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RUTH PERMUT (published on January 24, 2009)

RUTH PERMUT Surrounded by her family, Ruth Permut, age 83, passed away peacefully on January 14, 2009 at the Misericordia Place Personal Care Home. Ruth was predeceased by her parents Zelda and Hyman (Harry) Sidenberg and by her brother Jack Sidenberg. She is lovingly remembered by Irwine (Ike), her husband of 62 years; her daughter Marsha; her son Arnold and his wife Susan; and her daughter Harriet. She will also be greatly missed by her grandchildren Ari Kapitany, Jessy Kapitany, and Janie Gilbert and her husband Jeffrey Gilbert. Funeral services were held at Congregation Etz Chayim on January 16, 2009 with interment at the Bnay Abraham Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ari Kapitany, Jeffrey Gilbert, Yale Gilbert, Stan Zynoberg, Mark Cohen and Mark Shuster. Honourary Pallbearers were Morris Chapnick, Bob Ristock and Joe Mindell. Ruth was a founding member of the Bnay Abraham Synagogue Sisterhood. She was also a member of ORT Winnipeg and Hadassah-WIZO. Straight out of Isaac Newton High School, Ruth trained as a Registered Nurse at the Winnipeg General Hospital, Class of 1946B. She was a proud member of the Nurses' Alumni Association of the Winnipeg General Hospital and Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg. She had a lifelong interest in the medical profession and continued as a volunteer at Children's Hospital later in life. Her family and friends were always amazed at the breadth of her medical knowledge and how she kept up with the latest treatments and trends. Ruth was a 17-year survivor of Multiple Myeloma. Her longevity with this disease was remarkable. In no small part this was due to Ruth's being forward looking, progressive and brave enough to try alternative approaches to dealing with the disease. Ruth and Ike attended many international conferences on Multiple Myeloma where they developed personal relationships with top researchers in the field, and were encouraged to share their information and experience. Throughout this journey, Ruth exhibited quiet dignity and never complained. In fact, she encouraged everyone around her, including others afflicted by serious illness, to take charge of their own well being. Although many thought that Ruth was quiet and retiring, her family and close friends also knew her to be young at heart, mischievous and adventurous, with a wry sense of humour. Ruth instilled in her family a respect and dedication to education and lifelong learning. She was completely supportive of all of their goals and ambitions, whatever they might have been. Her family honours Ike's devotion to Ruth's care for the last many years, in particular the last three, where he spent all day, every day, with her at hospitals and long-term care facilities. The family also wishes to acknowledge the kind and compassionate care Ruth received at both Misericordia Interim and Misericordia Place, that enabled her to live out her final days in peace, comfort and love. Donations can be made to Misericordia Health Centre Foundation (99 Cornish Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C1A2) or to the International Myeloma Foundation (12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA 91607-3421). Income tax receipts will be issued by both organizations.

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