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ZELMA GERI KIMELMAN

Zelma Geri KimelmanWith great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mother Zelma Geri Kimelman (née Mindess) on December 19, 2019 at the St. Boniface Hospital.

Zelma was born on August 2, 1928, in Winnipeg, the youngest of four children (Ben, Anne, Ralph) of Fanny and Jacob Mindess, recent Russian Jewish immigrants. She was raised in a large, loving close-knit family and served as interpreter for her non-English speaking parents, who worked hard to make a new life in Canada.
Zel was a vivacious, bright and talented student, excelling in academics and sports, with a close circle of friends she maintained throughout her life. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics, majoring in organic chemistry and textile design. She loved teaching and taught for several years.
Zelma met the love of her life, Edwin Kimelman, a good friend of her older brother Ralph, and after a whirlwind courtship, they wed in August, 1949. They had a happy and successful marriage till Dad passed away in 2007.

Ed and Zel raised four children who gave them eight grandchildren: Linda (and Norman – Sarah & Jamie), Neil (and Colleen – Erin & Kyle), Bruce (and Lynne – Samantha) and Jodi (and Glenn – Joshua, Jared (and Mercedes) and Jesse). Zelma adored her eight grandchildren. Family was everything to her. Mom and Dad instilled strong family values and close family ties we maintain till this day.
Zelma was a consummate “Chatelaine”, she celebrated life and family get-togethers, with wonderful cooking and baking and lots of family and friends. She was a talented seamstress creating outfits for all her family. Fashion was important to her, and she was always beautifully dressed in attire of her own creation. She loved to sew, knit, crochet, upholster and create home furnishings. She created several lovely homes over the years.

Summers were spent at their Falcon Lake cottage, Mom and Dad built with help from their friends. She bravely defended us from the bears, who would come calling at our door.
Zelma was a talented athlete, interested in all sports, excelled in playing tennis and golf, most recently at Glendale, with trophies to attest to her prowess.
She maintained a keen interest in the arts and attended concerts, the opera, theatre and loved art shows. She was an avid reader and loved her book club. She and Dad loved to travel and took road trips (with all 4 kids in the back of the station wagon, towing a trailer), cruises and jaunts to Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, and Israel.
She played bridge and maintained an amazing social life with friends and family, both in Winnipeg and winters in Palm Springs.

Zelma was devoted to the Winnipeg Jewish Community, ORT, Pioneer Women and the Sharon Home and did volunteer work for the United Way. She and Ed endowed the future of the Jewish Community through a bequest to The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.
Most of all Mom loved her family and friends. Rest in Peace Mom.
Our thanks to the compassionate staff at the St. Boniface Hospital.
If friends so desire, donations in Mom’s name can be made to the Jewish Endowment Foundation at 123 Doncaster.

 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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