Elizabeth Gavacs Sente

Elizabeth Gavacs Sente of Hastings passed away on Sunday, July 18, at age 100.

Elizabeth was born at her home in Hastings on Jan. 5, 1921, delivered by a midwife to Imre and Margaret Marhoffer Gavacs, who emigrated to the U.S. from Hungary. She graduated from Hastings public schools, attended business school for one year, and worked for the Lorillard Tobacco Co. in New York City from 1940 to 1951. During World War II she also volunteered with the Red Cross and at Grasslands Hospital. After the war, she started dating Lewis Sente. They were married in 1949 and went on to have three children: Margit, Paul, and Elizabeth. Although Elizabeth outlived her husband of 54 years, she never complained, and always accepted life’s challenges with a firm belief in Jesus Christ.

Elizabeth was a typical 1950s housewife: wash on Monday, change bedsheets on Tuesday, ironing on Wednesday, cleaning the kitchen on Thursday, housecleaning on Friday, running errands and shopping on Saturday, and church on Sunday followed by a family dinner (including her parents and often her brother and his family). She loved cooking, baking, and making jellies, and stressed the importance of keeping busy. For many years she was caretaker for her mother, to whom she was devoted. 

Elizabeth was a diehard New York Yankees fan. She traveled with her family, including a trip to Hungary where she was anointed “Queen for a Day” in the village of Tes, where her mother was born. She also spent many summers with her daughter and son-in-law at their lake house in Sunapee, N.H.

When asked about her key to a long life, she always answered: “All things in moderation.”

Elizabeth will be missed by friends and relatives but mostly by her children Margit Sente Buonicore (Anthony), Paul Sente (Mary Elizabeth), and Elizabeth Sente LaRosa (Nick); her grandchildren Margit Carleen Buonicore Costanzo (John), Anthony Lewis Buonicore, Elizabeth Ann Buonicore (Steve Terifay), and Stephanie LaRosa; her great-grandchildren Isabella Rose Costanzo, Christian John Costanzo, Lorelei Buonicore, Colton Joseph Terifay, and Jayden Charles Terifay; and her niece Nancy Gavacs Brunson and nephew James Gavacs.

Mass of the Resurrection was July 21 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Yonkers. Visiting was July 20 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.

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