26 August 2008

Florence Elman: We will miss you

Founding president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Southern Alberta Florence Elman has died.

Flo was a wonderful person and our mostly email relationship was warm; she was supportive of my ideas for promoting Jewish genealogy, including Tracing the Tribe. I will miss her.

Her devotion to Jewish genealogy was evidenced in her service as a board member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS), coordinator of JewishGen's Ukraine SIG and that SIG's discussion group moderator.

Her obituary is in the Calgary Herald:

Florence Elman, beloved wife for forty-six years of Harold Elman of Calgary, passed away on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at the age of 66 years. She is survived by her adoring children, daughter Shana and husband David Waverman of Guelph, ON; son William and wife Eleanor Surridge of Tianjin, China; and by her son Laurence and wife Karina Szulc of Calgary. Florence will be sadly missed by her five grandchildren, Jordan, Liam, and Elijah Waverman, and Grace and Benjamin Elman. She is also survived by a brother Michael Nerenberg of Quebec. Florence was predeceased by her son David. She was loved dearly by her family and friends and her dedication to genealogy was recognized and appreciated by all. Funeral Services will be held at the Jewish Memorial Chapel (North East corner of Highway 22X and 37 Street S.W.) on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 12:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. Arrangements in care of the CHEVRA KADISHA of CALGARY.

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