Tóth, Erzsébet Julianna


It is with sadness that we announce the passing of  Erzsébet (Erzsi) Tóth. She leaves her husband József (Joe or Jóska; but she always called him Apja), her daughters Liz (James) and Rita (Henry) , and grandchildren Dylan, Kieran, MacKenzie, Devin and Samantha.

Born in the tiny village of Bükkzsérc, tucked away in the Bükk mountains of northeastern Hungary, she had nearly finished her degree in forestry engineering at Sopron university when the October revolution of 1956 broke out.  She rode to Austria on a truckful of grenades with Jóska by her side; they were married in the Netherlands in December of that year and welcomed two daughters shortly after that.  They emigrated to Canada once József had finished his degree, in 1960.

Resuming her studies at the U of A in the early 1970s, she earned a BSc (Honors) in Botany and subsequently worked at the U of A for many years.

Some of her favourite moments were her daily walks along Saskatchewan Drive with her BFF puli Csimbók, travelling around the world with her beloved “Apja”, hosting many, many “beer-b-que” events for graduate students, preparing meals of many cuisines worldwide, and weekly Tarok gatherings with friends from Sopron.

She is very much missed by friends and family.


Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101

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Liz Takats

Joskabacsi, Liz & Rita; My sincere condolences to you and your families.. Erzsineni was my confirmation godmother and was a lovely person. I have many childhood memories of our families getting together and having a wonderful time – lots of laughter and singing and good food. I think our parents could out-party us even in their 70’s. When I no longer lived at home, I remember Mom and Dad playing Tarok with Erzsineni and Joskabacsi on a regular basis. My thoughts are with you. Liz Takats (Fodor)

Rena Steer

Our Deepest Conlences for your loss. May she Rest in Peace.
Iris, Rena and Rick

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