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Dre Teréz Rétfalvi


Dre Teréz Rétfalvi

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Teréz Rétfalvi, 75, of Moncton, wife of the late Frederic J. Arsenault (2013), on Thursday June 18 2020 at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. Daughter of the late Dr. Andor Rétfalvi and Mária Balla, of Hungarian origin and born in Germany, she arrived in Canada in the early 1950s with her parents and older brother. Pier 21 in Halifax will testify of their arrival here in the country. 

During her professional career, Teréz was Director of the Psychology department and retired Professor at the Université de Moncton. Strengthened by her enthusiasm and dedication, she collaborated, among other things, with the higher authorities at the University in the preparation of the dossier for the doctoral program in psychology, which was presented and accepted by the Higher Education Commission of the Maritime Provinces. 

As an accomplished clinical psychologist with a rigorous, insightful and assiduous mind, Teréz did not hesitate to get involved in the profession and to remind all that the psychological act must be based on convincing theoretical substrates. Mentor to many students and young colleagues in the profession, she aimed to assure the respect of professional guidelines, to advance the quality of the practice, and to ensure the well-being of society. She was a member then a Fellow of the College of Psychologists of New Brunswick, in which she was involved on several levels. 

Loved by all who knew and appreciated her, she will be sadly missed by her professional community and her family, three sisters: Andréa Nelson (Philip) of Saint John, Mária Rétfalvi (Daniel Albert) of Cocagne, and Auguszta Rétfalvi of St-Calixte, QC; two brothers: Stephen Rétfalvi (Lorraine) of Montréal, QC, and László Rétfalvi (Lisa) of Ottawa, ON; her nieces and nephews whom she adored: Victoria, Erika, Philip, Stephen, Mathieu, Maxime, Marc-André, Madeleine, Daphné, Ricardo, Émilie, Andrew and Alex; two sisters-in-law: Zita (Edmond Gallant) and Bernice (Louis Arsenault), both of Mont Carmel, PE; as well as their children and grandchildren. 

Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by an infant brother, Andor Junior. 

By request, there will be no visitation at the funeral centre. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Christ-Roi R.C. church, 300 Dominion Street, Moncton, on Tuesday June 30 at 11 am. The funeral will be videotaped and posted later in the afternoon on her obituary at Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Moncton. In memory of Teréz and her involvement in the Christ-Roi church, and its restoration, a contribution to the Christ-Roi parish would be greatly appreciated. 

Funeral arrangements are in the professional care of Frenette Funeral and Cremation Centre, Moncton (858-1900).


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