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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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MONTE NATHANSON February 24, 1931 – June 15, 2024

We are heartbroken by our father’s death. Monte is survived by June, his wife of nearly 70 years; his kids, Sherryl, Gail (Warren), and Janice (Joel); his grandchildren, Ashley, Julie, Amy (Zach), Lindsay (Mathew), Jonathan and Kate; and his great-grandchildren, Mia, Hannah, Benji, Jake and Noah. Nothing made him happier than the entrance of the latest baby.

Monte was born to Ida and Max Nathanson in the North End of Winnipeg. He arrived on the scene late, 12 years after his brother Sidney and nine years after Cecil. Their house on O’Meara St. was a centre of cultural life where Yiddish writers, artists, actors and thinkers from everywhere gathered, talked, performed and ate (of course).

Monte’s young life was much a lot like other kids in the neighborhood: Peretz school, then St. John’s Tech, then the University of Manitoba. But our dad’s kindness stood out even as a young boy. Cecil was deaf and back then there was no technology. So, every week, Monte took his brother to the movies and signed the dialogue for him. He stayed by Cecil’s side the rest of his life.

Our parents got engaged in 1954, six weeks after they met. They married the same year. Monte was working in his father’s mattress company when, one day, he saw a plot of land. He borrowed the money, bought the land, and his life’s work began. He was a business force. He loved building buildings. He was everywhere: Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto.

But more important to him was his community. Max was the first chair of the UJA campaign, and at age 28, Monte was its youngest. He went on to become the president of the Winnipeg Jewish Community, a governor of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a stalwart supporter of Jewish education and Israel. When his father died, our dad built a kindergarten in his honour in Carmiel. It’s still there, serving kids from tough backgrounds. He took all of us to visit not that long ago.

And then there was the golf. What a player. A four handicap. That’s not easy in Winnipeg, given our winters. He would not be derailed. As he was a teenager, he built a putting green on his front lawn. He had his golf gang at Glendale they called the mafia. He played the world’s great golf courses, including Augusta. The last time we saw him, as we stood at his bedside, he was wearing his Master’s golf shirt. So perfect.

Above all, it was family first. Our mom was the centre of his life. Their unfaltering bond lasted nearly 70 years. Together, they built homes, travelled the world, and had amazing adventures. They had huge circles of friends. But it was really all about the kids. Nothing was as important to our parents than us. Our happiest moments were summers at West Hawk, road trips to Grand Forks (yup), winter vacations. As long as we were together, we were good.

When we talk about our dad though, we remember not what he did, but who he was. Everyone seems to describe him the same way: Elegant, dignified, larger than life. So many people have reached out to talk about his kindness and his graciousness. He made people feel special. When he walked into a room, you just knew everything would be okay.

Our father made our lives great. Because he was great. Right now, it’s hard to imagine our world without him.
Funeral services are being held on June 18, 2024, in Boca Raton, Florida. Shiva is in Toronto. Donations may be made to United Hatzalah Canada at https://www.uhcanada.org/. Click the donate button for a dedicated memorial page to Monte Nathanson.

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ANNE JACOBSON January 25, 1917 – March 4, 2024

On March 4, 2024, our mama, grandma, and great-grandma left this world at the age of 107.

Anne was born in Boston, Mass. to Harry and Rose Urdang. In 1923, the family moved to Winnipeg and resided at 420 Manitoba Ave. and then 358 Pritchard Ave. She attended the University of Manitoba and was planning to become a dietician. Those plans were derailed when her father died of leukemia at the age of 42.

Anne started a small hairdressing business in her home to help support her mother and sisters. Later she worked as a buyer for Green Brothers, a dress wholesaler.

Anne met Nate when he was with the RAF, stationed in Winnipeg. They were married at the Marlborough Hotel New Years Eve, 1945. In 1950, they moved to Rupertsland Ave. where they raised Arlene and Gary. They were an integral part of the neighbourhood and made many lifelong friends. She and Nate were charter members of the Rupertsland bridge group and Anne eventually attained the designation of Life Master.

Anne was involved with ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation through Training) and served as president of the north end B’Nai Brith Chapter. She enjoyed working with people, and had fond memories of her job in the jewellery department at Clark’s and later as a hostess at Genser’s furniture.

Although Anne was unable to pursue her goal of becoming a dietician, she continued to pursue her interest in food and nutrition and was an excellent cook and baker. Her apple and blueberry pies are fondly remembered by all her family.

Nate passed away in 1996. Anne, being the independent woman that she was, continued to live on Rupertsland until 2006 when, after a brief stay at The Bolton, she moved to the Simkin Centre in 2007. While at the Simkin, she took up Scrabble and over the years she and Gary enjoyed many games, most of which – even into her late ‘90s – she won.
Anne was predeceased by her two sisters, Evelyn Schmitt (2014) and Beattie (Kraven) (2021). She leaves behind daughter Arlene McMahon of Burlington, son Gary Jacobson (Ricki) of Winnipeg, granddaughter Tamsin McMahon (Scott Whitley) of California, grandson Jamie McMahon (Anna Nelson) of Thunder Bay, grandsons Dan Jacobson of Vancouver and Noah Jacobon (Vienna Luong) of Winnipeg and great-granddaughters Maren and Karine McMahon.

Funeral services were held at the Chesed Shel Emes funeral home on March 8, 2024. Thank you to pallbearers Noah Jacobson, Daniel Jacobson, Adam Spigelman, Murray Greenfield, Robbie Waldman,and Avrom Charach. The family would also like to thank Cantor Tracy Kasner for a beautiful eulogy and service. If desired, donations in Anne’s memory can be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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DR. MONTE HOWARD KOWALL November 9, 1928 – April 17, 2024

He will be dearly missed by his wife of almost 68 years, Cecile (nee Pollock); children, Pamela (Gary Brooker), Paul (DD), Feryn and Sheri (Robbie Weisz); grandchildren, Alana (Matt Joudrey), Ivy, Rachel, Sarah, Lainey, Nayce and Sienna.

Monte grew up with his older brother Bernard in the North End of Winnipeg. He attended school at Machray, St. John’s and the University of Manitoba where he received his medical degree. After completing specialty training in Boston, MA, he established his pediatric practice, first at the Mall Medical Clinic and then in the Boyd Building, enjoying a rewarding 45 year career. He served on staff at several hospitals and volunteered decades of service to the St. Amant Centre, Cerebral Palsy Association, Mount Carmel Clinic and in northern Manitoba at Indian Lake and Norway House. Monte and wife Cecile were very involved in their synagogue, Herzlia-Adas Yeshurun. Monte also had many hobbies. He was an avid reader, stamp collector, culinary expert, gardener and handyman. Most of all he enjoyed being with family and friends and truly enjoyed the special times with his grandchildren and his many nieces and nephews.

Monte and Cecile travelled to many destinations including Italy, Russia, Hawaii, Mexico, Dominican Republic, California and Florida. Monte really enjoyed the lake at Winnipeg Beach where he and Cecile eventually decided to reside during the summers, while wintering in Margate, Florida.

Monte enjoyed life and was blessed to have remained in his own home until his last day. He lived with dignity and humility and will always be remembered by the many patients he cared for over the years, as well as by his loving family and many friends.

Funeral services were held on April 21, 2024, at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Martin Pollock, Ethan Pollock, Jayden Pollock, Charles Morris, Liam Pollock and Harlan Morris. The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to dedicated caregivers, Nelly, Eddie, Marietta, Ann, Connie and Gizelle for the kind, caring and respectful manner in which they attended to our father over the last few years.

Donations may be made to the Monte and Cecile Kowall Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba or to a charity of your choice.

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