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ANTAL, Edith (nee Garai)

December 2, 1958 – February 14, 2012

Following a courageous six-year battle, our beloved wife and mother Edith Antal was called to her eternal rest in the presence of her family on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at the age of 53 years.

Edith Garai was born on December 2, 1958 in Szabadka and graduated with a bachelor’s in linguistics. She met Joseph Antal in high school in 1976 and they married on May 21, 1983. After making the difficult decision to move the family, they moved to Calgary in 1992 and have been active members of the community. Edith was well-known for her charity work as a member of Franciscan Secular Order (OFS), and a pastoral care group; she was also president of the Hungarian Canadian Cultural Association. She worked for Calgary Laboratory Services, and was an avid fan of the outdoors, frequently taking trips to the mountains with her family and beagle Dani.

Edith leaves to mourn and fondly remember her husband of twenty-eight years Joseph; sons Gabor (Katherine) and Andrew; daughter Clara; mother Anna Garai, aunt Julia Palics of Szabadka; brother Laszlo and family of Hungary; as well as numerous extended family and friends in Europe and Canada. She was predeceased by her father Laszlo Garai in 2003.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church (1600 Acadia Drive S.E.) on Monday, February 20, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. www.albertacancer.ca/memorial or to Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre, Box 430, Cochrane, AB T4C 1A6 Telephone: (403) 932-2012. Our family extends our sincere thanks to the doctors, nurses and caregivers at Tom Baker Centre and Southwood Hospice who have helped Edith during the greatest fight of her life. Their assistance helped a tenacious and strong woman in her battle, and we are grateful for the extra time we were given with her.

In living memory of Edith Antal, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Edith gave me strength during my darkest days when I was battling cancer. She gave me the most beautiful card with encouraging words that I read over and over. She always had a cute outfit for Ava and lite up when we met for our coffee dates and saw her. I will miss her strength and friendship. She was loved by all who knew her. God just gained a special angel. Hugs to all of you.

    Love Erin, Dave and Ava xoxo

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  2. Ally and Csilla :

    Joseph, Gabe, Andrew and Clara

    Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We will never forget your mom and the great friend she became to us over the last few years. Her strength and support helped us through some difficult times and we can honor her by returning the favor. Please keep in touch and let us know if there is anything we can do. God bless.

    Ally and Csilla

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss! I always remember Mrs. Antal driving me home when she picked Clara up from dinners out, and I remember one time she kept asking me where I lived and I couldn’t understand her, because I’m bad with accents and Mrs. Antal was so patient with me and just laughed even though I’m sure she thought I was Clara’s slower friend. She was always so nice and went out of her way to drive me home on several occasions. I always appreciated her kindness. She was a lovely lady and obviously a very strong lady. She touched a lot of people, even those who barely knew her like myself. She will be missed by all!

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  4. Anthony & Claudia Murdoch & Family :

    Antal family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that our prayers and thoughts will be with you and all your family members through this time.

    Anthony, Claudia & Family

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  5. Deanna Verheyde :

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Joseph and your family. I am so very sorry for your loss.
    Love Deanna

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  6. Ashley Farewell :

    I will miss your beautiful smiling face Edith. You were such a pleasure to work with. You fought a long courageous battle, and you are an inspiration, may you be at peace now. Condolences to the Antal family, may you have strength at this time.

    God Bless,
    Ashley Farewell

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  7. Őszinte részvétünk…
    Ciger Róbert és családja

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  8. Edith was always such a pleasure to be around, I enjoyed her company very much. She was also a great support for us. I thank you for everything and I will dearly miss you.
    My deepest condolences to the whole family. Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thoughts and prayers.

    Melinda

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  9. Andrea Križan Kovačević :

    Vaš je život i sada obogaćen sa njom. Suze koje teku ispraćaju dušu u novi svet gde ćemo se opet jednom susresti.

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  10. Székely Erzsébet :

    Nagyon megdöbbentett Edit halálhíre. A család gyászában fájó szívvel osztozom. Imádkozunk érte és lelki üdvéért szentmisét szolgáltatok.

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