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Born: Jan 30, 1925

Date of Passing: Nov 08, 2021

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January 30, 1925 - November 8, 2021

Eva Israel passed away peacefully at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre in Winnipeg at the age of 96.
Eva was predeceased by her parents, Rose and David Kobilnitsky; her husband Harry, and her brother Elliot Koblin. She will be lovingly remembered by her brother Saul (Jackie) Koblin; her children, Robert (Debbie) Israel and Susan Israel (Sam Baardman); grandchildren, Hillel (Yonah), Aliza (Avrum), Gilan (Chava), Leora (David), Benjamin (Lara), Rosalyn (Rob), and Isaac (Rae); great-grandchildren, Levi, Taylor, Roberta, Lionel, Izzy, Sammy, Judah, Merhavyah, Yeshayahu, Shlomo, Hisda; and great-great-granddaughter Elisheva.
Eva's childhood was spent on a Jewish farm colony in Hoffer, Saskatchewan, with no electricity or running water. Life was challenging, and the family eventually moved to Winnipeg's North End where Eva attended St. John's Tech. Eva excelled in school and went on to train as a secretary. She worked for a Chartered Accounting firm, B'nai Brith, and then the Civil Service. She worked for the director of Criminal Prosecutions and then for the judges in the Manitoba Court of Appeal. Eva finally retired at age 65. Always an avid learner, she became proficient at email, Facebook, and Skype, and enjoyed playing online bridge.
Eva was a peace activist and a feminist. She was a lifelong supporter of the New Democratic Party and a member of The Voice of Women for Peace. Every Mother's Day she stood at Portage and Main in a silent vigil for peace. She took her kids to marches to protest nuclear weapons.
Eva married Harry when she was 21. They were devoted parents and grandparents. Together they enjoyed entertaining their friends, playing bridge, and square dancing. They never missed a family celebration, sometimes travelling to Vancouver, Toronto or California for weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs. Eva was very active at the Gwen Sector Creative Living Centre, and rarely missed a dance.
Harry passed away in 2011 and Eva suffered a stroke in 2013.
We are so grateful to the wonderful staff and volunteers at the Simkin Centre. Eva really enjoyed the music programs and Jewish holiday celebrations.
A graveside service was held on November 9 at the Hebrew Sick Benefit Association Cemetery, Rabbi Kliel Rose presiding.
Many thanks to the pallbearers, Miriam Baron, Isaac Dennett, Ed Feuer, Ben Friedman, Benjamin Israel, and Josh Usiskin.
If you wish, donations in Eva's memory may be made to the Music Therapy Department at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 13, 2021

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • Debbie and Israel, and family, Please accept my sincere condolences for your mother-in-law. (may she be a blessed memory for you and the whole family). It has been a very difficult summer and fall for you Debbie and I hope that you are managing your grief regarding your beloved sister as well. Please keep in touch if you feel like it. Love Linda - Posted by: Linda Wasserman (Friend ) on: Nov 13, 2021

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