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BETTY ELFENBAUM (published on April 24, 2010)

BETTY ELFENBAUM (nee SHREIBER) April 27, 1934 - March 19, 2010 It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Betty Elfenbaum (z'l), beloved mother, Baba, sister, auntie and friend. Betty was born in Roblin, MB to Sholom and Pearl Shreiber. Her formative years and the rest of her life were spent in Winnipeg, MB where she attended Machray Elementary School, Peretz School and St. John's Tech. At the age of 20, Betty met the love of her life, Hye Elfenbaum, a dashing young grocer. They had a wonderful and compatible marriage, and were blessed with two children, Mardy and Gail. Although she worked part time for many years as a teacher's aide and secretary in the Winnipeg School District, her children were always her first priority. Fondly known as Boozy within the family, she was known for her ready smile, her warmth, and her ability to bring people together. Betty was a selfless individual who spent decades working tirelessly in the community through B'nai Brith Women, Alpha House and as a national Vice-President of Jewish Women International. When Hye passed away ten years ago, Betty continued to stay involved in community work, as well as bowling, mahjong, walking and water fitness classes. Betty traveled frequently to Vancouver, and rarely missed a birthday or dance recital - she got such naches from her grandchildren. Betty is predeceased by her brother Sidney and sisters Chana and Sunny. She is sorely missed by her son, Mardy Elfenbaum of Winnipeg, and daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Meyer Mattuck, grandchildren, Margalit, Shira, Naomi, and Avichai of Vancouver, as well as sister-in-law and constant friend Rita Shreiber, many close nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews. The family is grateful for all the support received from so many family and friends. Funeral was held March 21 in Winnipeg at the Chesed Shel Emes and interment was at the Scharey Tzedeck Cemetery. Rabbi Ilan Acoca of Congregation Beth Hamidrash of Vancouver officiated. Tzedakah may be made either to Jewish Women International or Congregation Beth Hamidrash in Vancouver.


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