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MARY PELTZ (published on August 14, 2009)



MARY PELTZ Peacefully on August 11, 2009, surrounded by family, Mary Peltz passed away. She is survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, Izzy Peltz. She will be sadly missed by her children Arne (Marva Smith), Harvey (Jo-Anne), Claire and Sheryl (Sean Frederiksen); grandchildren, Michael, Jessica, Joel, Zachary, Zane, Seth and Skylar; great-granddaughter Aliyah; sisters Vera Omnitsky, Edith Komisar and Sara Gelfand; sister-in-law Shirley Peltz; and several nieces and nephews who were dear to her heart. Mary was predeceased by her parents Louis and Clara Borodkin and her brother Harry Borodkin. Mary (Marym) was born in Winnipeg on January 6, 1924, shortly after the Borodkin family escaped from Russia and made the long, difficult journey to start a new life in Canada. She participated in the hectic and swirling life of the North End and attended Machray School as a young girl, along with evening classes at I.L.Peretz School. Her father Louis taught her to value learning of all kinds, especially music and Jewish history. Her mother Clara taught her homemaking and the value of friendship. Mary recalled her father's wonderful sense of humour and her mother's exceptional kindness. An early dear girlfriend was Minnie Ratner (now Karlinsky) who remained close to Mary all her life. Mary graduated from St. Johns Tech and business college, and then entered the workforce as a secretary. A tentative courtship by a shy young accountant named Izzy led to true romance and a joyous wedding in June 1947. Once the babies started, Mary changed occupations and became a superb homemaker. She was a loving mother to her four children, launching them to make their own way in the world. Those were happy days as the Peltz home was the setting for numerous family occasions and parties with good friends, expertly organized by Mary. Her steady and capable hand in the family sphere and as Izzy's partner made it possible for her husband to accomplish much in the broader Jewish community. She also contributed to her community as a member of Hadassah, the National Council of Jewish Women, B'nai B'rith and the Y.M.H.A. Mary loved summers at Winnipeg Beach and Sandy Hook, swimming in Lake Winnipeg, relaxing with a good book and hosting many hearty barbecues. As the years passed, there were weddings among her children. She warmly welcomed the new family members. Mary loved being a Baba, taking new joy in singing the dreidel song and baking cookies with an expanding group of grandchildren. Mary and Izzy proudly showed off their growing family. Mary loved to travel and she and Izzy took time for many trips with varied destinations including Mexico, Israel, England, France, Portugal and Greece. She loved her winter escapes to Palm Springs and later Victoria, BC. Throughout her life Mary enjoyed music (especially opera), theatre, reading and walking. Although circumstances did not allow for further education when she was young, after the children were grown she enrolled in university courses that attracted her interest. She was a progressive thinker, prepared to assert her own opinions. After Mary was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, she and Izzy continued to enjoy friends and family. Once she could no longer manage to present her magnificent Shabbat dinners, she took pride in the ability of her children to lay out a fine spread. Where else did they learn how? In the last year, Mary's health deteriorated and at the time of her death she was residing at the Simkin Centre (Sharon Home). The family joined her there for Mother's Day and boisterous family celebrations. Until just a week ago, she was able to appreciate and receive the love of her family and enjoy the beauty of the flowers growing on the grounds. The family wishes to thank all the staff of Simkin 1 North, especially Nurse Jane, Mary's caring companion Lily Melman and Dr. Koven. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 14, 2009 at Temple Shalom, 1077 Grant Avenue at Wilton, with interment to follow at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery. No flowers please. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Society of Manitoba, 120 Donald Street, R3C 4G2 (www.alzheimer.mb.ca) or the Izzy and Mary Peltz Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, 400-123 Doncaster, R3N 2B2 (www.jewishfoundation.org). Friends are invited to visit with the family as they remember Mary on August 16, 17 and 18 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at 48 Lord Avenue, home of Arne Peltz and Marva Smith.


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