A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home

217 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS


Margaret "Anne" Yanofsky

22 May, 19407 January, 2018

YANOFSKY, (Margaret) Anne - age 77, of Halifax passed away peacefully Sunday January 7, 2018 in Halifax, NS at the Geriatric Assessment Unit. Originally from Trail, BC, Anne settled in Halifax in the early 1960’s. Anne was a teacher and supporter to countless students and colleagues during her time teaching Microbiology at the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology (now Nova Scotia Community College). Her thirst for knowledge and learning was exemplified when she decided to further her education at Mount Saint Vincent University completing both her BA and MA while teaching full time and raising her teenage children. In all areas of her life she had the wonderful ability to instill confidence, inspire and challenge people to do what they did not think was possible, providing support while allowing each person to own their accomplishments. She was a dear and cherished wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, grandaunt, friend, teacher and surrogate mother and grandmother to countless others. She gave often, and willingly of her time energy and spirit to many. She held her family, music and children most close to her heart. A vibrant and positive force to be reckoned with she was the master at getting things done. She was strong supporter of Symphony Nova Scotia, a leading champion of the Youth Education Program. Anne was heavily involved with Women for Music, as well as a leading figure with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society in its’ early days. She loved a challenge and was an avid bridge player and gardener throughout her life. Anne was a loving and caring wife and is survived by her husband of 51 years Sam J. Yanofsky, her children Kirk (Joy) and Tara, brother David Barrett (Judy) and her grandchildren Thane, Paige and Fife, as well as her honorary grandchildren, her many friends and her dearest friend Margaret Swift. Anne was pre-deceased by her parents Arthur and Grace Barrett and brother Wes Barrett. Her family would like to extend special thanks to the Cardiology team at the QEII Health Sciences Centre for over 25 years of excellent care. We would also like to thank the Orthopedic Unit and Geriatric Assessment Unit teams for their wonderful care of our Mother during her final weeks. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Symphony NS Youth Education Program. Celebration of Anne’s life will be held on Sunday May 6 at 5:00pm in the Lilian Piercey Concert Hall Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts 6199 Chebucto Rd, Halifax, NS B3L 1K7. Online condolences may be viewed or sent to: www.mattatallfuneralhome.com


  • Celebration of Life Service

    Sunday, 6 May , 2018


Margaret "Anne" Yanofsky

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Natasha Smith

January 17, 2018

Tara, you're like a sister to me so I feel the loss of your mom. Anne was a kind & spirited woman! My thoughts & prayers will be with you, Kirk & your dad in the moments, days and months ahead when you will find yourself missing all the special things about her.

She lives on through her family; her pride & joy!

Natasha Smith
(Toronto, Ontario)

Martha Loch

January 16, 2018

I got to know Anne playing bridge. She was fun and kind to play with. I regret not knowing of her life before I knew her. What a tribute to her that so many of her former students are remembering her with such fondness. She was a great person and I will miss her.

Donna Clark

January 13, 2018

I am so sad to hear of the passing of this most incredible woman. Mrs Y was an amazing teacher, mentor and dedicated to all of us who were fortunate enough to be one of her students at NSIT. I will always remember this wonderful lady.

Dawn Fry

January 13, 2018

I was so sorry to hear of your Moms passing Kirk and Tara. My deepest condolences to you both and to your Dad at this difficult time. Thinking of you all! Dawn Fry( Clattenburg)

Kathryn Burke

January 13, 2018

Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mother/grandmother. As with so many others, she taught me as well and I too ended up with a career in microbiology. She was a great teacher with a wonderful sense of humour...

Lynn Thomas-Bauld

January 12, 2018

My sincerest condolences to family and friends of "Mrs Y". I was very saddened to hear of her passing. I was a student of Mrs Y at NSIT 1976-1978, she made Microbiology fun and her depth of knowledge on the subject was inspiring. I, like her, loved the disipline and worked a majority of my career in Microbiology.
May God bless you at this most difficult time.

January 12, 2018

Anne was such a formidable bridge player, You knew you were in for good competition when you arrived at her table. Anne kept her keen wit and I very much admired her spirit. Anne will be greatly missed and we mourn her passing. My condolences to her family.
Eleanor Luckhurst, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia (Bridge Studio)

Jayme Butt

January 12, 2018

"Kirk is such a good boy!" She was so so proud of you Kirk. My deepest condolences to you and your whole family. Now you have the brighest star in the sky shining down on you and looking out for you everyday. xo

Melissa Young

January 12, 2018


I was so saddened to hear the news of your Mom's passing she certainly was an accomplished and beautiful lady from reading her obituary. May your special memories of her be with you daily. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

January 11, 2018

Sam, we were saddened by the news of Anne's passing. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Pat & Nadine Flemming


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