In Celebration of

Ester Judith Gabriella Bethlenfalvy (Kristoffy)

October 6, 1934 -  November 4, 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce Ester’s passing after a six-month struggle with pancreatic cancer. She died peacefully at home surrounded by family. She was Nicholas's beloved wife and best friend for 68 years; their journey together took them from Toronto to Shawinigan to Montreal to Geneva and back to Toronto. Ester will be terribly missed by her children - son Peter (Paula Hughes), daughters Carla and Sylvia, and grandchildren Alexandra, Allegra, Nicholas, Matthew & Ryan (Carley). She also leaves behind her younger brother Nick Kristoffy and her cherished niece and nephews, Jane, John (Laura) and Paul.

Ester always said she did not like change. However, she handled the multitude of unexpected changes in her life with positivity and grace. In 1944, at the age of 10, her family fled Budapest because of the war and she subsequently attended 8 schools in 4 different languages. Ester graduated from high school with top honors in Port Colborne, Ontario, attributing this accomplishment to her solid family base.

Relationships were Ester’s greatest joy. She had so many special people in her life that we can’t even begin to name them – treasured relatives and friends near and afar. She was the quintessential hostess, always welcoming guests with open arms, delicious meals and a comfortable bed. Ester’s warmth, laughter, generosity, humility, elegance and kindness will be remembered by the many lives she has touched.

Our family is tremendously grateful for the wonderful care Ester received during these difficult months from family and dear friends, doctors, nurses, PSWs and our homecare nurse Ashley, who has the heart and touch of an angel.

Visitations will be held on Thursday, November 16 from 2-4pm and 6-9pm at Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St W. A private family funeral will be held on November 17. A video will be live-streamed and available for later viewing.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ester's name to the Canadian Cancer Society.


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Suzy Rowley (Balazs) (Adopted daughter-in-law)

Entered November 8, 2023 from Toronto

I adopted Ester as my secret mother-in-law when our family moved to Toronto 13 years ago. As a lifelong friend of our beloved late George Balasz and Louise Landry Balasz, we were connected through love and connection. I will miss your kindness, intelligence and open heart, Ester. You will remain an inspiration to me on how to treat others with openness and warmth. My thoughts and courage are with Niklos, Peter, Carla and Sylvia, as well as the many family members and friends she leaves behind. Ester's love lives in all of us. xoxoxo Suzy

Balaji (Bill) Rajagopal (Friend of Peter B)

Entered November 9, 2023 from Pickering

Deepest condolences Peter

Raveena Rajasingham (Constituent)

Entered November 9, 2023 from Pickering

Our deepest condolences to Peter and the family.
May her beautiful soul rest in peace.

Michael Brameld (Board Member)

Entered November 9, 2023 from Pickering

Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your mother.
May the love and support from your family and friends bring you strength during this difficult time.

Daniel Hutt (None)

Entered November 9, 2023 from Pickering

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Esther. She had a life well lived and loved.


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