Early Friday morning on April 12 2019, Annamaria Berkes, loving wife, caring mother, and devoted grandmother of two passed away peacefully in her sleep at North York General Hospital, at age of 85 after a brave fight with Cancer.
Annamaria was born on June 22, 1933 in Budapest, Hungary to Miklos and Margaret Kirschner. Where they raised a beautifully vibrant little girl, who later on journeyed to Canada in 1956 to begin a new life. After sailing to Halifax and staying in Sault Ste. Marie for a short while, Annamaria arrived to Toronto, where she eventually met her husband, Nandor Berkes. Annamaria dedicated 30 years of hard work as a waitress in some of Toronto’s most popular coffee houses. In March 1962 Annamaria and Nandor married, where soon after they had their only daughter Susan.
Throughout Annamaria’s extraordinary life, she had many passions. She and her husband enjoyed hosting dinner parties and social events for their friends where they were always getting dressed up. Annamaria also enjoyed playing cards with her friends, which later turned into a weekly activity, as well as knitting, cooking, collecting magnets and spending time with her grandchildren. Annamaria’s compassion was truly infinite, all enjoyed her radiant love and her home cooking, and her love of animals was truly inspiring. Like every lady, Annamaria loved to shop and jewelry was her weakness. Annamaria was the most dedicated, determined and powerful lady, surviving breast cancer at the age of 60. She was an incredibly strong-willed woman who never hesitated to share her opinions.
Annamaria was preceded in death by her husband, Nandor Berkes, and is survived by their daughter Susan, son-in-law Sheldon, and two granddaughters Samantha and Sydney.
Annamaria’s family would like to extend our most sincere appreciation to those who took exceptional care of her; the palliative care team at North York General Hospital, Dr. C Kung, Dr. D. Grossman, Nurse S. Yip, and the PSW’s from St. Elizabeth’s.
Visitation for family and loved ones will take place on Sunday April 14th between 1:00pm – 4:00pm at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, located 6150 Yonge Street. Donations may be sent to The Toronto Humane Society in honor of Annamaria Berkes.