Eva Gregus

Funeral Service: Monday, September 07, 2020
Private Graveside
Shiva: Strictly Private Shiva. Thank you for respecting the family's wishes.
Donations:
Montreal Association for the Blind, (514) 488-0043, ext. 1404.

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Susan Lemco-Marcovitch - 13 days ago

Dear Vivian , Ron and Family, My Mother Ruth Fischer- Lemco met Eva when they attended Thursday group activities at the McKay Center. They shared a taxi there and back and spent the day together talking and reminiscing about life in Europe. ( my Mother is Czech) .Being visually impaired and having come from Europe, my Mother felt they had a kinship, a lot in common.Eva’s relative ( Marianna Eggert) was a long lost friend of Ruth from when she was enlisted in the British Airforce. Eva orchestrated a reunion of the two ,over 75 years later by Skype. She was a lovely lady. BDE

Julie Shefner - 16 days ago

I was so sad to read about your dear mother and my long time Saturday afternoons coffee partner's passing. I liked her very much. She was an intelligent, smiling, kind person. We had very good conversations and laughter together. My deepest sympathy to the whole family. Her memory should be blessed.

Larry Lubin & Louise B. Mate - 16 days ago

Dear Ronnie, Vivian, and all family members, our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. I have many fond memories of your mother from having spent a great deal of time in your home, right near ours. Your mother was truly a special person with so many special qualities - elegance, intelligence, and beauty inside and out. Despite the difficulties she had growing up in Europe, she together with your father built a wonderful life in Montreal, rebuilding a strong family unit. Once again, so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Larry & Louise

Shirley Farber - 16 days ago

Dear Vivian and family: I have known your parents for a long time. Your mother was a strong and intelligent woman. In spite of adversity in her life, she had an optimistic outlook. I hope that past special memories will help you at this difficult time. Sending my sincere condolences.

Helene Gagnon - 17 days ago

Dear Vivian, Ronnie and all the family, We wish my brother Jean and I to extend our sincere condolences to all of you. Eva was a great lady and was part of our lives since the sixties due to our parents´ friendship with her and Imre. Each time we met them was like visiting members of our family and lets not forget the fantastic meals that Eva prepared for us as well as the lively discussions on every subjects you could think of. I will miss my dear Eva and am very happy to have had the opportunity to continue visiting her in her old age and be able to speak to her just a few days before she died thanks to Vivian. Now she is back with her Imre and I am sure that from now on she will be smiling endlessly. Eva was very important to me and she will always be close to my heart. Hélène Gagnon and Jean Gagnon

Nora and Bernard Segal and family - 17 days ago

Dearest Viv, Michael, Jeremy, Daniel and family and Ronnie and Family! We were very sad to hear about Eva‘s passing and wish to extend our condolences. Our families had so much in common coming from Europe and being Holocaust survivors. Eva was one of those brave survivors that lived a long life supported by her kids and a wonderful daughter like no other, that you Viv were to her. She will continue to live on through her story that you Viv documented so lovingly in a book about her life. With much love Nora, Bernard and family

Annie Koenig - 17 days ago

Dear Vivian and Ron, I am truly sorry for your loss and want to extend my deepest condolences to you and your family.She was a cherished friend of my my mother, Magda.

Lisa - 18 days ago

Dear Ron and Vivian, I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. She was such a strong and courageous woman. Her strength was amazing. I am blessed that I was able to get to know. her. She was welcoming and caring from the moment I met her. I still smile when I think of my first visit to Montreal. After she made a delicious breakfast, she asked if she could get a better look at me. She proceeded to pull out a bright light to shine on my face. It still makes me laugh. I hope you all find comfort in all the wonderful memories you have of your mother. My thoughts and love are with each of you during this difficult time. Love, Lisa

Barbara , Jeffrey and family - 18 days ago

Dear Vivian, Michael, Ronnie and families. Our heartfelt condolences go out to you on the passing of your beloved mother. We have such fond memories of times spent in Montreal especially when meeting up at your parents’ home and they were always so welcoming. She was so brave over the years and your loving support and care made all the difference in making her wish to remain in her home happen. May she rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, our sincerest condolences. Barb, Jeff and Family.

edna scharfstein friedman - 18 days ago

Dear Vivian and Ronnie, I can't tell you how sad I was to hear about mommy. It was like losing a member of my family. I remember the times we shared all those years. Eva will be sorely missed. She will always have a special place in my heart.

Evelyn and Phil Gold - 18 days ago

Dear Vivian and Ronnie, Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother. She was a good friend and neighbour for over two decades. We hope the your good memories of her will help you through this very difficult time.

denise hahn - 18 days ago

Aunt Eva was someone who I always have loved and admired . She welcomed me into her home first as her daughters friend and later as her nephew Paul ‘s wife . I always felt the love that emanated in her tasteful home , that flowed between her and her devoted husband Imre , and in her pride in her children , grandchildren and great- grandchildren. I know now that the secret ingredient in all the amazing Hungarian food she cooked and baked in her delightful kitchen was love. Eva was a strong woman who acted with heroism to survive during the Holocaust . She continued to be a strong , dignified and independent woman through her later years. She was always there to help her family and friends. She generously shared her sense of humor, wit and wisdom with us all . Aunt Eva was a blessing and we will all miss her dearly.

