that was shown to her, by the staff, management and so many residents, was truly heart warming. She was happy, comfortable, and well cared for.
Our family wants to thank her family physician of many decades, Dr. Norman Hechtenthal for his care and concern for her. She was exceptionally cared for by all her various doctors over the years and it probably didn’t hurt when she showed up to their offices with tins of her baked goods. Towards her end, Dr. James Tam and the Palliative Care team of Winnipeg, took over her care and helped her transition comfortably and peacefully. We thank you for that exceptional display of kindness and compassion.
A private graveside funeral was held by the family and officiated by Rabbi Matthew Leibl, whom we sincerely thank for his care and guidance.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to a charity of your choice, should you wish to do so.
Mom’s love will always be in our hearts, and we will forever miss her.

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