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Sometimes it's hard to say goodbye to someone we love. We did not want to say goodbye to Merle this soon. However, cancer took over her body. After a courageous battle, she became palliative and passed away at home on September 2, 2019, with her loving family by her side.
We would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Fatoye and the wonderful staff at Seven Oaks Oncology, her palliative team and our angel Kimberly.
Those left to cherish Merle's memory are: her daughter Megan (Peter); her adorable grandsons, Peter (PS3) and Carter Slobodian; her husband of 36 years Sam Czemerys; her brother- and sister-in-law, Roman and Patti Czemerys; her sister and best friend Teresa (Greg); and her brothers, Joel (Allen) and Sam (Claudia); along with many nieces and nephews she was very close with and loved very much. She was predeceased by her baba Mary Glass; parents, Nathan and Rose Sarbit; sister Karen Avery (Jerome).
Merle was a caregiver who was loved by all who met her. She kept in touch with many childhood friends, still close to this day. Most of her free time was spent shopping with her "Golden Girls" Teresa and Trisha - they were known as the three musketeers. People gravitated towards Merle's calm and caring nature. She was known as a second mom to many of Megan's friends. Merle had a great sense of humour, never judged anyone and always lent an ear or a shoulder when needed.
Merle graduated from St. Johns High School and from there she chose professions where she could make a difference in the lives of others. She worked at Aleph Bet Daycare, owned a store called Second to None, and managed a house at DASCH where she supported ladies to live independently who she loved like they were her own. She was a lifelong learner who took many courses to upgrade her skills.
She met her husband Sam when he was her volleyball coach in Grade 8 at Luxton School. They connected again later in life and have been inseparable ever since. Sam admired Merle for the wonderful qualities she had -exemplary wife, mother and grandmother, great cook, thrifty shopper, and a kind and generous woman with a heart of gold. They created a beautiful life together and made memories that will never be forgotten.
In honouring Merle's wishes a Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Club 200, 190 Garry Street.
Donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 05, 2019

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Even way back in Grade 3 at Luxton school, Merle's loving personality was to reach out and welcome "the new kid in school". Need I say more? Merle you will be missed very much. Thank you for your friendship, your warmth, your humor and your strength. Memories are made of these. I know you're in heaven...probably helping some poor soul who looks forlorn. God be with you. b - Posted by: Barbara Greenstone Mandel (Friend) on: Sep 07, 2019

  • A very sweet person, with a huge heart and smile for everyone. You have earned your wings Meryl,.....❤️ - Posted by: Coco (Friends ) on: Sep 06, 2019

  • My sincere condolences to Sam and Merle’s families . - Posted by: Arthur Fox (Childhood friend) on: Sep 05, 2019

  • My sincere condolences to the Czemerys and Sarbit families. - Posted by: Ilana Sarbit Singer (cousin) on: Sep 05, 2019

  • Were sending, our sincere condolences thoughts and prayers to all of you. Merle was kind unique and certainly made a huge impact on many. Gone to soon. Rest in peace - Posted by: Rose & Dave (Friend) on: Sep 05, 2019

  • Merle was one of our guardian angels when we moved to Canada. Thank you for all the love and care you have rendered our family. You will be forever missed. - Posted by: Dennis (Friend) on: Sep 05, 2019

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