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Memorable Manitobans: Jessie Ostaff (1915-2005)


Born on 13 November 1915, daughter of Stephen Ostaff (c1889-1981) and Martha Karpa (c1894-1964), she grew up at 748 Stella Avenue in Winnipeg and was an active member of the North End Girls’ Council in the 1930s. She left school with an Isbister Scholarship (1933) and earned a BA degree (1935) and Diploma in Education (1936) from the University of Manitoba. Her teaching career included work at Sheffield School (1938-1939) and Purple Bank School (1939-1941, Principal 1940-1941). She died at her Winnipeg residence on 2 August 2005 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


“Stella N.R.G. girls entertain visitors,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 March 1930, page 45.

“North Girls’ Council discusses problems,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 25 February 1933, page 15.

“Isbister Scholarship winners,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 May 1933, page 7.

“University exam. results,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 May 1935, page 4.

““U” examination results [Diplomas - Education],” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 12 May 1936, page 7.

Obituary, [Stephen Ostaff], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1981, page 27.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 August 2005, page 41.

Winnipeg estate file PR05-01-70551, Jessie Ostaff, Archives of Manitoba.

Obituary [Lalmoon Raymond Nimchan], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 January 2009, page 57.

Burial transcription, Brookside Cemetery, City of Winnipeg.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 2 March 2018

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