BODO, Isabel (Isabella) Widow of the late Alexander Bodo, sister of the late Joseph (Jr.) Kormondi and cherished mother of Byron Alexander, William Andrew, and Susan Marie died peacefully in Victoria, Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 at the age of 88. She was born in Risce, Hungary, July 6th, 1924 to Joseph and Rebekah Kormondi. The family came to Canada in 1926 living in Niagara Falls and Port Colborne before settling near Simcoe to sharecrop tobacco in the late '30s and '40s. On graduating high school in 1942, Isabel worked in Hamilton as telephone operator until marrying Alex in July 1948. After the boys arrived in '49 and '51, the family ran a fruit farm near Beamsville on the Niagara Peninsula. In '57, they moved north to the mining town of Schefferville, Quebec where Susan arrived in 1958. The family returned to Niagara in 1960 to settle in Grimsby where the children were schooled. From the 1969-1984, Isabel worked as an RNA. As Alex suffered grave illness in the '70s and again in the '80s, she moved the household to St. Catherines and later to Victoria in 1985 where they lived until their respective ends. Beyond wife, mother and family bedrock, she is remembered for her love of music and literature, her joie de vivre, her wry humour, and her independent spirit. Her enduring curiosity about the larger world and adventurous soul begot a love of travel that began with a jaunt with school friends to New York City in 1942. From the late 1960s, she toured abroad to many locales. Just days before her passing, she remarked how thankful she was to have found strength to make her last grand voyage, a 2009 cruise accompanied by daughter Susan from Rio de Janeiro, around Cape Horn and home to Victoria with many stops. She was cremated as she wished. Mom, we sadly miss your loving smile and twinkling eyes.
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Sept. 22, 2012