Born at Radishevka, Volhynia Province, Russia on 10 June 1877, daughter of Tevel Finkelstein (1840-1929, one of the early Jewish arrivals in Winnipeg in 1882) and Rytsa Gold (1843-1919). She arrived in Canada in 1883 with her mother and sister.

She attended Carlton School and Victoria School then, in 1897, she graduated from Manitoba College, the first Jewish person to do so.

In 1902, she married Manuel Hirsch Abremovich (1875-1958), an electrical engineer, in Winnipeg. They had four children: Lawrence Elbert Abremovich (1903-1952), Harold Abremovich (1903-1996), Annette Abremovich (1911-1972), Ruth Tannis Abremovich (1915-2014).


They resided in New York City for a few years before returning to Winnipeg where she was a member of the University Women’s Club and the Women’s Canadian Club. During each of the world wars, she worked for the Red Cross. In 1948, she and her husband retired to Vancouver, British Columbia.

She died on 18 December 1953 while visiting Sarnia, Ontario, and is buried in Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.


  • Reprinted with permission from Manitoba Historical Society and updated.
  • Birth, Marriage and Death Registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
  • Birth Registration, New York, USA.
  • Grave Marker [Lawrence Abremovich], Find a Grave, Memorial #191453868.
  • Grave Marker [Harold Abremovich], Find a Grave, Memorial #192495947.
  • Grave Marker [Annette Abremovich], Find a Grave, Memorial #100107526.
  • Obituary [Ruth Tannis Sherwood], Calgary Herald, 04 March 2014, page 18.


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