Mrs. Gabriella Bereny Plantz

Mrs. Gabriella Bereny Plantz had met a formidable foe, when her health declined some ten years ago.

Possessed of a fighting spirit and born of a strength that had its roots in Hungary during the tumultuous years of World War II, giving up was not an option. But in the early afternoon hours of April 21, 2013, the God who created her, gave her that perfect healing she deserved and she slipped away to begin her eternal life in heaven.

She was born Jan. 1, 1951, in Budapest, Hungary, and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Gabriella Danfy Bereny.

Her father was a P.O.W. in a Siberian concentration camp for three years during WWII. He then led his wife and two small daughters to the Austrian border and to freedom during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, settling in the United States.

When her sister Andrea Czoka became ill, she moved to Augusta, Georgia, to help care for her family. She eventually came to be their caregiver after her sister’s death, and she helped her brother-in-law, Mike Czoka raise his family after Andrea’s death.

There are many words to describe Gabriella: intuitive, scrappy, inquisitive, fiercely independent, lover of the gift of life, and dedicated mother. And it must be mentioned, also, that she was artsy and creative, funny, generous and so very forgiving.

Most aptly, those who came to know her best were the beneficiaries of her unconditional love. It made no difference to her if she saw you every day or every 10 years. Your place in her heart was always there.

Surviving are her children, Cynthia McDonald and her husband Ben of Newnan and Jeffrey M. Plantz and his wife Gina of Chicago.

She adored her five grandchildren and her nieces and nephews.

The memorial service for Gabriella will be on Thursday, April 25, at Crossroads Church Highway 16 campus at 2 p.m. Pastor Scott Barber officiating.

Online condolences may be expressed at McKoon Funeral Home, 770-253-4580.

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