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ESTHER WEINSTEIN (published on April 18, 2009)

ESTHER WEINSTEIN It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Esther Weinstein (nee Narvey) on March 27, 2009. Esther was born in Winnipeg in 1917, and raised in Portage La Prairie. She was predeceased by her husband Max Weinstein to whom she had been married for 43 years. Esther and Max settled in Melville, SK. and for a time during the Second World War when Max served in the army, they lived in Woodstock Ontario, returning to Melville, after the war. In 1963 they moved to Winnipeg. Together they raised five children, three sons and two daughters. Esther is survived by her five children, Sidney (Grace), Joel (Catherine), Ronni Pollock (Michael), Barry (Sharon) and Susan Frankel (Harvey), also by 13 grandchildren, Jacob (Tara), Daniel, Matthew, Sara Weinstein Kohn (Sammy), Benjamin (Carla), Michael, Jeremy Lee, Jonas Lee, Marshall, Courtney, Matthew Frankel, Robby Frankel and Jed Frankel and by her five great-grandchildren Mika, Lily, Julia, Joshua and Oliver. Esther is also survived by her two brothers Mel (Sooky) and Harold (Mildred) and by many nieces and nephews. Esther was a proficient pianist and piano teacher having studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Throughout her life she organized and was involved in various musical productions. While living in Melville, Esther wrote, produced and directed a Purim play in which the players were the children in the Melville Jewish Community. Esther taught each child his part and to play a musical instrument in the rhythm band which was an integral part of the production. While living in Winnipeg she became a junior high school teacher, teaching English and Music. She studied at both the U. of W. in Arts and the U. of M. in Arts and Education. Besides being trained in classical music, and educated in English Literature she was a poet and an artist. She was an avid bridge player and collected numerous Master Points. She taught the game to many people. She always maintained an active interest in politics. She was an active member of Hadassah and of Eastern Star both in Melville and in Winnipeg. She served as a School Trustee in Melville. Esther enjoyed many summers with her family at Gimli and was one of the organizers of the much revered Gimli Summer Club. In retirement years Esther and Max spent many winters in Florida enjoying new friendships and holiday time with their children and grandchildren. She was a lifelong student and teacher, always educating herself and encouraging and assisting others to learn and grow. Esther will always be remembered as a loving, patient, giving mother and Bubbi. She was generous with her time and her heart. Her relationships with her grandchildren were hands on and mutually cherished. Her house was truly a home.

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