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Born: Jul 15, 1929

Date of Passing: Nov 14, 2020

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Peacefully, with her husband by her side, Valerie Vagasi passed on Saturday afternoon, November 14, 2020.
Born in Veszprem, Hungary on July 15, 1929, she met and married her husband Andrew on July 6, 1952.
Together, with their firstborn Andrew, they left Hungary for a better, freer life in 1957, first settling in Adelaide, Australia where their second son Peter was born, then moving onto Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada where they settled in 1963, and lived the majority of their lives.
Val worked for many years in accounting at Teshmont Consultants and Bristol Aerospace.
She was a loving and devoted wife and mother, who loved cooking, reading, gardening and history.
She leaves to mourn, her devoted husband Andrew, two sons, Andrew (Debbie) and Peter (Lucy), and two grandchildren, Alexandria and Vanessa.
Val spent her last year living in Cochrane, AB to be closer to her family. She loved the rolling hills as they reminded her of her hometown in Hungary. A special thank you to her dear niece Suzanne for making her final year in Cochrane so special.

RIP, you are now free of pain and suffering and wrapped in the loving arms of Jesus.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 21, 2020

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • Valerie was my favourite aunt and although I didn't see her for a long time because of distance (her in Winnipeg and me in Calgary), I never lost my love for her. She was the kindest, smartest, most understanding and wise woman I have ever known. When I was about 12-13 the hairstyles that was in fashion was an up-sweep on the ends. My mother made me curl it in a down-sweep, like a pageboy hairdo. Then along came Vali. She waved my mother off and curled my hair into an upswing. Together the two of us got on the bus and headed downtown where everyone could see how sophisticated I was. Then there was her ability to have very personal talks without getting embarrassed. She explained my growing up in such an easy, beautiful way. She and my uncle were the Godparents of my two oldest. When I heard they were moving to Cochrane I was overjoyed. I went to visit them as often as I could, Cochrane being about 45 minutes outside of Calgary, it wasn't as easy to visit as if they lived in the neighbourhood. Then Covid hit. For a long time all I could do was drop off some food with security, park my car where I could see their window on the 4th floor and we'd wave at each other and talk on the phone. Then things relaxed a bit and I was able to take Vali for walks off the property. Most times we would just sit in my car and talk for hours. She had the best memory of old times. Then more relaxing at the Home and I was able to go visit in the unit. I took soups they missed and dinners, too. I'll never forget the last time I visited them when Vali was still alive. I warmed up their favourite soup (Hungarian chicken soup) in mugs, and with each sip they both would make satisfied sounds and a firm "this is so good". Two mugs later, they were full. This was the Thursday. Vali passed on Saturday. I feel very fortunate to have had this year to enjoy and love them. Rest in peace, my sweet Vali. I know you were ready to blaze a Trail for Endre. - Posted by: Suzanna Wing (Niece) on: Nov 26, 2020

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