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Born: May 15, 1926

Date of Passing: Jan 29, 2023

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May 15, 1926 - January 29, 2023

With deep sadness, but much love and gratitude for her long, full and well-lived life, the family of Mavis Rabkin announces her peaceful passing on Sunday, January 29, 2023 surrounded by all her children.
Cherishing their loving memories are Tammy, Jack (Linda), Debbie (Robert), her grandchildren: Mark, Melissa, Mitchell and Aaron, and nieces and nephews in Canada, USA and Israel.
She was predeceased by the love of her life, Mayer, in 2017, her parents: Malka and Mendel Chaikin, siblings: Clara, Thelma, Ben (Marion), Osher (Irene), in-laws: Jacob and Anna Rabkin.
Mavis was born in Yorkton, SK, grew up in Grandview MB, attended St. John's Tech and the U of M in Winnipeg. She met Mayer, a charming WWII vet and fellow U of M student. They were married in 1950. Their married life was happily lived in Portage la Prairie, on Queen Ave., where she was a loving and devoted wife and mother. She was deeply involved in all aspects of the community.
Small in stature, but feisty, with boundless energy and a huge smile, she actively participated in her synagogue, Hadassah, volunteer work, golf, curling, skating, bridge, bowling, gardening and more. A skilled hostess with extraordinary cooking and baking talents always found her family, extended family and friends gathered around her table for holidays and family celebrations. Throughout all of this she worked alongside Mayer in the store.
She and Mayer moved to Winnipeg in 1988 where she maintained an active life style. They enjoyed many adventures over the years, including family summers at Clear Lake, numberous family road trips, winters in Palm Springs, Florida, Arizona and Hawaii, and trips to Israel and Spain.
Services were held Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at the Chesed Shel Emes officiated by Rabbi A. Mass. Pallbearers were Jack, Mark, Mitchell, Melissa Rabkin, Aaron and Robert Witzke.
The family thanks the Simkin Centre, where she resided the past few years, for their care and attention.
Donations to honour Mavis' memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

Publish Date: Feb 11, 2023

May 15, 1926 - January 29, 2023

With deep sadness we announce the passing of Mavis Rabkin.
Funeral service to be held at Chesed Shel Emes, 1023 Main St., on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.
Longer obituary to follow.

Publish Date: Feb 1, 2023

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 01, 2023, Feb 11, 2023

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Tammy and family our sincerest condolences in the loss of your lovely mother. We had the privilege of meeting you all at Simkin Centre where our parents resided as well. We fondly remember the many fun pre Covid activities our parents shared there, bingo, concerts and holiday celebrations. Tammy, you gave your mother a better life because you were by her side always a great example to all of us. Hugs and prayers! Rest in peace dear Mavis - Posted by: Maria and Tom Masi & Frank Grande (Friends) on: Feb 23, 2023

  • Tammy and family, we were so sorry to hear of Mavis’ passing, upon our return from vacation. Even though we only met a year ago, we thoroughly enjoyed our visits at Simkin with you and your mom, especially outside in the Summer. Your mom was a very special lady. Shalom. - Posted by: John & Lenore Hodge (Friend) on: Feb 22, 2023

  • Dear Tammy and family, I am sorry for the loss of your precious mother. RIP Mavis. - Posted by: Mary Cole (Friend) on: Feb 15, 2023

  • Sorry for your loss Aaron and family. May Mavis RIP. With love from Australia ❤️ - Posted by: Josh (Friend) on: Feb 12, 2023

  • Dear Tammy, Jack, Debbie and family, I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your beloved mother and grandmother. Our families were close friends for many decades, and I remember our many car trips out to Portage la Prairie to visit all of you. Your parents rolled out the red carpet on every visit, and we loved our time together. Your mother was a marvellous cook and delighted in preparing the most delicious and lavish meals for us. Our mothers shared a beautiful friendship for more than 70 years. On countless occasions, they regaled us about their summer jobs at Swift’s Meat Packers while students at the U of M - my mother cracked thousands of eggs which would be dried and processed for powdered egg mixtures, and your mother ironed wax paper to ensure perfect packing conditions for the company’s meat sales. Imagine doing those jobs for 4 months every summer - fortunately, they had each other for support. After your parents moved to Winnipeg, your mother joined my mother’s bridge club, and quickly became one of the “girls.” This group of 12 bright and extremely accomplished women played bridge weekly for more than 60 years, and their devotion and mutual love became legendary. Your parents were extraordinary people and together they exemplified love, respect, kindness and generosity. I send all of you my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beautiful mother, Mavis Rabkin. May her memory always be a blessing. - Posted by: Hope Springman (Family friend) on: Feb 11, 2023

  • Tammy, I am sorry for your loss. You were a loving and devoted daughter for years. I am sure she appreciated your care. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Elizabeth Watson (Friend) on: Feb 06, 2023

  • Tammy, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was such a wonderful lady. I am thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Sending you lots of love, hugs and prayers. Rest in Peace Mrs. Rabkin - Posted by: Laura Medven (dental office admin) on: Feb 01, 2023

  • Tammy and family, I was so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. It was always so nice have a little chat with her on my volunteer weekends. Miriam Fenster - Posted by: Miriam Fenster (Volunteer at Simkin) on: Feb 01, 2023

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