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Saturday April 30, 2011

Mildred Bronfman Lande, a leader in the Montreal community, passed away quietly on Friday, April 28, 2011, in Montreal. Predeceased by Bernard, her husband and life partner of 57 years, Milly, as she was known to all who worked alongside her, devoted her life and energies to numerous causes both in Montreal and wherever she saw the need.
Introduced into the world of giving, both of her person as well as of her resources, by her parents, the late Abe Bronfman and the late Sophie Rasminsky Bronfman, Milly worked tirelessly until the end of her 97 years to meaningfully improve the lives of those less fortunate than herself.
Many causes and organizations benefited from Milly's efforts, including Congregation Shaar Hashomayim of which she became its first woman president; the Combined Jewish Appeal and Israel Emergency Fund of which she was twice the head of the Women's Division as well as the first woman to head the General Campaign; the first woman to be president of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Montreal; the first woman named to the Board of Trustees of the Jewish General Hospital; Chairman of the Quebec Heart Campaign; Co-chairman of the Red Cross Campaign; Co- chairman of the Montreal section of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens; Co-Founder of the School for Culturally Deprived Teenagers in Nehalin, Israel; spearheaded a campaign to save the Back River Cemetery, to mention only a few.
Awarded the Order of Canada in 1980 for her communal work, Milly was also the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Centennial Award, and received an Honorary Doctorate from her Alma Mater, McGill University.
Milly is survived by her children, Neil of Houston, Texas; Eric and Jane of Vermont; Ruth of New York City; Margot and Karen of Montreal; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her sister Ruth Pearson of Boston; nieces and nephews; Maria, her devoted housekeeper and friend of more than 30 years; and countless friends, all of whom will miss her friendship and counsel.
Funeral at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, 120 Cote St- Antoine Rd., Westmount, on Sunday, May 1 at 1 p.m. Burial at the Congregation Shaar Hashomayim Cemetery, 1250 Ch. de la ForÍt, Montreal. Contributions in her memory may be made to Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, (514) 937-9471, or to the charity of your choice.

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