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Born: Jan 17, 1959

Date of Passing: Feb 23, 2021

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January 17, 1959 - February 23, 2021

On February 23, 2021, at 2:55 a.m., we lost our mother, sister, aunt, friend and dental hygienist, Sharon Beth Kaplan. Her sudden passing, shortly after learning she had pancreatic cancer, has left a void in all of our hearts.
Born Sharon Beth Slayen, she was predeceased by her parents, Ruth and Hookey Slayen and her sister Heather Slayen. She is survived by her loving daughters, Blair Kaplan Venables (Shayne Venables) and Alana Kaplan, sister Reesa (Martin), brother Stuart Slayen (Shira Cohen), nieces and nephews, Cari, Noah, Alyssa, Adam (Rachel), and great-niece Molly.
Sharon was raised in West Kildonan and attended Talmud Torah, Jefferson Jr. High, and graduated from Garden City Collegiate in 1977. She studied Dental Hygiene at the University of Manitoba and had a long and honourable career as a dental hygienist. Over the years, she worked at various dental offices, including East Kildonan Dental Group where she worked for the past 29 years. Her work family was her second family. Sharon had a taste of mini-retirement when the pandemic first started and she hated it. She loved her job, co-workers, bosses, and patients so much that she worked up to three weeks prior to her passing.
Sharon did everything in her power to make sure her daughters were set up for success. She did everything she could to give them a good life. She loved going on family vacations and was always the first one at the pool to make sure her family got the best lounge chairs. She was always the first one to a party and the last one to leave the dance floor. She was everyone's biggest fan, especially her daughters'.
Sharon had the warmest smile, the quirkiest sense of humour, and such a loving nature.
Her family was with her, holding her, when she took her final breaths and peacefully left us. The memories we made together will always be a blessing.

We love you, Mom.

Sharon was laid to rest at the Hebrew Sick Benefit Cemetery on February 24. Pallbearers were Cheryl Metzler, Teri Pesochin, Evan Roitenberg, Neil Rykiss, Norm Yusim and Paul Zimberg.
The family extends its gratitude to the staff who cared for Sharon at the Grace and St. Boniface Hospitals, and to Rabbi Kliel Rose of Congregation Etz Chayim for his support.
Donations can be made in Sharon's memory to Pancreatic Cancer Canada or to the Ruth and Hookey Slayen Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 06, 2021

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • I was very saddened to hear of Sharon's passing. I appreciated her gentle touch on the cleaning tools and her wonderful sense of humour. We had great discussions about dentistry and being a dental hygienist and it was clear that she was passionate about her work and wanting to help people. I will miss her very much. My deepest condolences to her family. - Posted by: Carol Cooke (Clien) on: Mar 23, 2021

  • I have known Sharon for 29 years. She was a wonderful person and a great hygienist. We would always talk about her girls, trips, and things she was doing. I will miss her very much. - Posted by: Heather Alexandruk (Client ) on: Mar 19, 2021

  • I am 33 years old and Sharon is the only dental hygienist I have ever had. I have known her for close to 30 years. She was a sweet person and loved her daughters so much. She always told me what they were up to, and wanted to hear about the latest developments in my own life. I will miss our conversations. What a great loss. My sincerest condolences to the staff at EK Dental, and Sharon's family and friends, especially her two daughters, who I never met but heard so much about! - Posted by: Emily Halldorson (patient) on: Mar 15, 2021

  • On behalf of the Ryback Family we would like to offer our Condolences to Sharon's family. She was such a Beautiful soul. She has been my hygienist for over 20 years. I always looked forward to seeing her and her smile. I was saddened to hear of her passing as I was going to be seeing her very soon. I will never look at her work area the same anymore and with sadness. She will be missed and always remembered. 💔💔 - Posted by: Kathy Ryback (Patient) on: Mar 14, 2021

  • Sharon was a wonderful dental professional who I looked forward to seeing at my visits over the past 17 years (and how many people would say THAT about getting their teeth cleaned!). Her love for her daughters was obvious. She will be missed. My sincere condolences to her family and the staff at East Kildonan Dental Group. - Posted by: Lori W. (Patient) on: Mar 14, 2021

  • Sharon was one of the best dental clinicians that I've ever met. She was gentle, thorough, and efficient. She was a joy to work with and to learn from. Also, her love for her family was so evident. She was a great example to all. May what is offered be holy and what is broken be healed, and may Sharon rest in God's Eternal Memory! - Posted by: Esther Juce (Former Colleague at EKDG) on: Mar 11, 2021

  • I would like to send condolences on behalf of the Kaminsky family. We have been patients at EKDG for over 20 years and it was always a joy on seeing Sharon everytime we visited (there was 6 of us so Sharon had the whole experience). She was so well at her job that my parents only saw her for their cleanings for the last 20 years. We are going to miss seeing her and that first room on the left is not going to be the same. Thank you for your service Sharon, you will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out her daughters and family. We are so sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Kimberly Kaminsky (Patient ) on: Mar 10, 2021

  • I was shocked & saddened to hear about the loss of Sharon. We were childhood friends many years ago at Talmud Torah. I bumped into her over the years & the last time I spoke with her was when I attended the presentation made by Blair at the 2020 Limmud Winnipeg. She was so proud of you, Blair! I hope your family's memories bring you all some comfort. - Posted by: Renee Billauer (nee Rubinfeld) (Childhood friend) on: Mar 08, 2021

  • For as long as I knew Sharon (early teens), she was a trusted and loyal friend. Hilarious, we shared lots of laughter together. We lost touch in our twenties and then connected 10 years ago, it was like we didn’t miss a beat. Her daughters were her pride and joy. Lighting up her face as she spoke of them. She we a genuine, warm soul and she will be in my heart forever. ❤️ - Posted by: Cindy Railian (Friend ) on: Mar 07, 2021

  • Sending our sincere condolences to Blair, Alana & All the family. We’re holding you “ALL” up in prayer at this time. May the Lord be your arm of Strength & peace at this very difficult time. ❤️🙏 - Posted by: Valerie Venables & Family (Mother-in-Law) on: Mar 06, 2021

  • Sending our love to Blair & Alana and the rest of Sharon’s family. Your mother was a wonderful woman and she certainly loved you girls with all her heart. We are so sorry for your immense loss. - Posted by: Danielle Menzel & Geoff Tait (Friend) on: Mar 06, 2021

  • Mom, I miss you. B - Posted by: Blair Kaplan Venables (Daughter) on: Mar 06, 2021

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