Obituary of Frances (Franci) Cyfra
September 17, 1928 – May 26, 2022
Frances (Franci) Cyfra of Calgary, AB, passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at the age of 93 years.
Frances was born in Budapest, Hungary, on September 17, 1928, and immigrated with her beloved husband, Henry, to Canada in 1951. In May 1952, Frances and Henry moved with their family to Symons Valley, Calgary. Grandma, as she was known, not simply to her own grandchildren, but so many others as well, remained on the farm as long as she could following Henry’s death, after 65 years of marriage.
Frances was known throughout the district, and beyond the province’s borders, not only for her apple pies and exquisite tapestries, but for her resilient cheer and many contributions to the community through the Casa Loma Ladies’ Association. Frances was devoted to her family. Visits from grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her special joy particularly as she weakened. Although bones failed and memory receded over the past few months, the strength of her love never did.
Frances is survived by three children, Elona Malterre (Mark Lowey), Emery (Maureen) Cyfra, and Kathryn (Julius) Kiss; and Emmanuel Malterre (dear family member). She is also survived by her seven grandchildren, Alexandra Malterre (Stephen Gaspard), Konrad (Nicole) Kiss, Vincent (Jessie) Kiss, Rebecca (Glenn) Worm, Richard (Samantha Faulkner) Cyfra, Carolyn (Duncan McIntyre) Cyfra and Elizabeth (Austin) Sorrenti; and her twelve great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church (819 – 13th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB) on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences, memories, and photos can also be shared and viewed here.
Family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, 1111 – 11 Ave. S.W., T2R 0G5. Calgary; and or Calgary Health Foundation 11012 Macleod Trail S.E., Calgary T2J 6A5. https://www.ccisab.ca/donate.html
In living memory of Frances Cyfra, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.