August 7, 1933 – October 31, 2023
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Eva Penzes-Wright. She was born in Veszprem, Hungary at a tumultuous time in world events. She met her future husband Istvan (Stephan) Penzes in high school. They were married in May 1955 and emigrated to Canada during the Hungarian uprising of 1957.
After a short stint in Trail BC, they moved to Edmonton where Istvan finished his post graduate education as a chemist and Eva raised their two sons (Steven and Ken) while running the household and working as a piano teacher. After Istvan’s passing in 1975, Eva took solace in her work and community at St Paul’s United church where she met Dr Robert Earl Wright who became her second husband in November 1982.
The two of them enjoyed the great outdoors and often travelled throughout North America in their VW camper van. They also took many trips to various world destinations and enjoyed adventures such as chartered flights to Kluane National Park, catamaran cruising in the Aegean, and bus touring through the Balkans. They ultimately fell in love with Puerto Vallarta where they spent many months over the coming years taking refuge in their condo from the Edmonton winters.
After Robert’s passing in 2015, Eva continued her travels while she was able. In recent years she took much comfort with her family, friends, community, church, and her faith. She lived a full and complete life and will be missed by those who knew her.
She is survived by her sons Steven and his family and Ken; her sister-in-law Aniko Toth and her family; and by the Wright children Elizabeth Emslie and her family and Todd Wright and his family. Eva was predeceased by her parents, Lajos and Ilona Toth, brother Sandor Toth, and her daughter-in-law Tracy Gaye Hanton.
Memorial arrangements will be announced at a future time. You are encouraged to remember Eva and celebrate her life in your own way. In addition, please feel free to make a donation in her name to your charity of choice.