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Date of Passing: May 14, 2022

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Miriam Maltz passed away May 14, 2022 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
She is survived by her husband Philip; her daughter Sharon Maltz and son-in-law Howard Jesierski and grandsons, Matthew, Ryan and Michael Jesierski. She was predeceased by her parents, Reeven and Pessi Kirch; her brother Mendy Kirch; nephew Chuck Kirch; her brother-in-law Alvin Pshaenich; her uncle Shim Kirch; her aunt Doris Kirch and her cousins, Jean and Max Ruder.
Miriam was born in Poland and came to Canada at the age of five. She grew up in Fort William, Ontario and moved to Winnipeg as a young adult. She attended Queens University and the University of Manitoba, where she received the gold medal for highest standing in education.
Miriam taught English, first at West Kildonan Collegiate and then at Garden City Collegiate. Teaching was her passion and she encouraged hard work and attention to detail. Miriam will be remembered fondly by many of her students.
Miriam accepted a new challenge when she became principal at Ramah Hebrew School. She retired briefly, but was not one to stay idle and returned to work as the principal at Gray Academy.
Miriam's interests included reading, horse racing, golf and bridge. She was fortunate to travel to many destinations in the United States and to England, Scotland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland and Israel.
In her later years, Miriam resided at River Ridge Retirement Residence and the Simkin Centre. Many thanks to the staff at the latter for their compassionate care during the past year.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 21, 2022

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • I was an indifferent student but avid reader and writer when I met up with Mrs Maltz in Grade 12 at West Kildonan Collegiate. She encouraged and believed in me and that made all the difference. Years later when I had a doctorate in English from the University of London she was not suprised. Phil may not remember but his mother played an important role in my life when she lived next door to me ( I still have a photo) on Stella Avenue as a 3 year old new Canadian from England! Warm wishes, Barbara - Posted by: Barbara Gabriel ( nee Lecker) (student) on: Apr 28, 2023

  • After her English 300 class, you were ready to read or write anything that might come your way. You also had a broader appreciation of literature. Although it took me years to realize it, that class included some VERY relevant life lessons as well. Thank you, Mrs. Maltz! My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Dale Martens (Former student at Garden City Collegiate) on: Jun 04, 2022

  • I was a student at WK Collegiate and Ms. Maltz guided my preparation of my valedictory speech. I have always treasured the memory. And from what I have seen on line, she lived an exemplary life of public service. My condolences to her family. - Posted by: Stuart MacPherson (Former student) on: Jun 04, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of Mrs. Maltz's passing. Like so many others, I was very fortunate to be in her English 300 class at Garden City Collegiate. She was a great teacher - sharp, funny and wise - and she clearly loved what she did. I always enjoyed bumping into her over the years, catching up and reminiscing. Sincere sympathy to her family on their loss. - Posted by: Bruce Rubin (Student) on: May 26, 2022

  • I was saddened to read of the passing of Mrs. Maltz. I had the honour of attending Ramah for JK, K and Gr. 1 from 1994-7, which were the final years of Ramah itself and Mrs. Maltz's tenure as Principal. She was clearly a highly intelligent, dedicated, and effective leader. Much later, after she had re-retired, from her job as Director of Education at the Gray Academy of Jewish Education, and years after she must have last seen me, we ran into each other. Mrs. Maltz not only remembered me instantly, but also congratulated me on my and my teammates' then-recent second-place provincial performance on JWC/Gray Academy's Reach for the Top Team. That was Mrs. Maltz! May her memory be for a blessing. - Posted by: Michael A Schwartz (Former Student) on: May 23, 2022

  • In my 44 years at the University of Manitoba, I had many of Miriam's Grade 12 graduates in my first-year English classes. They were always among the best, well informed, and enthusiastic students I had the pleasure of pleasure of teaching. It was clear that she had made a huge difference in their lives. - Posted by: Professor Robert O'Kell (Friend) on: May 23, 2022

  • Sincere sympathy to Phil and family on your sad loss. Although it was many years ago, as a student at Garden City Collegiate, Miriam (or Mrs. Maltz) was memorable as a respected & admired teacher and role model who taught with passion & conviction to inspire her students to achieve academic excellence. She and Phil later became our good next-door neighbours. - Posted by: Dennis Kripiakevich (former student & neighbour) on: May 22, 2022

  • Dear Phil and family, Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of Miriam. She was a teacher of mine at WKCI and one of my favourites. I always enjoyed our classes together. Sincerely, Sharon Mintz - Posted by: Sharon Mintz (former student) on: May 22, 2022

  • Mrs. Maltz was my grade 12 English teacher at Garden City Collegiate. I remember the first day of class, she stood in front of us and said, “I demand excellence from my students.” There are teachers, and then there are master teachers. Mrs. Maltz was, without a doubt, a master teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed her class, and respected her very much. She inspired me to work hard and always strive to do my best. My sincere condolences to her husband and family. May her memory be a blessing to all who knew her. - Posted by: Sharon Corr (Former student) on: May 21, 2022

  • Mrs. Maltz was an outstanding teacher and one of my favourites at WKCI. Myrna (nee Schultz) McGregor, White Rock BC. - Posted by: Myrna McGregor (Teacher - Student) on: May 21, 2022

  • To Mrs. Maltz's dear family. I am very saddened by this devastating news and extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to you all. I was a proud pupil of hers during grade 12 English 300 at Garden City Collegiate. I really appreciated her sense of humour! She was an amazing teacher--I'm sure no one else on earth could effectively teach and truly make Shakespeare a delight to learn as she did. To this day, I recall Hamlet inside and out. RIP Mrs. Maltz 🌹 Sincerely, Jill Greenwood - Posted by: Jill Greenwood (neé Smerchansky) (Former pupil of her at Garden City Collegiate ) on: May 21, 2022

  • Mrs. Maltz was my first principal at the beginning of a thirty year teaching career. I think of her fondly as she was always kind and supportive. A beautiful smile. Never had a better principal. My condolences to her loved ones. - Posted by: Beth Johnson (former colleague) on: May 21, 2022

  • I have always remembered Mrs. Maltz as a great teacher and a lovely woman who truly cared about her students. My condolences to the family. Pat Senicki Guyda, Montreal - Posted by: Pat Guyda (former pupil) on: May 21, 2022

  • My sincere condolences, Phil, on the loss of your dear wife & friend. I’m sure I had met Miriam at an office function but it was a long time ago. Prayers to you & your family - Posted by: Doug Danell (Co-worker of Phil’s) on: May 21, 2022

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