Clara Lengyel

Funeral Service: Sunday, December 20, 2020
Private Graveside
Shiva: Strictly Private Shiva. Thank you for respecting the family's wishes.
Donations:
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JOHN KOVAC - 29 days ago

Dear George and Pamela and family. Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your dear Mother. May you be spared further sorrow . John and Elissa .

vera selmeci - 29 days ago

Dear George and family, I am so sad to hear the loss of your mother Klari , She was a great lady. I am thinking of you in this hard days.

Nina and Allan Miller - about 1 month ago

sorry to hear of passing of your MOTHER both your parents were friends of my late parents Joe & Bess Miller

Lissa Albert - about 1 month ago

I had the most profound honor of interviewing Mrs. Lengyel for the Witness to History program at the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre. She was very reticent in talking with me, because - understandably - her story is a painful memory. I had not known I was going to interview her; I was asked on the spot, so I didn’t know her name until we first met. She was so reluctant, she couldn’t even tell me her name, so she took out her Medicare card. When I saw her name, I asked if she was related to Jaclyn; she said, “that’s my granddaughter.” I smiled and informed her that I had been Jaclyn’s pre-kindergarten teacher. I asked if Pam still had to bring food to restaurants because Jaclyn was a fussy eater. At that moment, she met my eyes for the first time. As we went through her story, I asked her Hebrew name. She said, “Esther Mindel.” This was too much to be coincidence. I said, “Mrs. Lengyel - MY Hebrew name is Esther Mindel!” (In fact, she chuckled slightly in our interview when she answered that question on tape.) A week after our pre-interview, she came for the taping. As we waited for the elevator to go up to the studio, she couldn’t wait to show me photos of Jaclyn. She said, “I didn’t want to be here, you know.” I told her that yes, I knew. She said, “But you made a connection. You taught my Jackie. You know her. And that made me okay.” Upon getting settled in the studio, we made sure she had water, and Kleenex, and was comfortable. We told her if she wanted to stop at any time, we would. As I sat down, I took a Kleenex from the box. She said, “oh, don’t cry.” I explained to her that while I will remain composed throughout, her story is a painful one, she tells it in such compelling fashion, and I might shed tears with her. She gave me a pointed look and said, “you don’t understand. If you cry, I won’t be able to go on.” I did not shed a tear. It was difficult for me but I was secondary. She was my priority. I’ve shed the tears upon watching her video, alone at home. Mrs. Lengyel returned to the Centre to tape an additional segment. And then she returned at Chanukah. She knew my sons were 7 and 4, and she brought me chocolates for them. It moved me to my core, as did she. I cherish my memories of this beautiful woman. I cherish that she trusted me with her pain and her memories. I remain honored to have been just that little part of her story, because she touched my life in ways that have stayed vivid even 20 years later. She is now with her beloved Leslie, her mother and the family she lost, and I am deeply saddened that you, her family, have lost her bigger-than-life presence in this world. Please accept my deepest condolences on her passing. May G-d protect her beautiful soul, may she watch over you all, and may her memory always be a comfort and a blessing. Thank you, Clara Lengyel, for having made this world a better place, and for the part you played in my life. Baruch Dayan ha’Emet.

Sima & Ron - about 1 month ago

Dear George, Pamela, Brittany and family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss; we extend our deepest sympathies. May you find comfort in your memories of your loved one and be spared further sorrows.

Judy Koch Szamosi - about 1 month ago

Our moms enjoyed talking and playing cards together at Le Waldorf. My sincere condolences.

Faludi and Feigenbaum Families - about 1 month ago

Dear George, Pamela, Brittany, Jaclyn and their families, Please accept our deepest condolences on Clara's passing. We have so many fond memories of all of us together. May she rest in peace.

Gail & Lyndsay Wise - about 1 month ago

George and Pamela we extend our deepest sympathy on the passing of Clara. I have wonderful memories of the time that we spent together. Our parents were good friends and always enjoyed a good laugh together. Lyndsay and I are thinking of you at this difficult time.