BAKARIC, Magdalena 'Magda' (Hazenstaub) - (October 4, 1930 - September 10, 2017) -
A shining light of goodness, compassion and selfless devotion to her family, Magdalena’s death leaves a great void. Known to most as Magda, she will be remembered as a loving, kind and smiling woman with whom people wanted to spend time and share enjoyment.
Magda was predeceased by her husband, Ivan and a younger brother, Valentin. She is survived by her devoted daughter, Irene (Sean O’Shea), granddaughters Scarlett and Vienna, a sister Julia, a brother, Dragan, nieces, nephews and other family.
Magdalena Hazenstaub was born in the small village of Batina on the banks of the Danube River in what is now Croatia. During the Second World War, at age 13, Magda had to leave her village. She lived in a refugee camp in Germany for several years.
She met her husband, Ivan, as a teenager and they married in Munich when she was 18. In search of a better life, the couple moved to Caracas, Venezuela where they lived for almost ten years. But in the face of political instability and after the birth of Irene, who could not tolerate a tropical climate, the family moved again, this time to Kapuskasing, Ontario which became their home. Magda and Ivan eventually retired to Niagara Falls.
Magda worked as a homemaker and later managed a large clothing store, where she was respected and admired by her supervisors, employees and customers. For a time, she hosted a weekly radio program where she shared music in various languages. Magda was fluent in English, Croatian, German, Hungarian, and Spanish. She was also a skilled badminton player in a recreational league.
The centre of Magda’s life was her family. She took frequent trips with Irene’s family throughout the U.S., the Caribbean and Europe. Magda was an exceptional cook who never made a meal using written recipes. She would frequently say the most important ingredient in any recipe was love, something Magda dispensed in abundant quantities throughout her life.
Words can’t adequately express how much Magda meant to the people around her. She will be dearly missed.
Friends are invited to call at the Patterson funeral home, 6062 Main St., Niagara Falls for visiting Thursday 5 to 8 pm.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 10:30 am at St. Patrick's Church, 4673 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls. The Rite of Committal will follow at Fairview Cemetery.
In memory of Magdalena, memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Medical Ministry International Canada (MMICanada) at www.mmi.org, and would be appreciated by her family.