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Date of Passing: Apr 01, 2021

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Joyce Beth Rothman (Wolinsky) passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her Winnipeg home on April 1, 2021, at the age of 75. She was kind, funny, beautiful and full of love.
Predeceased by her parents, Irving and Eve Wolinsky, and her twin sister Judy, from whom she was inseparable. She is survived by her sister Karen, her former husband Myles; her children, Daniel (Jordana), Zachary (Melanie) and Matthew (Sara), her niece Catherine (Carson); her grandchildren, Sam, Noah, Theo, Saskia, Indiana; and her grandnephew and grandniece, Fox and River.
Joyce was born in Winnipeg and spent her childhood summers at Loni Beach, Gimli. She was defined by her selfless love for her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Her sons fondly remember their mom eagerly waiting to pick them up on the last day of school, with special lunch trips for dim sum and to Ken Hong's for wonton soup.
She was a shy and private person, but genuinely interested in the lives of everyone she met, bringing her many lasting, lifelong connections. A kind, compassionate and curious listener, with whom strangers would often share their personal stories. She was always available to lend comfort.
Joyce loved to laugh. It was a joyous cackle that could light up a room. It's her laugh that many of us will keep in our memories.
She leaves behind friends and family whom she loved, and who loved her dearly. She passed away surrounded by and expressing love.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 06, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I met Joyce over 30 years ago. One thing about Joyce was that she loved her nails groomed! I did them for over 25 years. Joyce was very classy, sassy, funny, smart and curious. We laughed and cried a lot over the years riding the the waves of our lives. It was a gift to know her. RIP my special friend ❤️🙏🏽❤️ - Posted by: Robyn (Friend) on: Apr 07, 2021

  • Joyce and I live in the same apartment building. We met and became instant friends. I enjoyed her conversations and company. We had many things in common. I will miss her very much. I am so sorry for your loss. She was a lovely person. - Posted by: Wendy Grusko (Friend and neighbor ) on: Apr 06, 2021

  • I met the entire Wolinsky family when I was a very young boy, perhaps 6 or 7, in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small village outside of Springfield. They would come down from Winnipeg to visit Eve's dear cousin Rosalind (Roz) and her husband Simon (Si) Katz, our neighbours on Laurel Street, my parents' closest friends, and in many ways, my surrogate parents. In my childhood, my parents travelled a great deal, and I would spend countless hours visiting Roz and Si and their two children, Carol and Alan. They had the first TV I ever encountered, and I have deeply imprinted memories of watching Milton Berle and Kukla, Fran, and Ollie sitting on their porch in the summertime. Carol was really an older sister to me and became a cherished friend throughout her far too short life. Joyce and Judy were close to my age and fascinated me. Being from distant Canada, I thought they were exotic and very pretty. And they were TWINS! They were a bit frightening too. I was both enthralled and intimidated and certainly shy, yet I realize now that I was intrigued by their quick humour, sharp comments (more from Judy), their Canadian twang, and their spirit of fun. Over the years, I continued to hear about them, but after my dad's death in 1958, my family moved to NYC to begin a new chapter. I continued to regularly keep in touch with the Katz family and saw the Wolinskys periodically throughout my high school years, but then, as so often happens, lost touch. However, I never forgot them, especially the twins who played such an unusual yet significant role in my personal development. My deep condolences to their extended families. I come from a distant corner of their lives that you know nothing about. Your mothers and grandmothers were lovely and exuberant girls and then, young women. I hope you will treasure and vividly secure their memories in your hearts. - Posted by: Michael Schaffer (childhood friend) on: Apr 06, 2021

  • To Joyce's many family members, My sincerest condolences for your loss. My the wonderful memories bring you all comfort during this enormous loss. Rest in peace Joyce. Deborah Bensky - Posted by: Deborah Bensky (Friend) on: Apr 06, 2021

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