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ELIZABETH BODI (KUZMOS)
Born: Apr 24, 1931
Date of Passing: Mar 22, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
April 24, 1931 - March 22, 2020
She was born in Penészlek, Hungary.
She was predeceased by her parents, Maria and Mihaly Kuzmos; sister, Anci; and brother, George. She will lovingly be remembered by her husband, Paul; daughter, Georgina (Dan McGurran); grandchildren, Jamie (Alisa) McGurran, Jennifer (Geoff) Larner; and three lovely great-granddaughters, Alexa, Julianna and Lillian; brother, Sanyi (Marika) in Hungary; niece, Lizzy (David) Moore; brother-in-law, Louie Peter; the entire McGurran clan; very dear friends, Zoltan and Margaret Ikotin; and countless friends.
Elizabeth came to Canada with Paul and Georgina in 1956, during the Hungarian Revolution, for a better life. They settled in Winnipeg, where Elizabeth found work cleaning in the St. Boniface Hospital. Over time, she studied her English and went on to pursue hairdressing at Tru-Art Beauty Salon. While working there she made many lifelong friends, especially Claudette Presetanz. In 1972, Paul and Elizabeth purchased property south of the city, where they would go on to open and run Bodi's Garden Centre for over 30 years. Grandma had a true green thumb and took pride in her work, the products produced, and the customer service. Many young customers would say, I need help from Grandma Bodi. Grandma worked side by side with Grandpa until 2006, when they sold the property at the age of 75, but she never fully retired as a small greenhouse was always at her and Paul's home, ensuring that they could continue to grow the perfect tomatoes, Hungarian pepper, and petunia plants for all of their friends and neighbours.
Elizabeth thoroughly enjoyed ensuring anyone who entered her home was greeted with fresh baked goodies, coffee (a shot of Southern Comfort or Casino Rum), or whatever else she had been cooking. She will be remembered by so many in the community for her Hungarian baking of tiered pastries, which never went unnoticed and were always quickly eaten.
Elizabeth was the most generous of ladies, so full of life and zest, ensuring she never took anything for granted. She was a devout Roman Catholic and parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua Hungarian Church for over 60 years. She enjoyed supporting the church and Hungarian community in any way she could. You could always hear her singing above all the others during Sunday mass.
Grandma was the type of person all should strive to be like. She undoubtfully has left a mark in so many people's lives, and a void at this time is felt. She had a witty sense of humour which she reserved for a very select few, and a number of one liners which will go unsaid. I will never forget Grandma telling me all through my life, when someone asks you how you are? Always reply with "Everything is under control; what's the sense of complaining."
Grandma will forever be missed, but is in our hearts. She is now at peace in God's hands, "Békében van az Istenek kezében."
Thank you to Dr. Matsubura at the Grace Hospital, and the wonderful staff at the Poseidon Long Term Care Home. Special thanks to Donna, Yvonne, Stephanie, Melissa, and Alta, as well as Father Dado Parrenas.
Private family interment has taken place at Glenlawn Cemetery. Formal memorial service at a later date.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 28, 2020
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
I would like to let the family know that she was the nicest aunt that anyone could have. I was glad that she and her family were able to come to Canada with my parents and me. She will be missed by me as i was not able to see her. My love to the family at this time. - Posted by: Ilona Feleki-Szalay (niece) on: Mar 31, 2020
We were sorry to learn of Elizabeth's passing. We were privileged and fortunate to have the Bodi's as our next door neighbors since 2006. We can attest to how delicious her cooking was, and how generous she was, both in her kitchen and over the fence. We can also confirm she was generous with the Casino rum. Likewise they always made sure we had lots of tomato plants for our garden. We will always remember Elizabeth saying "Canadians shouldn't complain, compared to many others, we have it good". Elizabeth was a fine lady and we miss her. We extend our condolences to the family. Morris and Joyce Deveson - Posted by: morris deveson (neighbor and friend) on: Mar 28, 2020
So sorry to hear that your Mom passed. She was such a special lady. - Posted by: Rita Duncan (Friend) on: Mar 28, 2020
Georgina, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I remember her well from many years ago. - Posted by: Debra Sawatzky (Friend) on: Mar 28, 2020
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