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Date of Passing: May 01, 2019

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Ethel Kushner passed away on her own terms with her chosen family by her side on May 1, 2019. Funeral was held May 2, 2019 at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.
Ethel was born in the small Jewish settlement of Mac Rorie in Saskatchewan. She always said her life was like the book The Grapes of Wrath. She was a woman you could confide in. Ethel moved to Winnipeg and put herself through business college and met the love her life, Arthur Kushner. Ethel was married to Arthur for 45 wonderful years. Even when Arthur was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, Ethel was always by his side. Ethel worked at Cassidy's Ltd. for the next 12 years then transferred to Sysco for the next 30 years until retirement. Ethel also helped Arthur with his photo business, Paramount Photos, owned by Arthur Kushner and Barney Charach.
In 1983, the Brookers moved next door and the families instantly clicked. The family added a wonderful dimension to Arthur and Ethel's lives; many good times from births, birthdays, Bat Mitzvahs, and weddings as well as many sad times, which only made us grow stronger and closer. She has been the rock to our family for over 30 years and we are fortunate to have had them both in our lives.
Arthur went on his own, with Ethel at his side, running the wedding pictures and she will forever be known as Arthur's Tuffy!
Ethel is joining her parents, Morris Arlinsky, Sarah Beslwow-Arlinsky, Jeanette Arlinsky, Morris Arlinsky, Dr. Brian Brooker and many special friends in her life. After a short illness with colon cancer, she decided to take a new adventure and passed away on her own terms, surrounded by family.
Ethel leaves her chosen family, Lil Brooker (Marvin Shenkarow), Melanie and Michael Coodin, Samantha Brooker, Andrew Krichkowski and special boys, Hartley and Avery Coodin and Ben Krichkowski. She also is survived by Marie Arlins.
Ethel loved gardening and sharing. She would share with all the neighbours; too many to mention. She had many good friends. She will be missed.
Ethel was a believer in a healthy lifestyle.
From tennis, walking, swimming and a must bicycle ride; at least 20 miles a day on her exercise bike. Eating garlic was also a must.

We will miss you Ethel very much.
Love always from your chosen family.

Arthur always said life is just a part of the soul's journey and now she has gone to the next one! L'Chaim; full speed ahead!
We would like to thank several people. Thank you to Rabbi Mass for all his kind words at this time. Thank you to Estelle Raber. Thank you Rena Boroditsky at the Chesed Shel Emes. Thank you to the MAID team for all their support. Also we would like to thank the staff and physicians of Charleswood Medical Clinic including Dr. Kanwarjit Warraich, Dr. Michael Coodin and Dr. Trevor Angus.
Thank you to the pallbearers, Samantha Brooker, Michael Coodin, Melanie Coodin, Andrew Krichkowski, Alec Markusoff, and Lil Brooker.
Donations can be made to War Amps of Manitoba.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 25, 2019

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