“I think our family is special because we have love for each other, respect for each other, we can laugh together, have fun and visit together. Hope it will always be.”
Margaret “Manci” Szel said this and lived by these words. Family, followed by cherries and Hungarian-ness, were the hallmarks of her life. On June 5, after a rich 97 years, she passed away surrounded by love in her own home.
Manci, called Kishmama by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nurtured her family through her food (mostly Hungarian), stories (also mostly Hungarian), as well as support and advice when asked. She lived her early years in Edmonton, after arriving from Hungary, where she met the man she would always love, Karoly Szel. Together they built a family and community. Music, dancing, singing, fashion shows, friends, were always a part of their lives. To Manci, everything was Hungarian, but she was Canadian to her soul. They moved to Naramata, BC, to become cherry orchardists. It is here that the grandchildren have their fondest memories of being “dumped” by their parents. Upon Karoly’s death Manci returned to Edmonton. She was and will always be loved by her 4 children and their spouses, her 8 grandchildren and their partners, and her 5 great-grandchildren, as well as her sister. She was predeceased by her brother.
In lieu of flowers, try cooking a Hungarian meal.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Margaret Szel 2021..
Death notice for the town of: Edmonton, Province: Alberta