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SHLEEMA (SALLY) GREEN (published on January 24, 2009)

SHLEEMA (SALLY) GREEN (nee WOHL) Shleema (Sally) Green, passed away Thursday morning, January 22, 2009 at home surrounded by family. She leaves to mourn her husband Sidney; sons, Arthur and Marty; daughters, Mindy (McDonald), Cathy (Gannon) and Sharon (Ackerman) and 15 grandchildren in Manitoba, BC, Ontario, Australia and Israel. Funeral Sunday, January 25, 11:30 a.m. at the Chesed Shel Emes with interment at the Hebrew Sick. Shleema was born in 1931, three years after her parents immigrated from Poland. She spoke no English until she entered first grade but quickly excelled in her studies to graduate with distinction. She was active in Jewish youth organizations and spent a year in Israel in 1949 to 1950, long before such adventures became routine for young people. Shleema belonged to a generation that believed in social progress. She married Sidney in 1954 and raised five children while her husband played an active role in provincial politics. The intellectual atmosphere was a large part of their family life; her children have fond memories of weekends at the cottage listening to the music of Pete Seeger and Joan Baez. And although they were sometimes baffled by their mother's fondness for English counter-tenor Richard Dyer-Bennett, the whole family was thrilled to attend a live concert by Charles Aznavour in the early 1970s. As her children married and moved away, Shleema was instrumental in keeping the bonds of family intact. She was a driving force behind three full-blown family reunions in the last 15 years of her life, watching proudly as friendships grew and solidified between grandchildren living in different provinces and continents. Although not outwardly religious, Shleema was intensely loyal to her heritage. She kept three sets of kosher dishes: milchig, fleischig and Peysachdig and personally cooked dinner for over 100 Passover meals, most notably hosting 29 people around twin dining-room tables only a year before being diagnosed with lymphoma. Sickness marred the last three years of her life but in that time she recovered her strength for long enough to enjoy two more winters in Australia with her daughter Mindy and, towards the very end, a final visit to Israel with her sister Bleema. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.


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