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Born: Mar 20, 1918

Date of Passing: Jul 30, 2017

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ESTHER DREMAN (nee GINSBERG) 1918 - 2017 Surrounded by loving family and close friends, Esther passed away peacefully at the Grace Hospital on July 30, 2017 in Winnipeg. She was 99 years old. Esther was born in Toronto, Ontario on March 20, 1918. Always close to and proud of the Ginsberg family, all of whom predeceased her, she was the daughter of Morris and Sootel Ginsberg, and the sister of Irving, Molly and David. Esther devoted herself to their wellbeing for as long as they lived. Esther was a strong, shrewd and capable person. She had worked as a secretary in Toronto, but when, in her early 40's she married the love of her life, Abe Dreman, she left Toronto and her career behind and joined Abe, a successful businessman in Winnipeg. She worked by his side in their Dry Goods Store until his death in 1992. Esther and Abe had a wonderful marriage; she worshipped him, and he her until his sudden death. Not only was Esther devoted to Abe, she was a welcome addition to the extended Dreman family and treated Abe's many siblings as her own, often hosting dinners for the holidays and other occasions and offering her support in more difficult times. When Abe passed away, Esther was brokenhearted but with great strength, she gradually championed widowhood, taking charge of their affairs and successfully managing their assets. Late in her 90's, and after some serious health challenges, she was still clearly aware of how she wanted her investments managed, and kept a sharp eye on all of her business affairs. Aunt Esther was a particularly warm and very generous person who drew people in with her kindness and honesty. Whether she welcomed her many nieces and nephews and friends to her home, or chatted on the phone with those who lived in distant places, she was always concerned about how they were doing, and would ask detailed questions about how their lives were going. She always knew what was going on, and genuinely cared about our family and others who became like family in her later years. This was a wonderful central characteristic of the person she was. Much later on in her life when she was in need of caregivers to assist her in her daily life, she welcomed them to her home with the same kind and generous spirit, making sure they were treated fairly, kindly, and with respect. Our family wishes to thank each of Aunt Esther's caregivers for their kindness and dedication to her through these last challenging years. Menchie, Jenny, Carmela, Imelda, Mariffe, Patty and Marenor, we will always be indebted to you because we know that you provided the daily emotional and physical supports that sustained Esther's wellbeing. Esther is survived by numerous nieces and nephews: Cynthia Brick, Sharon Ganetsky, Sherrill Hershberg (Dane), Choo Rosenbloom; David Cohen, David Dreman (Holly), Solly Dreman (Orly), Ben Zion Kerem; and by Ruth and Phil Rubin whom she also loved dearly. A graveside funeral was held at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery with Rabbi Yitzhok Charytan officiating. Pallbearers were: Ira Brick, Dane Hershberg, Chuck Weiner, Phil Halprin, Norman Wolk, Jack Wolk, Shawn Wolk, and Geoffrey Wolk. If you wish, donations may be made to the Esther Dreman Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, phone: 204-477-7520 or email:

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 12, 2017

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