GELMON, Miriam (nee Chertkow)
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In Vancouver, BC on September 29, 2013 after a lengthy illness. Daughter of Gertie and Jacob Chertkow, wife of Sydney Gelmon (who predeceased her in January of 2009), sister of Gerald Chertkow (who predeceased her in Aprilof this year), sister-in-law to Evelyn Chertkow, mother of Lawrence (Larry) of Nairobi, Kenya; Paula and Karen (of Vancouver) and Sherril (of Portland, Oregon); grandmother of Leila and Cassandra Gelmon, Elliot and Sasha Langford, and Sophie and Isabelle Busby; mother-in-law to C. Sarah Jones, Ken Langford, Peter Busby and Philip Kreitner; and step-grandmother to Stefen, Nick and Rachel Langford. Born in Winnipeg in 1922, Miriam grew up in Drumheller and Calgary. She moved with her mother and brother to Saskatoon in 1938, where she graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1943 with a BA and then from the University of Manitoba in 1945 with a Bachelor of Social Work. She married Dr. Sydney Gelmon in late 1945 and they remained devoted for 63 years until his death. Miriam worked for many years as a social worker for the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, was one of the founders of the Saskatoon Home Care Program, and in that capacity travelled all over the city, often accompanied by the family dog, visiting patients and mentoring students and colleagues. At the same time, she managed to raise four children, carry out the duties of a traditional homemaker, and participate in a number of community activities. She was a member of both Hadassah and the Jewish Community Sisterhood and she and her husband were active and enthusiastic supporters of the Saskatoon Symphony and the Mendel Art Gallery, serving at various times as Board Members of both institutions. She also sat on the boards of assorted community service organizations in Saskatoon. Known for her intellect, progressive thinking, dry wit, love of music, the quality of her cuisine and her devotion to her immediate and extended family as well as friends scattered across Canada and the United States, Miriam was a consummate multi-tasker, taking pleasure in the company of friends, the accomplishments of her children and later her grandchildren, travel with her husband, and relaxing with a good book, beautiful music and a stiff drink. Tragically her last years were dominated by chronic illness. The family is grateful to the Louis Brier Home in Vancouver for their loving care, particularly Fe Rizon, Merlita Tamayo, and Maria Tuazon, as well as the staff of Hospital West, whose efforts on her behalf made her last years so much more comfortable. The family would also like to thank Dr Ellen Coburn for her superb care and compassion. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, October 1, at 2:00 p.m. at Victory Chapel, Temple Sholom Cemetery, 14831 28th Ave., White Rock BC. Donations in her memory may be made to the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the Louis Brier Home and Hospital Companion Fund, or a charity of your choice.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Oct. 3 to Oct. 4, 2013