Eszter Szalkai

Eszter passed away peacefully on June 11th. Eszter is survived by her husband of 52 years Andrew, her sons Stephen (Marta) and Dennis (Shannon) and her four grandchildren Daniella, Gabriella, Joshua and Olivia.

Eszter Somogyi was born in Turkeve Hungary. She was raised on a farm where she developed her love for all God’s creatures. Her tender heart and care towards all animals would continue throughout her life. Ester’s studies at Sopron University were cut short when she and thousands of her countrymen left Hungary during the 1956 Revolution. Eszter came to Canada in 1957 completing her Bachelor of Science in Forestry at UBC in 1959.Eszter proudly became a Canadian citizen in 1962.

She married her loving spouse Andy in 1963, first settling in Williams Lake then shortly afterwards moving to Quesnel.

Eszter spent 30 happy years in Quesnel raising her sons.

She was very proud to be a great wife and mother. In 1995 Andy retired from Weldwood and they moved to Richmond. During this period Eszter was able to travel extensively throughout Canada, USA and overseas, creating lasting, happy memories for herself and Andy. Eszter’s family will never forget her faith, sacrifice, work ethic, generosity, humility and fighting spirit.

She was a 25 year cancer survivor. Eszter felt blessed and was truly grateful for all the love and support she received from her friends and family in Canada and Hungary. We will miss her dearly.

Special thanks to Dr. John Havens, Dr. Crowley, and the staff of Fraserview Intermediate Care Lodge in Richmond.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.