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OPPENHEIM, (nee Orelowitz), Fay

June 28, 1951 – May 11, 2013

Fay Beverly Oppenheim neé Orelowitz passed away peacefully on May 11, 2013 in Calgary after a so very brave fight with cancer. Born in South Africa, she moved to Alberta as a young married woman. During the first ten years in her new country, Fay and her growing family lived in Valleyview, Edmonton, Evansburg and Strathmore before settling in Calgary in 1985. Charming and funny; a wonderful wife, mother, family member, community volunteer and friend; her large and loving family is her legacy.

Predeceased by her father, Joe Orelowitz, she is deeply mourned by her husband Claude, sons Joe (Robyn), Rob (Maria), Mark (Jenn) and David; her mother Bertha Orelowitz and brother Stan (Janys) of South Africa, and her brother Jerry of Israel. Fay was “Savta” to four grandchildren, who she loved deeply: Samuel, Noah, Sadie and Natalia. She will be sadly missed by her extended family and her friends. She earned the trust of her insurance and education plan clients, who she served with the utmost integrity. The family would like to thank the many people, medical professionals and others, who helped Fay deal with her illness, and to live so well for as long as it was possible.

Funeral Services will be held at the Jewish Memorial Chapel, (North East Corner of Highway 22X & 37th Street S.W.) Today, Monday, May 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with interment to follow at Beth Tzedec Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Calgary Jewish Academy or Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

Arrangements in care of the CHEVRA KADISHA OF CALGARY, Telephone: 403-244-4717.

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  1. Markham and Lisa Silver :

    Claude and family:
    A light has been too soon extinguised but may Fay’s memory continue to be a blessing to us all. Lisa and I share in your loss and offer our sincere condolences. May Hashem comfort you and your family among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and may you know no further sorrow.

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  2. Joe and family,
    I am deeply sorry to hear about your loss. Joe, your love and dedication to your mother was what left such a strong impression of your character that first day we met. I admire your mother for having raised such a wonderful son.
    Sincerest condolences, Jacqueline, Elie and Ryan

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  3. Elissa and Jim Meadow :

    May the memories of your wife, mother, and mother-in-law provide you with the strength and inspiration needed at this difficult time. She was a great friend and mentor and a source of inspiration. She will be missed.
    Elissa and Jim Meadow

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  4. Dean Tickles :

    To everyone in the Oppenheim Family,
    Janis and I would like to send our heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts are with you all. Please know that as you come together at this time, the blessings that Fay left with us all, will never be forgotten.
    Janis and Dean and Riley Tickles

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  5. Sarabeth Carnat :

    To Claude & family,
    So sorry to hear of Faye’s passing. Condolences to all of you.
    Sarabeth

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  6. Karen and Ryan Schoel :

    Dear Claude and family,
    Our condolences on the passing of Faye. She was a wonderful woman. We are thinking of you at this time.
    Karen and Ryan

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  7. Geoff Scott :

    We were so sorry to learn at church yesterday of Fay’s untimely passing. May the memories of pleasant times together sustain you at this time. With sincere condolences.
    Madeline & Geoff Scott

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  8. Beverley & Errol Solomon :

    Oppenheim Family,
    So saddened to hear of the passing of your beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and grandmother. Our sincere condolences.
    Errol & Beverley Solomon

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  9. Jack Dichter :

    Brenda and I are deeply saddened by the news of Fay’s passing. May you know of no more sorrow.
    Jack Dichter

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  10. Oppenheim family, Claude our thoughts are with you and the family these hard days. I am deeply saddened by the news of Faye’s passing. Our sincere condolences.
    Pozzo family

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  11. My condolences Claude to you and your family. My dear Diane passed away 6 years ago today so I have an idea what you are going through and what you will go through. Time heals but you will not ever forget- trust me.
    Ken

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  12. Isobel Montgomery :

    To the Oppenheim Family,
    I send sincere sympathy to each one. Words are difficult to find to ease your saddness at this time. The support and caring of family and friends will help to let you know that people care.
    Sincerely, Isobel

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  13. Paula Fayerman :

    Sending you my condolences and all my love in this difficult time.

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  14. Sherry Newman :

    I am so saddened to find this out. I just found out. I was one of her clients and she was so kind to myself and my husband. I adored her. Faye truly cared about people. My deepest sympathies to the family.

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