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Date of Passing: Apr 24, 2004

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GERTRUDE MITCHELL (nee SIRLUCK) On April 24, 2004, at the Simkin Centre of the Sharon Home, in her 96th year. Gertrude was born in 1908 in Winkler, MB to Isaac Sirluck and Rose Nitikman. She was the eldest of five children in a family that formed an integral part of Winklers pioneering Jewish community. Gertrude led the way to higher education for her family as she developed her passion for language and literature at the University of Manitoba. Gertrude distinguished herself academically and graduated in 1929. In 1933 Gertrude married Harry Mitchell, a person with a vivid spirit to match her own. They spent over 60 years together and were lifelong partners until Harrys death in 1994. She worked at Western Glove Works in the 1930s, and in the 1950s when Harry became ill, she returned to work alongside him in Western Garment Ltd. Gertrude was a paradigm of strength, elegance and intelligence to her children. To her grandchildren, "Bobba Gitel" was the seat of every family gathering, an elegant presence who gave unconditional love, generosity and support. There were many in her extended family who received the benefit of her great energy and vital support. Independence, strength and sense of purpose characterized her life. In the last years, when the frustrations of aging took their toll, she remained nonetheless the embodiment of will and courage. Gertrude was predeceased by her husband Harry, brother Robert Sirluck (R.A.F. 1944), her sister Hilda Struc and son-in-law David Borenstein. She is survived by her sister Gladys Bruser; and brother Ernest Sirluck; her children, Ruth Ann Borenstein, Paula Mitchell and Michael Mitchell; son-in-law Arnold Leventhal; and daughter-in-law Lynne Mitchell; granddaughters, Rachel Mitchell, Alisa Mitchell, Sara Mitchell and Anna Leventhal. Donations in memory of Gertrude may be made to the Sharon Home, the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba or the Winnipeg Library Foundation Inc.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 01, 2004

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