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Date of Passing: Jan 12, 2020

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Valli Jean Berman on January 12, 2020, at the age of 91, just four months after the passing of her beloved husband of 71 years, Alexander Berman.
Val is survived by her three sons and their families: Greg and Anne Guld of Winnipeg, Steve and Akiko of Japan and Drew and Pearl Gropper of Toronto. Proud grandmother to Skyler, Avery, Ayumi, Shiori, Harrison, Abby and Joseph, and loving great-grandmother to Lowan.
Val was born and raised in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, the daughter of Dr. Harry and Anne Portnuff.
Val met Alex at a University of Manitoba function. They were married in 1948 and enjoyed a 71 year romance. Their love was contagious and inspiring.
A gourmet chef and baker, Val knew all the fineries of entertaining, enjoyed good wine and single malt scotch, and a dinner at their home was always an elegant, glamorous occasion.
Never afraid to speak her mind, Val was outspoken, opinionated and loud. She was strong and stern, had a great sense of humour and an infectious laugh. The world is far less interesting without her in it.
After 71 years of marriage she and Alex would still walk holding hands, and they are once more side by side, hand in hand.
Val was predeceased by her brother Paul Portnuff, whom she loved deeply. She was looked up to and adored by numerous nephews and nieces and will be missed tremendously by family and friends alike.
The family held a private service with a celebration to follow at a later date.
Donations may be made in Val's honour to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights,

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 25, 2020

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Our sincere condolences to Greg, Anne and family. Thinking of you at this difficult time. - Posted by: Dave & Dorothy Hildebrand (Old friends!) on: Jan 25, 2020

  • So sorry for the loss of both of your parents. I enjoyed getting to know your mom at one of her cooking classes in Winnipeg and still think of her when I use her recipes. My condolences to your family. - Posted by: Terry Hornstein (Friend) on: Jan 25, 2020

  • Extending my deepest sympathy to Greg, Anne and the Berman family on the passing of your dear mother and family matriarch. Very saddened to see she passed away so soon after your dad. Thinking of you at this very sad and difficult time. Lynda Ruban - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (Canadian Cancer Society retired ) on: Jan 25, 2020

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