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1926 - 2013 ALFORD Yolanda Jászai, a long-time resident of Alford, passed away Friday, Jan. 4th, 2013, at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington.
Born Jolánka Meszáros on Oct. 24th, 1926, to János Meszáros and Katalin Szabó in Zalaszentlprinc, Hungary, she received her primary education at Notre Dame Gymnasium in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary. Following five years of German occupation, she departed her hometown ahead of the advancing Soviet Army and emigrated from Hungary in 1945.
After relocation to a displaced persons' camp near Salzburg, Austria, she eventually immigrated to the United States via Germany in 1950. She moved between New York, Michigan and Pennsylvania before spending 10 years in Arvada, Colo., as a waitress at the El Rancho Restaurant. Here she married businessman, decorated war veteran and fellow Hungarian expatriate Lajos Jászai in 1956.
After settling in Berkshire County in 1965, she worked at the former Adams Supermarket, Monument Mountain Regional High School and Big Y Supermarket in Great Barrington for over 35 years. She enjoyed dancing, croquet, classical Hungarian music, hosting parties, baking, gardening and caring for her many animals. She was a lively member of the local and Hungarian-American communities, and traveled frequently to visit family and friends in Austria and Hungary. In retirement she was active through her final days, continued to live with her family, and enjoyed the constant company of her daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Katinka Jaszai and Thomas Canning of Alford, MA; grandchildren, Patrick Canning of Cambridge, MA, Katinka Canning of Budapest, Hungary, and Conor Canning of Alford, MA; sister Cice Lippai of Zalaegerszeg, Hungary; niece Éva Lippai of Zalaegerszeg, Hungary, nephew László Pataki of Esztergom, Hungary, and nephew George Nemeth of East Rutherford, NJ; and particular friend of over 40 years, Anna Zimmerman of Fairfield, CT.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband Lajos Jászai, daughter Évike Nemeth and sister Gizella Pataki.
MEMORIAL NOTICE: A memorial Mass will be held at Saint Peter's Catholic Church in Great Barrington, MA on Tuesday, Jan. 8th at 10:00 AM. Arrangements are by BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME in Great Barrington.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 6, 2013