In Memory of




Obituary for Hilda "Jane" Talnicoff

Hilda Jane (Halvorson) Talnicoff
Feb. 18, 1936 - Jan. 28, 2023

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we announce the passing of Hilda Jane (née Halvorson) Talnicoff on January 28, 2023.

Jane, as she preferred to be called, was predeceased by husband, Daniel Talnicoff; father Harold, mother Hazel, sister Anna, brothers Harvest, Herwin, Henry and Harold. She is remembered by sister-in-law Estelle and husband Iser Kay; and as Auntie Jane by nephew David Kay with wife Sharona and children Tani, Ty and Zevi; nephew Benjamin Kay with wife Alisa and their children Sydney and Ari; niece Kristina Halvorson and husband Alex.

Jane would often tell you that she lucked out by discovering her passion and career in teaching when she tagged along with a friend to Teacher’s college in the early 1950s. After a few years of teaching Jane decided on the encouragement of her brother Harvest, to go back to school to advance her teaching career. She enrolled in the University of Manitoba where she received a Bachelor of Education. After graduation she found a permanent home in the St. James School division and retired in 1993.

She met her husband and lifelong partner, Dan, at a casual curling practice and the pair connected instantly. Both were pursuing teaching careers and held family very dearly. After a number of years of dating as well as completing their respective additional education, they married in 1977. While Dan was part of the Khartum Shriners, Jane became involved with the Khartum Ladies’ Auxiliary. After both of their teaching careers where winding down, the pair decided to start a small business where Auntie Jane crafted teddy bears, painted art on t-shirts, and created crystal angels. The pair enjoyed travelling, attending Jets games, spending summer weekends with family at their cottage in Sandy Hook and winter vacations in Florida.

Jane always had a passion for art! Whether it was visiting a gallery, shopping for art, taking a class or workshop or sitting at home, working in pencils on portrait sketching; art was big part of her life. It was also through art that she connected with her mother and sister Anna. She was a long-time member of the Charleswood Art group where she was active in classes, workshops and participating in sales events. She was never afraid to try something new when it came to crafting and art.

If you were out and about with Auntie Jane, it was a rare day where she didn’t run into someone she knew and had to stop to chat. While she loved to chat and socialize, she truly cherished spending time with her close friends. Eleanor Sharby and Dianne March were among her oldest and dearest friends.

She will be remembered as a kind lady, who even after losing her husband, remained independent, never losing her enjoyment of life, surrounding herself with her close friends and family, and maintaining her strong Lutheran faith. Those that remember her know that she was never satisfied, a perfectionist and a stickler for detail. She held it in great regard when someone presented their best in both their appearance and work.

Our gratitude to Ron Long of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church for leading a small, private graveside funeral held on February 7 to celebrate the life of Hilda Jane (Halvorson) Talnicoff.

The family extends its heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Grace Hospital and Home Care for their dedication, kindness, and compassion during Jane’s time in their care.

Cards and flowers gratefully declined, instead donations to the Children’s Hospital Foundation or charity of your choice, in Jane’s name would be gratefully appreciated and preferred.

Memories live forever and we will always be connected by love.