Teresa celebrates 100th, reflects on great escape

WITH friends and family raising their glasses in toast, Georges Manor has celebrated the life of Teresa Karsay who turned 100 on June 25.

“Born in 1919, Teresa’s life is a testament to her resilience, determination and successful pursuit of a better life for her family,” grand-daughter Christine Strangio-Frey said.
“Born one of 15 children in rural Hungary, Teresa showed spirit from a young age. Blessed with intelligence, but without the opportunity to pursue further education, she left the family farm at the age of 14 and went to Budapest to live with her older sister. “There, as an apprentice dressmaker, against the backdrop of beautiful Budapest, Teresa fell in love with Joseph, a glazier. Married at 26, Teresa and Joseph had two adorable daughters, Marta and Maria.”
Struggling to live under the Russian occupation of Hungary, Teresa and Joseph fled Hungary separately in 1956.
Alone, with two young children, Teresa went to England for 11 months where she took every opportunity to work hard and learn English.
In 1957, Teresa came to Australia and was reunited with Joseph where they prospered through hard work and sacrifice, providing for their children as they had hoped.
Today, Teresa is surrounded by her loving family, including her daughters, son-in-law, five grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. “Teresa still shows the determination and spirit of her youth. Her passion, as always, has been for the well being of her family,” Christine added.