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Date of Passing: Nov 08, 2014

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FRAN STEINBERG BA, BSc (med), MD FRCPC Dr. Fran Steinberg passed away peacefully November 8, 2014, with her family at her side at the St. Boniface General Hospital. She is survived by her husband Lewis Rosenberg, her sons Jason and Seth, her daughter Raffie, her mother Edythe Steinberg and her dogs Duke and Tessa. She was predeceased by her father Sam Steinberg. She was born in Winnipeg, MB and attended St. John's high school, York University, University of Toronto and University of Manitoba Medical School. Fran was a loving mother and wife and dedicated physician. She grew up in the North End of Winnipeg and danced and taught at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She then left Winnipeg for eight years to pursue and discover many passions including dance at York University and teaching Montessori in Turtle Creek, New Brunswick, and Perth, Ontario, where she also learned to ride dressage. She eventually returned to Winnipeg and decided to pursue a career in medicine, like her father, Dr. Sam Steinberg. While doing her residency in Psychiatry in 1985, she met her future husband, Lewis Rosenberg, and got married in 1986, giving up a fellowship at Harvard to raise a family in Winnipeg. There was nothing Fran could not do from baking home made challah every week to making Halloween costumes, and looking after her family in a way that few achieved. She always put her children first, never missing a track meet, debate tournament or dance class. She was the go-to mom for all her children's friends. She even produced a cookbook to pass on her family recipes and the tradition and warmth of home made meals to her children and future grandchildren. Fran achieved this special relationship with her family while running a successful medical practice. Fran was dedicated to her patients, who she would see in an emergency at any hour. Fran was seeing patients until she was physically unable. In her last year, many patients expressed deep appreciation for the impact that Fran had on their lives. They described how Fran enabled a rich and fulfilling life that would not have been possible without her work. After 30 years of practicing, Fran was appointed to the Manitoba Medical Review Board, which she took as a great honour. The family would like to thank all the people that cared for Fran at Goldman Sachs Family Medical Program, New York Presbyterian, CancerCare Manitoba, and Palliative care at St. Boniface Hospital. Fran was touched by the support of her friends and family over the last two years from sleep overs at the hospital to coffees, lunches, babies and dogs her friends were there to support her in a difficult time. In accordance with Fran's wishes, a funeral was held at Shaarey Zedek Synagogue on November 10 with interment at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery. Pallbearers were her brother-in-law Ken Rosenberg, family friend Max Steinkopf, cousin Zehorit Heilecher and her "adopted" children Daniel Asper, Hassan Abouzeid and Madison Maidment. In lieu of flowers, we are establishing a scholarship at the University of Manitoba medical school in Fran's honour. Contributions can be made online at or directly c/o Monica Carlberg 200-137 Innovation Drive Winnipeg, MB R3T 6B6. Her soul has returned to the Lord who gave it where she will have eternal life. Rest in Peace, Fran.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 15, 2014

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • I have worked with Fran, Lewis, Raffie, Seth and Jason for over 15 years as the interior designer on their home, cottage and offices. It has been a pleasure getting to know them over the years. Fran had a great sense of humor and was a lot of fun during our meetings. Her love of family was always visible. Unfortunately I did not hear of her passing until now but I sincerely wish the family all the best. - Posted by: Rob Everitt (Friend) on: Mar 05, 2015

  • My deepest sympathies to her beloved family. I am so saddened to hear of her passing. Dr. Steinberg played one of the most important roles my recovery and healing. Her help and loving support were so needed and I am so grateful to have know her. Her love for her family was always evident. I will miss her. She was such a wonderful person. - Posted by: Abigail (patient ) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • Dr. Steinberg was a lovely person and a wonderful doctor. I will always be grateful for her dedication and the time that she spent with me. Her wisdom, caring, and compassion have made me the person I am today and that will be with me always. She was a dog lover like me and it was such a comfort when Duke and Tessa would hang out with us. Duke just adored her. He was her boy! My heart goes out to her family. They were so blessed to have her and the world is a better place because she was here. I will miss her so very much. Rest in peace lovely lady - Posted by: Melody (patient) on: Dec 13, 2014

  • Dr. Steinberg was truly a saving grace in my life. She helped me to become the person i am today. She was kind, caring and a truly beautiful person. Many of our visits discussed her brisket and challa bread and we'd even exchange recipes. Her sessions were of empathy and true caring. I will miss her deeply. God rest Dr. Steinberg. - Posted by: Shelly Patton (Patient) on: Dec 04, 2014

  • I am deeply saddened by Dr. Fran's death. Our paths crossed in 1990 when our daughter suffered an eating disorder. After her release from hospital, we were referred to Dr. Steinberg for individual and family therapy. What an incredible doctor/therapist - honest, direct, compassionate, one of the most intelligent people I have ever met. We were blessed that our daughter recovered. I remain eternally grateful for the part Dr. Steinberg played in that recovery. God Bless you Dr. Steinberg, an honour to your profession, a gift to your patients. Rest in peace. - Posted by: anonymous (former client) on: Nov 16, 2014

  • Please know that many caring thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow. Our memories of Fran were ones of love and caring for her family, her children's friends and the dogs! What a beautiful woman. - Posted by: Bernice and Brian Lucas (Friend) on: Nov 16, 2014

  • Our deepest sympathies to all. We knew Fran via the countless hours she spent supporting Raffi, and all the other dancers, at SSSD. What was always evident was her love of dance and her complete joy in watching her daughter. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Trish Bergal (Dance Acquaintance) on: Nov 16, 2014

  • The love that Fran had for her children and their friends was always evident. May all of the wonderful memories of her that you cherish give you comfort at this difficult time. I send to you my most heartfelt sympathy. - Posted by: C. Berthelet (SJR) on: Nov 15, 2014

  • May her memory be a blessing. My condolences to her family friends and all who knew her. I was a patient and know she was a great daughter wife mother friend and doctor. Our appointment was more talk then therapy but that worked for me. I will cherish our time. - Posted by: Ken P (Patient ) on: Nov 15, 2014

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