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SYLVIA COHEN FELDMAN (published on September 13, 2008)

SYLVIA COHEN FELDMAN (nee RILL) After a long and full life, our mother passed away Sept. 4, 2008, at Victoria Hospital, two months before her 100th birthday. She was predeceased by her first husband, Joseph J. Cohen, and her second husband, Benjamin Feldman. Surviving are her daughters Joan Cohen and Carolyn Mitchell; son-in-law Nathan Mitchell; grandchildren Jeffrey Mitchell and partner Barbara Prue, and Alison Mitchell and her husband Gary Israel; her great-grandchildren Sophie and Sasha Israel and Kenneth and Michael Prue. She is also survived by Ben's daughter Doreen and her husband Arnold, their daughters Sheryl Kapitz (husband Aaron London) and Francine Kapitz-Margolese (husband Alan Margolese) and great-grandchildren Sarah and Laura London and Benjamin and Hannah Margolese. Sylvia was born in Winnipeg, daughter of the late Frances and Julius Rill. Her childhood, growing up on Purcell Avenue with her twin brother Cyril, was a happy one, and remembered with much joy. She had a lifelong love of music and studied piano for many years. She also excelled in languages. She graduated from Kelvin high school and attended the University of Manitoba, afterward taking a job as a private secretary at the Winnipeg Grain Exchange. She left at the time of her marriage in 1933. Her life, as mother and homemaker, continued to be rich and rewarding. A great reader, a Master bridge player and bridge partner to husband Joseph, an excellent and creative cook and, still, a talented pianist in her home setting (and sometime music coach to her kids) she never lacked something to occupy her time. During her 17-year marriage to Ben, she had many happy trips to his native England and to Hawaii. She did, however, have to grapple with an ever-increasing hearing loss which began when she was in her early 30s and continued throughout her life. This for many years constrained her social life because she found it difficult to participate in conversations in group gatherings. Sylvia outlived all her friends and her circle of companions diminished, to become only family and outside caregivers: Elsa, Helen, Blanche, Carla and Pat, and also longtime helper Paula. Her home care workers found her quite special; they loved the stories of her younger days and described her as very knowledgeable, intelligent and kind. Sylvia received excellent care from Dr. Cavers and Dr. Munsamy and the nursing staff at Victoria hospital. At her request, she was buried with a graveside service at Shaarey Zedek cemetery on Friday, Sept. 5. Pallbearers were her grandchildren. Should you desire, contributions may be made in Sylvia's name to a charity of your choice.

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