Clara Steinberg (Spigelman) peacefully passed away on March 3, 2019 at The Simkin Center.
She is survived by her children Michael (Joanne), Lawrence and Deborah Aronstam (Peter), her grandchildren Daniel (Diana), Hayley, Ashley, Julie, Jonathan, Lauren and her great-grandchildren Damon and Romy, numerous nephews and nieces and great nephews and nieces, and her dear sister Shirley Book. She was predeceased by her parents, Moishe and Esther Spigelman, her brother Irvin Spigelman and her husband Abram (Sonny) Steinberg.
Clara was born on April 22, 1922 in Roblin, Manitoba and moved to Winnipeg as a teenager with her family. Clara married in 1947 and raised her family on Waterloo Street. She was blessed by a truly amazing circle of friends who, with Sonny, shared her interests in playing bridge (at which she excelled), golf (not so much), and attending plays at MTC. She derived special pleasure from years of attending WSO concerts. She maintained a traditional Kosher home, preparing fabulous meals for family and friends. The Jewish holidays and observance of Shabbat were especially important to her. Her “first day” Rosh Hashanah brunches were legendary. Clara was a life member of Hadassah-WIZO. She enjoyed travelling with her husband and friends to many foreign lands and loved wintering in Palm Springs, California for several years.
It was during her time while in residence at The Simkin Center that Clara’s gentleness shone. She never spoke an unkind word to any staff member or resident and had a smile for all. She appreciated a story or joke at any time and always had a sparkle in her eyes.
A graveside service was held at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery on March 5, 2019. Pallbearers were Messrs. Daniel Steinberg, Jonathan Aronstam, Leon Pincovitch, Sheldon Rosenstock, Joel Remis and Dr. Brian Book. The family appreciates the loving care provided to Clara by all of The Simkin Centre nurses, aides and staff over the past few years and wishes to especially thank Clara’s companion Sonia for treating Clara with dignity and compassion.