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Clara Toth

Clara Margaret Elisabet Toth (Kovacs)

Sunday, May 12th, 1918 - Wednesday, January 9th, 2019
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We are deeply saddened to announce that Clara Margaret Elizabeth Toth, nee Kovacs, passed away at home in Newmarket on January 9, 2019 in her 101st year. Mourning her are her children Kathy (Richard Kumpula) of Newmarket, Susan (Charles West) of Pincher Creek, Alberta and Tom (Sandra Barron) of Brock Township. She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren Ilona Kumpula (Spencer Robinson), Julia Kumpula (John Harmsen), Stephen West, Charlotte West (Brett Campbell), Thomas West (Nicole Christensen), Peter West, Jessica Toth, Nicholas Toth, Andrea Toth, Mathew Toth, Mitchell Toth, Wesley Toth, Madeline Toth and Katie Toth, her great granddaughter MacKenzie Harmsen and nieces and nephews in Hungary and Switzerland. She is predeceased by her husband Laszlo Toth (2008) and her brother Miklos Kovacs (2010).

Born in Felsoviso in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the daughter of Kovacs Theodor and Spanyol Edit, Clara was a graduate of the Hungarian University of Arts and Design in Budapest. Before World War II, she lived at various times in Budapest, Berlin, Vienna and, in her early years, in Meran, Italy.

Clara and Laszlo were married in 1949 and came to Canada as refugees. They were very appreciative of the warm welcome by the Durksen family who have remained life-long friends. Since 1953 they have lived in Newmarket where Clara played a major role in the development of their award-winning Carlissa Jersey herd. They were well-known and respected members of the Canadian Jersey Cattle Club. In addition, Clara took great pride in her gardens and supplied her family with fresh produce and preserves. In spring and summer there were always beautiful fresh-cut flowers in the home. She welcomed family and friends into her home and was the consummate hostess. Clara enjoyed many international trips during her lifetime. In the past two years alone, she traveled to Hungary to celebrate her 99th birthday and visited Costa Rica and Sanibel Island, Florida. She was an indomitable woman with a courageous spirit and a keen mind. Fluent in three languages and a true wordsmith, she was hard to beat at Scrabble! Keeping on top of world news was another of her passions. Clara will be forever missed and cherished.

Friends are invited to join the family in remembering Clara on Monday, May 27, 2019 at Madsen's Greenhouse, 160 Bayview Parkway (north of Davis Drive) in Newmarket from 2 to 5 pm. Cremation has taken place. Flowers and donations are gratefully declined.
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Bill and Maura Bolger

Posted at 02:18pm
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Russell Gammon

Posted at 04:22pm
Tom and Sandra and your family: I have very fond memories of both of Tom's parents via their Jersey-related activities. They were both wonderful people. Carlissa was a good name within the Jersey breed. Both the cows and their owners were respected. Living 100 years is an accomplishment in itself. When I saw the notice about Mrs. Toth in the Globe and Mail I recalled Tom swinging bags of feed onto his shoulders at Richmond Hill Fair and loading up the cows and equipment for home. Or maybe that was when the Spring Show was at Markham. It looks like you provided Clara with lots of children to dote on. Always thought about how close Newmarket was when driving by the farm. Blessings of comfort and oceans of happy memories to cherish!

Richard Metcalfe

Posted at 07:53pm
Cathy and Susan, sorry to hear about your Mother's death. What a remarkable woman and remarkable life.

Rick Metcalfe


Posted at 08:45pm
Hello Susan, Fred Lee here, I was in your grade 10 class at NDHS 66/67, moved to Toronto after Christmas 66 exams and moved back to Newmarket June 2017. Please accept my condolences. You were blessed to have had your mother for such a long time. I wasn't so lucky, my own mother passed in 1998 at only 70 but she lived a full life with a lot of travel to the old country (China) just like your mother to her old country. We will be reunited with our parents in time meanwhile live this life to the fullest just as your dear mother did. No regrets.

Neila Poscente

Posted at 10:39am
I was privileged to know Clara and treasure the memory of one afternoon enjoying tea, home baking and her wonderful stories. Newmarket is lucky to have had such a generous and caring citizen. With my sincere condolences, Neila

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