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Jolan Huszak (Pasztor)

May 2, 1929 - December 13, 2016


Jolan (Joly) HUSZAK, 87, of Nelson died December 13th, 2016, after a long battle with

Dementia/Alzheimer’s. Jolan was born on May 2, 1929, in Sarospatak, Hungary to Joszef and

Jolan Pasztor. As a young girl her life was filled with music. Her father played the piano while

Jolan and her sister, Olgie, sang duets in church and school. Her beautiful alto voice would

bring pleasure to many as they heard her sing throughout her life. Dancing also brought her

great joy. Every chance she got she would be twirling to the popular tunes of the times, singing

along with her favourites.


Being very creative, art was important to Jolan. She drew and painted as a young girl. She was

so good at it that one of her friends, who was not an artist, would have her do her art projects

while she did Mom’s math. Mom said she would never have passed math without her help.

Her desire to create was shown by her many beautiful needlepoint pictures she made for her

home and family. She also kept her family warm by wrapping them in knitted and crocheted

sweaters and blanket.


Jolan married Laszlo Huszak on October 23rd, 1947. In 1948 they welcomed a son, Laszlo Albert

(Laci) into their lives. Later he was known as Laz, to his Canadian friends. Then, in 1953, a

daughter, Judit Ilona was born. Communism brought great hardships to the young family. The

Hungarian Revolution, in November 1956, brought an opportunity to escape communism and

start a new life. After six months, in Salzburg, Austria the young family was able to move to

Canada. The Canadian Immigration officer told Laszlo and Jolan, “I am sending you to the most

beautiful place on earth, Nelson, British Columbia.” Jolan and Laszlo raised their two young

children and lived the rest of their lives in Nelson. They were forever grateful to that gentleman

for sending them to this wonderful place.


Jolan worked for many years at Mount Saint Francis Hospital, first in housekeeping then in the

kitchen. She enjoyed her years there and spoke fondly of the friendships she had made there.


Jolan was predeceased by her parents Joszef and Jolan; brother Zoltan; sister Olgie; her

husband Laszlo and son Laszlo (Laz) A. Huszak.  She is survived by her daughter Judit

Guderjan (Dan); daughter-in-law Marsha Mackie (Bill); grandchildren Leanne Marshman

(Blaine); Heather Jones (Pat); Michael Guderjan (Megan); Scott Guderjan (Kelly) and four great

grand children, Leah and Avery Jones and Ethan and Olivia Guderjan.


There will be a private family service at a later date.


Many thanks to Dr. Janz and the staff at Mountain Lake Seniors Community for the wonderful

care given to Jolan during her last years of life.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Shirley and Joseph Karasz
Relation: Long ago family friends in Nelson

Our condolences to Jolan’s family. Joly was a lovely gracious lady. My husband Joseph’s parents also came to Nelson in 1956. His Dad worked for Joly’s husband Laszlo in his construction business. We all mingled socially. May they both rest in peace together. Sincerely, Shirley Karasz.

From: Joseph Kapuszta
Relation: Lifelong friends

Dear Ditty and Family! With deep sadness and sympathy, I forward our condolences to you in these sorrowful days. Your parents were our best friends for years, until I no longer was able to communicate with your Mom, due to her illness.
May She rest in peace!
We wish you and yours peace, strength and god health to move forward into a better tom0rrow.
Love, Joe Kapuszta and Family in Aldergrove, B.C.

From: Dewey Riesterer
Relation: Friends from 1957

Judy, My deepest and most sincere condolences on the passing of your Mum. I also include your dad, as I had not heard he had passed and he was a good guy whom I enjoyed knowing

As you may recall, Laz and I were good friends since boyhood and I left Nelson, in 1980. He was one of the finest guys I have ever known and I was heartbroken when I heard of his early death….still often think of him and fun we had together.

You folks were great neighbours and I have warm memories of all of you, God Bless and keep you and yours.


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