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Memorable Manitobans: Esther Binder (1910-2007)

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Born in Winnipeg, she grew up at Roblin with her parents Sam and Rose Kulberg where her father ran a general store and she learned to play the piano. She returned to Winnipeg in 1929, studied and became a secretary. She married Benny Binder in 1932 and had two daughters, Gloria and Carole. The family moved to Rainy River, Ontario where they ran the general store for over twenty years. She returned to Winnipeg after the death of her husband in 1966, where she began 30 years as a volunteer piano player for residents at Deer Lodge Hospital, later performing at several other nursing homes and seniors’ centres. She was made a member of the Order of the Buffalo Hunt in 1977. She died on 16 February 2007.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 February 2007.

“They left their mark,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 December 2007, page B2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 February 2014

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