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DOROTHY DIANA SILVERT (published on April 08, 2010)

DOROTHY DIANA SILVERT It is with great sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of Dorothy Diana Silvert on Tuesday afternoon, March 30, 2010 at the Simkin Centre, two weeks shy of her 84th birthday. She will forever be sadly missed, remembered and cherished by her sons Martin, Keith (Lillian); sisters-in-law Goldie and Esther and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her adoring husband Eddie, parents Rueben and Edith Finklestein of Regina, and brother Danny. Mom was born on April 16, 1926 in Regina Saskatchewan. At the age of nine, she lost her mother, a devastating loss for her and one that forever left a void. As she grew up she spent many years working with her father in his Moon grocery store where she learned the meaning of hard and diligent work, a trait she would continue for the rest of her life. Several years later she moved to Brandon, Manitoba where she lived with her loving aunts, uncles and cousins who adored her and who gave her much love and support that would continue for decades to come. She always reminisced about her many wonderful times there. She met her dashing husband to be Eddie from Winnipeg on a chance meeting at Clear Lake, Manitoba. They were married for nearly 59 wonderful years of bliss and lived together in the same house nearly all those years. My mother was an incredibly beautiful woman inside and out. Together, she and my father made for a very charismatic couple and although it may sound like a cliche, no other married couple loved or cared for each other as passionately as they did. Their travels took them as far as Hawaii, New York, and Cannes and as close as our beloved cottage in Winnipeg Beach for many unforgettable summers. My mother was a loving, compassionate and empathetic woman. These three principles exemplified her life as a wife and mother, relative, friend and neighbour. She was all these things and above all that, she was a person who always put others before herself. She was the most selfless woman there could ever possibly be. Always there to lend a hand, listen intensely to others, make soups from scratch and deliver them to those who loved them and adored her. The fact that Mom was such an exceptional cook was all the more remarkable as it was all self taught. All of it from scratch, all from it from her heart. Mom and Dad's many years together brought such great joy. It also brought challenges but there were none they didn't take on and succeed at, no matter how difficult. All this and still being dream-like parents. We wanted for nothing all our years with them. It seems as if Mom never stopped working hard yet still succeeded to be the perfect mother. She did it all and successfully before it even became the norm. She worked with Dad in his hardware store for many years and later on at Zellers for 30 years in ladies' fashions, before taking on the incredible challenge of Dad's health issues all the time remaining ever tireless, devoted and undaunted. No one she ever cared for went unloved or unfed. She made sure everyone was looked after and wouldn't rest until they were. She gave love as no one else. She would always say But are you happy? That is what is important. In later years I was blessed to have been caregiver for both my parents and grew to understand the true meaning of unconditional love they had taught me, which I was able to give back to them in return. It was the greatest honour and provided some of the richest experiences of my life. Losing our parents, especially both of them, most especially our mothers, it changes our lives forever. Whatever innocence was left is gone forever. No matter how many people there are in our lives, we are alone without our mothers, our greatest champion. She will forever be missed and loved but never ever forgotten. Many thanks and gratitude to the staff at the Victoria Hospital and most especially to the extraordinary, compassionate staff and dear friends at the Simkin Centre where Mom found so much happiness and contentment in her last couple of years. A graveside service was held at the B'nay Abraham Cemetery on Friday, April 2, 2010. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Sharon Home Fund, care of The Simkin Centre, 1 Falcon Ridge Drive, Winnipeg, MB, R3Y 1V9

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