Marika Hajek

July 3, 1932December 5, 2018
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Suddenly at University Hospital Marika passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec 5th in her 87th year. She was born in Maglod, Hungary and immigrated to Canada in 1957 with her husband Frank. She is survived by her niece Eszter Dienes (Bela) of Toronto, nephew Ferenc Figuli (Jona, Franky) of Guelph and Eduard Nagy (Anita), Omama to Edward and Patrick. She was the owner/operator of the Budapest Restaurant for over 61 years. She touched many people’s hearts with her generosity and kindness.

Visitation with be held at Needham Funeral Service at 520 Dundas St from 2-4 and 5-7 pm on December 9, 2018. Funeral mass to be held in the Chapel @ 11.00 am on Monday Dec 10th. Interment to follow at St Peter’s Cemetery. We would like to give a special thank you to the Doctors and Nurses on 7th for the care they gave her. In lieu of flowers donations to the Heart & Stroke or St Stephen Church of Hungary Hungarian Catholic Community would be appreciated.



  • Visitation Sunday, December 9, 2018
  • Visitation Sunday, December 9, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Monday, December 10, 2018


  • Burial to follow at St. Peter's Cemetery

Marika Hajek

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Madeline Kovacs

December 9, 2018

Marika was a beautiful person who touch the hearts of many. She made my family's special occasions a memorable one. Marika you will be truly missed. Love from the Kovacs Family

Eszter Dienes

December 8, 2018

She always be in our Hearts Eszter ( her niece) and her husband Bela!

Margaret Suplat

December 8, 2018

Markka has been part of our family celebrations for many years. Her wonderful welcoming marked any event in a special way. How she loved to tease the boys! This wonderful lady will be forever missed.

Zsuzsanna Gati

December 7, 2018

Delvis Sharpe

December 7, 2018

I met Marika , when I first came to London. The first time I visited her restaurant, she invited me to sit at her table and I did so up until two weeks ago when I last saw her. She was a kind and thoughtful lady who always reached out and greeted her customers warmly. I never heard her complain and when I did, she would tell me to stay positive. I will certainly miss her for being a friend I could talk to and have a laugh.
Rest in peace Marika.

Crystal Harren

December 6, 2018

Such a loss to our community. Marika will be missed as she was such a staple to the downtown .From visiting her restaurant as a child to later bringing my own son there, I have so many memories . I think,my favorite being my son playing an old piano in the back of the restaurant and listening to her laugh and clap, yes, that is definitely my favorite .

Teresa Grimminck

December 6, 2018

Every time we went to the Budapest Restaurant, Marika made us feel very welcome. She was always at her Restaurant. She would welcome us in saying "Come in, come in my beautiful people". She always had some little bit of advice as we were leaving. We will certainly miss her.
Rob and Teresa

Ted Elliott

December 6, 2018

So sorry to hear of Marika. I enjoyed many meals and double black russians at The Budapest. Marika was an icon in London. Always loved chatting with her and her sense of humour. She will be missed. ❤