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SADIE GOLDENBERG (published on May 29, 2010)

SADIE GOLDENBERG Born May 15, 1914 in Winnipeg, Sadie Goldenberg passed away peacefully on May 4, 2010 at Victoria General Hospital. She was predeceased by Benjamin, her husband of 51 years, her parents Abe and Liba Osinovsky, her sister Ann Katz and brother Sam. Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Murray (Patricia), Jerry (Beth), David (Barbara), grandchildren Aubie (Stephanie), Alan, Toby, Jonathan (Sharon), Laura (Shechar), Eli (Jennifer), Sari (Jared), Benji (Ronit), great-grandchildren Nicholas, Amanda, Ben, Jonah, Shoshana, Lucas, Molly, sister Evelyn Shecter, brother-in-law Mel Goldenberg, sister-in-law Evelyn Goldberg, and many nieces and nephews. Sadie spent her early years on a farm near Camper, Manitoba, before her family moved to Winnipeg where she received her education. Upon graduating high school and Business College she worked for an insurance company. In 1939 she married Ben and moved to Griswold, Manitoba, where Ben was a partner in and manager of the General Store. Initially they lived in an abandoned bank building, where Murray was born, but later moved to a house beside the store in time for the birth of Jerry and later David. Life was not easy raising a family in a small house without modern plumbing, but Sadie was happy making many friends and participating in community activities including the Eastern Star. Summers were spent in a small cabin behind her mother's cottage at Winnipeg Beach. In 1951 for the purpose of advancing the children's education, the family moved to Winnipeg. In Winnipeg, Sadie and Ben had a large extended family, and a wide group of friends. Sadie continued to be active in the Eastern Star, becoming Worthy Matron of Harmony Chapter, and a member of the Grand Chapter. As well she was involved with Hadassah and other Jewish organizations. After Ben sold his business, they wintered in Mexico, Hawaii, and Palm Springs. Sadie was Ben's sole caregiver for the five years he suffered from cancer before his death in 1990. Sadie lived independently for 15 years after Ben's death, driving a car which she had given up years earlier, and wintering in Palm Springs except for one winter when she visited Israel on a work program. Until her late 80s she participated in an annual 10K walk for M.S. At 90 she played Mahjong with a group in their 50s. Following Ben's death in 1990 until her health failed in recent months, she would attend Shabbat services at Shaarey Zedek Synagogue every week and had many friends there. For her final five years, slowed by dementia, she lived in The Portsmouth, a senior assisted residence, but remained a feisty lady who strived to be as independent as possible. Thanks to Doctors Manishen, Rabson, and the homecare workers and nurses at The Portsmouth. Those wishing to honour her memory may make donations to the charity of their choice.


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