Michelle Ray - 18 days ago

Dear Vivian and Family, Brian and I were very sad to learn the news of your precious mother's passing and wish to express our deepest condolences. I will always treasure the times I spend with your parents when i first came to Canada 30 years ago. I meant the world to me to finally meet them. They showed me beautiful Montreal and I stayed in their home. Your mother and my mother were first cousins and both shared many times with me the stories of their lives as survivors and the tragedies they endured through the horrors of war. After moving to Canada permanently, it was so special to be able to spend time visiting with your parents, getting to know them both. I admired the deep love that they had for one another and their incredible strength. After the loss of your beloved father Imre, your Mom continued to bring strength to all the family and will be deeply missed by the many who were privileged to know her. I loved our rich conversations about life, as well as her cooking which always reminded me of my own childhood. She was an extraordinary person, a matriarch and I will miss her very much. Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

Susan & Frank Friedmann - 19 days ago

Dear Vivian and family, We wish to extend our sincere condolences. Your mother was a very special lady and honour to know. We will always treasure the friendship we enjoyed with her. Sincerely, Susan & Frank Friedmann

sharyn finkelstein - 19 days ago

Dear Vivian and Ronnie It feels like the end of an era. I had spent countless amounts of time in your home since public school. I have very vivid memories of your mother who always made me feel welcome. She introduced me to different delicious foods at dinner. I actually learned a few words in Hungarian and can hear her laughter as I attempted my poor accent. I went on many excursions with your family including to check out summer camp. Your mother was. smiling as she handed out a basket of fried chicken. Her book which proudly sits on my shelf highlights her courage and endurance during the most unimaginable times. As she grew older and had difficulty with her sight, I marveled at her ability to live on her own. She was a fighter and did it her way. Please take care of each other during this most difficult time. love sharyn

Szamosi family - 19 days ago

Dear Gregus family, Our families grew up together. Our parents were the best of friends. We have many wonderful memories being together. Living so near to each other in her later years we often helped her out with little things. She was kind and generous and loved to chat. We will miss her. Our heartfelt condolences to the whole family. Judy, John and family.

Paul & Denise - 19 days ago

Vivian, Ron and family: I can’t tell you how disappointed Denise and I are in not being able to attend your mom’s funeral. She was a part of my life ever since I can remember The many times I stayed at her house in my childhood and then the many times Denise and I stayed there, and enjoyed the best of Eva’s Hungarian cooking, are indelibly saved in my memory. Eva was a woman of great strength and character and she had a determination that was forged through the survival of adversity, that only those of her generation who lived through the horrors of the Holocaust possessed. After surviving those horrors, she and Emory had to leave their home and first had to emigrate to France and then to Montreal to start a new life from scratch, arriving in Canada with nothing and through determination build a new life for themselves. To me and Denise, Eva was a loving aunt and we spoke with some frequency by phone, especially in the last year. I can tell you that from our conversations I know how immensely proud she was of you Vivian and Miguel and Ron and very proud of all her grandchildren. She was also a very caring sister to my mother. I was always grateful to your mother’s intercession when I was about 18, when my mother was going through what can be characterized as a nervous breakdown. My father and I were too close to the situation to realize what was occurring but Eva did. After one particular phone conversation with my mom Eva recognized what was happening to my mom and Eva flew to New York the next day to take my mom to a psychiatrist to get her the help she needed. This is something that I never forgot. Your mom was very special to me and her loss is felt very deeply by me and I will feel your mom’s passing for quite sometime, I am sure. We can take comfort however in the long life she led. The fact until the very end she lived independently, and on her own terms and that she had been blessed with a wonderful husband and loving children and grandchildren. With much love, Paul & Denise

Marta and Judy Filo - 19 days ago

Eva was part of the fabric of our lives. She and Marta spoke everyday for more than sixty years. They shared everything. Memories of the past before the war, the horrible years and immigration. And the building of new lives, the hopes for their children and the pain of losing their beloved husbands. I knew her phone number almost before I knew my own. Weekends usually included time for our families to be together. All jammed in one car in the early years. My mom Marta and I will miss her. Vivian and Ron you have been blessed with a caring wonderful mother. I hope all the good memories will ease your pain.

Micky - 19 days ago

Ronnie was my best friend growing up. I spent a lot of time at his house when I was very young and when I did, I was family. Because we were young boys, we often got into mild trouble. A common phrase I heard so often among Ronnie and his parents was "nem én csináltam" translated " I didn't do it". Good times! My deepest condolences to the Gregus family.

Joanne Weigensberg - 19 days ago

Dear Vivian and family. Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. Just last week I drove by our street and sat in front of my old home and your mother's companion was just arriving at the door. It brought back such nice memories of being in your home and what an amazing baker your mom was. Thank you for a copy of the book she had written. Stories such as hers and your father's must live on. Take care and stay safe. You are in my heart and I am thinking of you. Fondly, Joanne

Charna Young - 19 days ago

Dear Gregus family, In 2009, I spent multiple hours interviewing Eva for the Concordia University Oral History Project for Survivors of Genocide. She felt that her painful memories needed to be documented not only for her family but in the hope of making the world a better place. My deepest condolences.

Harvey & Lois Toulch - 19 days ago

Dear Vivian and family, Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved mother. She was our good neighbour and a very knowledgeable and dignified lady. We will miss her. Lois & Harvey Toulch

Neil Cherry - 19 days ago

Dear Vivian & family, Joanna & I wish to extend our heartfelt condolences. Eva was a wonderful woman who lived through the worst of life but always had a positive outlook. She was an incredibly strong & funny woman. We thoroughly enjoyed our conversations and time spent with her (and her beloved Melody). May she rest in peace! Joanna & Neil

Elizabeth and Ivan Katz - 19 days ago

Dear Family, Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your precious Mother. She was a remarkable woman! Sincerely, Elizabeth and Ivan Katz

Linda Greiss - 20 days ago

To the Family of the late Eva , My deepest sympathy on your loss of a wonderful lady. I had the pleasure of meeting Eva every Thursday at the MAB Day Centre serving her meals. She always looked forward to her cake. RIP Eva. Linda Greiss