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Born: May 20, 1912

Date of Passing: Dec 31, 2000

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ESTHER (KAHANOVITCH) WOLINSKY It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved aunt Esther Wolinsky on Sunday, December 31, 2000 at the Sharon Home. The funeral ceremony was held at Chesed Shel Emes, followed by interment at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery at 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 1. The service was performed by Rabbi Altein. The pallbearers were Gary Dolovitch, Moshe Selchen, Adam Gutkin, Ari Wainberg, Jeremy Rose and Gav Sosnowicz. Esther was the last surviving child of the late Chief Rabbi Israel Isaac Kahanovitch and Rebbitzen Chiah Rachel Kahanovitch. Esther was born May 20, 1912, one of eight brothers and sisters. She was predeceased by her parents; brothers, Fred, Moe and Harry; sisters, Goldie, Sophie, Fanny and Nellie; and two husbands, Nathan Harris of Montreal and Morris Wolinsky of New York. Esther is survived by many nieces in Canada, U.S. and Israel, and by her sister-in-law Anne Kahanovitch of Winnipeg. She lived in New York for many years before returning to Winnipeg. She had a great love for the State of Israel, was a frequent visitor there and supported many Jewish charitable organizations locally and in Israel. Her life was deeply immersed in maintaining Yiddishkeit - keeping kosher - observing Shabbat and all the holidays - attending shul until it was too difficult for her to do so. Unfortunately, Esther had no children of her own, so she had immense love for her large extended family. She was a teacher, loved to sing, play piano, and dance. Esther always had a smile that showed her wonderful sense of humour. Her jokes and unending stories of her life were enjoyed by all. Esther lived a full life, spending time with family, friends, travelling and reading. She was very involved with various Jewish organizations that were so important to her, especially Mizrachi Womens Organization - as a Mother in Israel and Hadassah-Wizo. She received a number of awards for the work she did for her support of Israel. Esther was a very independent woman, but required help during the last few years as her health deteriorated. Very special thanks to her devoted caregivers, Cynthia Alexander and Lisa Lisowska and to the 3rd floor staff at the Sharon Home. Esthers passing has left a deep gap in our lives; she will be missed so much. We loved her very much! In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 06, 2001

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