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JOSEPH KETTNER (published on April 10, 2010)



DR. JOSEPH KETTNER Dr. Joseph Kettner died on February 18, 2010, at the age of 82, with his family by his side. He was predeceased by his parents Isaac and Faiga and his wife Ruth (Golden), his siblings Max and Celia (Ostrove). He is survived by his daughters Adrian (Irwin), Norine (Larry), grandchildren Samuel, Michael, Elliot and Brady, and many loving relatives and friends. Joe felt privileged to enter the medical profession, a career that was to span his lifetime and provide immense satisfaction. He was a committed family physician, beginning his practice in Steinbach, then moving back to Winnipeg to join the Mall Medical Group, working in their downtown clinic and their satellite office on North Main Street. He worked primarily at Misericordia and Seven Oaks Hospital, where he was actively involved in their geriatric medicine program, and in several personal care homes, including the Sharon Home, where he ultimately became a resident. He was a dedicated, very hard-working physician who provided compre-hensive care. He continued to educate himself throughout his career. He enjoyed mentoring medical students and new medical school graduates. He had a strong sense of social justice, and was involved in the politics of medicine through the Manitoba Medical Association. He truly loved his work and was appreciated by many for whom he cared. He possessed those qualities most admired in a physician: dedication, diligence, calmness, compassion, and valuing and respecting all people. Joe (Yoss) was a devoted husband to Ruth for 56 years, until her death in 2008. Joe was Ruth's solid rock throughout their lives together. Clearly devoted to raising their daughters, they shared their leisure time together - travelling, enjoying music, opera, and live theatre. Joe enjoyed good food and loved entertaining family and friends poolside, where food (often his famous barbecues) and drink were plentiful. He was a devoted father and grandfather, always having time and energy to participate actively in all of our lives and to encourage us. He will be remembered for his many fine qualities. He was an intelligent man with a sense of fairness and humility. He was widely known for his excellent judgement, gentleness, kindness and compassion. He had a great sense of humour. He was generous with his time, his efforts and his money, contributing generously to charities in Manitoba, Israel and his family, as his greatest pleasure was to give to others. His attitude of acceptance and his selflessness were the hallmarks of his life. Funeral services were held on February 21, 2010 at Congregation Etz Chayim with burial at Hebrew Sick Cemetery. Pallbearers were sons-in-law Irwin Lipnowski and Larry Kabez, nephews Billy Kettner, Joel Kettner, Butch Hochman and Grant Goldberg. Honourary pallbearers were his four grandsons. The family would like to thank the staff at Simkin Centre as well as other caregivers, especially Norma and Carol. Donations honouring his memory may be made to the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba (Dr. Joseph and Ruth Kettner Memorial Fund).


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