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Memorable Manitobans: Ann Wasserman Steindel (1910-1991)

Community activist.

Born at Regina, Saskatchewan in 1910, the eleventh child of Jacob and Malka Wasserman, whose father was the first Rabbi on the prairie west of Winnipeg and was among the Jewish pioneer farmers at Wapella in 1889, she was orphaned as a child and was raised by her siblings. In 1940, she married Dr. Lou Steindel and lived in British Columbia until his death in 1966.

She came to Winnipeg in 1967 as assistant to the Western Regional Director of the Canadian Jewish Congress. The next year, she was involved with the establishment of the Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada and became Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice-President of the Winnipeg Jewish Community Council when it formed in 1973.
After retirement in 1982, she remained active in the Jewish community. In 1986 she wrote a chapter on Manitoba and Saskatchewan for the book Pathways to the Present: Canadian Jewry and Canadian Jewish Congress. She served on the board of the Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada, and chaired the JHS publication committee which produced the books Jewish Life and Times in 1985 and 1988.

She died at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg on 25 March 1991.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 March 1991, page 24.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 July 2010

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