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Born: Mar 26, 1962

Date of Passing: May 23, 2019

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March 26, 1962 - May 23, 2019

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Anna Frances Saltzberg on May 23, 2019, at the age of 57.
Anna was born and spent her entire life in Winnipeg. Anna was lovingly named after her father's mother who perished in the Holocaust.
Anna attended Garden City Collegiate and graduated high school at the University of Winnipeg Collegiate.
Anna suffered from Schizophrenia for most of her life. She was in and out of hospital for many years until she was stabilized such that she could live on her own. Anna was able to live independently with the help of an incredible organization called PACT, that supported those with mental illness to live on their own in the community.
Anna was a sweet, kind and generous soul. She had a childlike demeanor that was so endearing to all those she met. She brought a smile to everyone as she shopped in her neighbourhood daily. She gave away mostly everything she bought, as her greatest passion was to give to others. Anna would send weekly envelopes to her brothers, cousins and friends filled with items that included paper, pencils, elastics, garbage bags, Kleenex and stickers. Wherever she went she filled her shopping bags with these items and gave them away to people she met on her way. It was difficult to refuse her gifts as she would not take no for an answer. The only hope was that a compromise would be reached and that the recipient would accept one rather than six items.
Anna cared deeply for animals and especially dogs and cats. She constantly bought cat and dog food and would place it under garbage bins so stray animals would have something to eat. She was well known and loved by the team at the Winnipeg Humane Society. She loved visiting and spending time with the animals waiting to be found or adopted. Anna loved music and would spend her days calling radio stations making song requests and attempting to win prizes.
Despite her illness, Anna was the essence of what is good in this world. Her heart was full of pure love for other people and animals.
The family are extremely and eternally grateful to her amazing care team from PACT. They helped Anna to live on her own with dignity. They cared for her with love and compassion as if she was their family.
Anna was predeceased by her beloved and devoted parents, Joan Carole Gordon and Walter Saltzberg; her grandparents; and her fur brother Corky.
She is survived by her brothers, George and Jack; her brother-in law Timothy Swift; her fur nephew Benny; her aunt Jean Shnier; and her cousins, Myrna Shnier, Patrisha McLean and Penny Stern, and their children and grandchildren. She is also survived by many other extended family members and friends.
Funeral service was officiated by Rabbi Matthew Leibl and held on Monday, May 27 at the Chesed Shel Emes, followed by burial at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Karen Vickar, Jonathan Fine, Zev Rumstein, Dan East, David Rubenfeld and Albert Yanofsky.
Donations in Anna's name can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society.
Publish Date: Jun 1, 2019

March 26, 1962 - May 23, 2019

Suddenly passed away on May 23, 2019 at the age of 57.
Anna is survived by her brothers, George (Timothy Swift) and Jack.
Funeral service and burial will take place on Monday, May 27, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at the Chesed Shel Emes, 1023 Main Street with interment to follow at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery. Meal of condolence will be held at the Congregation Etz Chaim, 123 Matheson Avenue East.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Anna's memory can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society.
Longer obituary to follow.
Publish Date: May 25, 2019

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 25, 2019, Jun 01, 2019

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • My deepest condolences on the loss of dear Anna. I remember her so very well as we were childhood friends. Living just around the corner from each other. So sad to have found this news. - Posted by: shari (hendin)fraser (childhood friend) on: Oct 08, 2020

  • Dear George, my sincere condolences to you and your family about Anna's passing. From reading about Anna, she came across as a wonderful person with a beautiful and sensitive soul who cared for one and all around her. Such souls are rare, unique and precious. She was very blessed to be surrounded by loving and supportive family members and you and your dear ones are equally blessed to share life's beautiful memories with an amazing person like Anna. I wish you and your dear ones peace, courage and strength at this difficult time. - Posted by: Zehra Ali (George's Colleague) on: Jul 02, 2019

  • To George, Tim, Jack and family, I was saddened to hear about Anna's passing. From reading about Anna, she had a full and rewarding life and had an incredibly genuine and loving way many people and animals. You are blessed to have loved and cared for such a remarkable person. - Posted by: Cynthia McCutcheon (Family friend) on: Jun 12, 2019

  • I wish to extend my deepest condolences to Anna's family and friends upon her passing. Anna always spoke with great affection of her family. I got to know Anna's parents and stepmother, and it was obviously a close knit family of great love, though shaped and battered by a horrific past. Schizophrenia is a dreadful illness, stealing one's hopes and dreams for the future. Yet Anna, with wonderful supports, found her niche in the world where she could live independently and simply, and be at peace with her life. She was a gentle, loving soul, who was most content when she could simply be. She left her mark on many of us. - Posted by: Gisele Rouillard (mental health worker) on: Jun 09, 2019

  • Dear George, Timothy and Jack,, It is with great sadness that we learn of Anna's passing and wish you strength and courage in the days in front of you. Take pleasure in knowing the wonderful footprints that she left in the hearts of many and for this - she will never be forgotten. With our sincere condolences. Shirley & Arnie Stobnicky - Posted by: Shirley & Arnie Stobnicky (Friend) on: Jun 02, 2019

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