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Memorable Manitobans: Natalie “Nellie” Sozansky (1920-2009)


Born in Manitoba on 4 December 1920, eldest of four children born to Andrew Sozansky (c1896-1955) and Mary Sozansky (c1899-1969), she grew up at East Selkirk and attended Devonshire Collegiate. She later earned BA and BEd degrees from the University of Manitoba. She taught in rural Manitoba, including at Happy Thought School (1942-1945) and Starbuck School (1946-1949), before moving to West Kildonan at Centennial School (1952-1953). Joining the Winnipeg School Division, she worked at Gladstone School (1953-1954), Carpathia School (1954-1960), John Dafoe School (1960-1967), and Montrose School (1967-1969), then was Vice-Principal of George V School (1969-1970) and Principal of Sir John Franklin School (1970-1973) before returning to Gladstone School as Principal (1973-?). She died on 11 May 2009 and was buried in the East Selkirk Cemetery.


“Honors even,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 April 1938, page 4.

Obituary [Andrew Sozansky], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 October 1955, page 42.

Obituary [Mary Sozansky], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 April 1969, page 38.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 May 2009, page C11.

Winnipeg estate file PR09-01-81874, Natalie Sozansky, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 23 August 2016

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