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FRANCES BERNBAUM (published on June 15, 2009)

FRANCES BERNBAUM Frances Dorothy Bernbaum passed away peacefully on Saturday June 13, 2009 of natural causes. Born August 30, 1914, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and raised in Eureka, South Dakota, she was the eldest of the five children of Joseph and Mary Bender. Frances came to Saskatoon after meeting her future husband Frank Bernbaum at the University of Minnesota, where she graduated with an Honours Bachelor Degree. For the last seven years she has resided in the Simkin Centre Home in Winnipeg, after moving to Manitoba in 1999 to be closer to her daughter Sherna and family. Frances outlived her dear husband Frank, her sister Sara Lee Plachte and her brother Kenneth Bender. Left to celebrate her life are her children, Mel Bernbaum (Mary Dolan), Sherna Posner (Gerry Posner), Lorna Bernbaum and her siblings, David Bender (Mary Bender) and Bernice Ellison (Ellis Ellison). Frances was also the loving Baba to grandchildren, Ari Posner (Tamar Kagan), Rami Posner (Litsa Tsouluhas), Amira Posner (Johnny Pyzer) and Joel Bernbaum. She was blessed with five happy and healthy great-grandchildren, Zachary, Isaiah, Jesse, Samantha and Gavriel. Frances was a lover of the arts. As a talented pianist, she shared the gift of music with her community and family on countless occasions. She especially enjoyed accompanying her grandchildren, instilling in all four of them a love of music and performance. Those who knew Frances will always remember her loving smile, her kind heart and her gracious demeanor. She was a woman of great dignity and humility. The Bernbaum and Posner families are grateful to the staff at the Simkin Centre and especially to Frances' long time companions Shirley Melanson and Marcela Fullante for their love and support. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice. A short celebration of life will be held at Congregation Agudas Israel, in Saskatoon on Monday June 15, 2009 at 1:30 p.m.


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