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Date of Passing: Nov 21, 2019

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Claire Shindleman passed away peacefully on November 21, 2019 at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, one day after her birthday.
Claire was born in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba to Samuel and Anne Abells. Her siblings, all of blessed memory, were Rose Sarbit, and Bill, Hess and Charlie Abells.
Claire is survived by her sons, Robert, Sandy and Daniel, daughters-in-law, Diane and Andrea, and grandchildren, Edward, Henry, Annie and Anna-Lena. Claire also leaves nephews and nieces, and a brother-in-law Jack.
After a long illness with Alzheimer's that sadly robbed Claire of much of life's pleasures, she is and will always remain missed tremendously. We cherish her memory, her unending love for family and friends, her selflessness and caring for the communities in which she lived. She taught well by example how to treat all others with respect and kindness, that a job worth doing was worth doing well, that you have to invest time and effort in whatever you do, and that success is a byproduct not an end goal of a life well lived. Claire lived selflessly to help others. She cherished the company of friends, loved to dance, took great care in being a gracious host, devoted wife, amazing cook and baker. As a woman in the first half of the 20th century, she was dissuaded from achieving her professional goals. Her first job was working in the family grocery store, and then after completing high school she worked at Palm Dairies in Winnipeg. Claire remembered these days with great affection for her colleagues.
Claire married Edward Shindleman and, after marriage, moved to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. She quickly became a part of the fabric of Portage. She immersed herself in improving the school curriculum, she ran for school trustee, was on the Portage and District General Hospital Board, and all the while pursued golf (Portage Golf Club, and later at the Glendale Golf Club) and bridge (Life Master) with great passion. She was active with Hadassah Wizo. She welcomed the opportunities she had to travel including visits to Europe. She took an active interest in the family business activities. Claire took seriously the responsibilities of being a Canadian and a voter. She read extensively, informing herself on topics of the day, and formulated her own view. She supported and worked actively for charitable causes and the betterment of health care and research in Manitoba.
Gratitude to pallbearers, Jerry Abells, Michael Golden, Michael Kowalson, Howie Raber, Michael Stronger and Fil Zimerman. Claire's family also express their gratitude to Claire's wonderful caregivers who showed respect and willingness always to assist. They include Lhyn, Patty, Melanie, Ivy, Milyn, Rothel, Maria, Lilyann, Joanna and Karla.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, or Gray Academy of Jewish Education.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 07, 2019

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • My deepest condolences go out to Mr. Sandy and Robert Shindleman on the untimely passing of Mrs. Shindleman. - Posted by: Philip () on: Dec 03, 2021

  • Sorry to hear of your mother's death my thoughts are with all of the family ,enjoyed many years knowing your mother and father while working at Greenberg Grocery store for many years. - Posted by: Doreen Ryan (Friend) on: Nov 02, 2020

  • I did not know her at all or ever meet directly. But I do know her sons, Sandy and Robert very well. And in the many years I have known them I believe I was able to gain some insight into what this courageous and strong woman was made of by the strength and humanity of her two sons. I am sure that she was as proud of them as they were of her. - Posted by: Stephen Messinger (Friend of family ) on: Dec 15, 2019

  • My sincere sympathy to the Shindleman family. As a born and raised Portage boy, I remember your mom and the many trips to the grocery store. She was a very kind trusting lady and helped many a person get their groceries before payday simply on their word. Her name was well known in the community and in our home. William (Bill) Bradley - Posted by: Bill Bradley (neighbor ) on: Dec 13, 2019

  • My sincere condolences to the family - so sorry for your loss!! - Posted by: Joe Kalmar (Work Related) on: Dec 09, 2019

  • I met Claire at the Reh Fit many years ago, when I and my mother, Donna Macaw, were also members. Early in the morning, Claire would be there walking on the track with the ladies and sometimes alone (though not often) and we would chat as one of us passed the other or when I would finish my run and walk. I enjoyed my time with Claire and the conversations we had, learning about her family and what travels and adventures she was going to be going on and just catching up. Claire was a wonderful women and I will never forget her. Deepest sympathy to Claire's family from myself and my family. - Posted by: Sidney Macaw (Friend from The Reh Fit) on: Dec 07, 2019

  • A wonderful friend and neighbour -- a momentous year of fellow bar mitzvah mothers---Beverley and Chuck Golden - Posted by: Charles and Beverley Golden (Neighbour) on: Dec 07, 2019

  • I only met Claire a few times, but I was very taken by her attitude and grace. I can certainly relate to the pain of the of the family, my mother passed away from Alzheimer just like Claire. - Posted by: Frank Borsi (Friend of the Family) on: Dec 07, 2019

  • Sandy an awesome tribute to a woman that appears to have made the most of whatever circumstance society, life and love provided. - Posted by: Linda Loftus (Friend to Sandy and Diane) on: Dec 07, 2019

  • To express sympathy in the loss of your loved one and to let you know that many thoughts are with you and your family. In the love that surrounds you, may you find strength. In the memories you cherish, may you find peace. With caring thoughts Miro Cerqueti and pharmacy staff - Posted by: Miro Cerqueti (Friend) on: Dec 07, 2019

  • My condolences to the Shindleman family on the passing of their dear Mother and Grandmother, Claire. Sheila Breen - Posted by: Sheila Breen (Friend) on: Dec 07, 2019

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