In Celebration of

Elizabeth Tobias Unterhoffer

November 15, 1939 -  April 9, 2020

It is with saddened hearts that we share the news of our mother’s passing… Elizabeth “Erzsike” Tobias Unterhoffer (aka Mom, Anu, Nagymama, Grandma and Citunéni), on Thursday, April 9, 2020 due to Chronic Kidney Disease Failure after many years of battling type 1 Diabetes as well as Parkinson’s disease at the age of 80.

Elizabeth was born on November 15, 1939 in Budapest, Hungary, living in a small quaint bungalow style row house with her mother, 6 sisters and 3 brothers. At the age of 16, during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution/Cold War, she left Hungary on foot to Switzerland where she married her husband (Jozsef Unterhoffer) as they decided to start a better life for themselves here in Canada. They came to Montreal by boat and first lived in Toronto, then Ottawa and a few years later, they built their home in Touraine (Riviera), Quebec currently known as Gatineau. With limited English in her vocabulary, and a background of a shoemaker, jobs were hard to come by. She stayed home and took care of her children and then happily she began working as a Hostess/Cashier in a government Cafeteria which then evolved into running her own little canteen for many years which both were in Tunney’s Pasture where she was well respected and liked by all. Mom was very much family oriented, she loved music, hockey in particular (the Ottawa Senators), dancing, Wii Bowling, Cards/Board Games and sharing laughs and a 17-year companionship with her friend Tom.

Our mother, was a witty, social and a kind individual to all who were around her. In the long–term care residence she lived in, her nurses loved to spend time with her each day and always complimented her with kindness and shared many laughs. Our mother was a strong, selfless woman with her 57-year battle of diabetes, with constant diabetic feet pain, blindness and lack of hearing that took grave control over her especially in her last weeks along with not being able to see her family during this pandemic which sat heavily on her heart. Yet, she always smiled and stated not to worry about her. She will now be resting without pain and discomfort as she will now be rejoined with her late husband of 64 years.

With all our love from her 3 children, Gabor, Jozsef (late Mary-ann), Silvia (Wayne) and her grandchildren; Chrissie (Tim), Eric (Tina), Kimberly, Kyle, and Justin. As well as her great-grandchildren Mason, Lucas, Leonidas, and Alexandros. She will be missed terribly.
Due to this pandemic, a Celebration of her life and services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers we are asking that donations be made to Diabetes Canada Foundation.


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Joe Unterhoffer (Son)

Entered April 12, 2020 from Gatineau

I enjoyed our talks and your advice. With all your hardships and sickness, all the times I would call and you would still crack a joke and be smiling thru the phone. You were a very strong person! I will miss you very much! No more suffering! Sleep well, rest in Peace!!

Love you with all my heart Mom!

Joci (Joe)

Mark O'Neill (Friend of family)

Entered April 12, 2020 from Ottawa, On

Our condolences to the Unterhoffer family on the loss of Elizabeth. We know from Chrissie how much she meant to you all. We also enjoyed her wonderful Hungarian recipes, tasted through the special dishes Chrissie shared with her friends and colleagues over the years. May she rest in peace and may you find comfort in the memory of Elizabeth.

Janice & Mark O'Neill

Tom Proulx (long time companion)

Entered April 13, 2020 from Ottawa

Anyone lucky enough to know her was a better person for it. Anything she had she wanted to share with everyone. She loved babies. She had the most beautiful smile that would melt the coldest her. I will miss her terribly.

Eric Unterhoffer (Grandson)

Entered April 13, 2020 from Gatineau, QC, CA


You were deeply loved and will be missed but your memory will live with us forever. Your sense of humor was always present regardless of how you were feeling. You were strong and very wise. I still remember doing math problems with you as a kid and being so impressed on how good you were at it. I remember all those great memories sitting in your basement with the family; watching old movies on the Beta and VHS and enjoying your amazing cooking and baking. Those were great times that will live with me forever. I hope that you can finally rest and find grandpa.

Rest in peace grandma, we love you very much and will always be thinking of you!

Love Eric, Tina, Leo and Alex xox

Silvia Villon (Daughter)

Entered April 13, 2020 from Aylmer, Quebec

Hey Mom!

Thank you for being their for me always! No matter how I was feeling your were always there to listen and offer your thoughts.. which were always bang on! I loved your humour as we could always joke with you and you back with us. We have shared many great times, MOM, from playing cards, sharing conversation over a Hungarian pear liquor to dancing til 3AM in my living room to Bon Jovi and Engelbert.. Oh let's not forget about Tom Jones.

I am so proud of you for your strength and your heart which I know it will only make me a stronger person too. I will miss you alot, Mom, but now I wish you lots of peace and lots of comfort and make sure to kick dad's butt in bowling.. since you have had a bit more practice with the Wii! Love you Mom, always! Silvike


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