Minette Haydu

Minette Adrian Haydu (Goldsmith)

Saturday, December 20th, 1941 - Monday, June 10th, 2019
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Minette Adrian Haydu (Goldsmith) was a Beloved and Devoted Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, and Grandmother. Minette was the youngest of two siblings and was born and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She married young and was a devoted and loving mother her entire life, having natural children at 20 and 24 (David & Joelle) years of age. Minette developed a successful career in sales when she was young and found her career calling as a Social Worker. After going back to school at age 39, she earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) in 1990 at age 47. She also found the love of her life at age 40 and married John Haydu, whom she was happily married to until her passing. Minette loved to travel, knit, read, decorate, play Mah Jong and cards, and spend quality time with her family. Minette was preceded in death by her father (Harry Aaron Goldsmith), mother (Goldie Goss Goldsmith), and brother (Sherman Goldsmith). Minette is survived by her husband John, her children Steven, David and Joelle, and her grandson Alexander. Minette was 77 years old. She is and will continue to be terribly missed.
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Nick Michalski

Posted at 02:00pm
I met Minette for the first time at Dave’s house in Brookfield, WI, a suburb of Milwaukee.  This was 25+ years ago.  I can remember so many of my conversations with Minette like it was yesterday.  We always had a lot of laughs but I can remember a few times we shed some tears. 

As the result of her life experiences, her insights and advice were usually spot on.  She always made me feel like I was one of the family.  I moved to San Diego around the same time John and Minette did.  I feel so fortunate to have had Minette a part of my life.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.  I know Dave well and know he is crushed to lose his mom.  I will never forget you Minette.  Love you Minette!! RIP
Nick Michalski


Christine Phillips

Posted at 02:11pm
Thanks to the joys she experienced in reading, I, too, was privileged to know Minette. I felt an instant connection upon meeting her at our Book Club. She was special: her intelligence and sense of humor, her caring and kindness, her openness and honesty, her genuine interest and insights into not only the books but also the people around her. She shared her thoughts, her feelings, and her recipes – the raisin-brownies are a favorite! She also persevered, attending as many meetings as she could while dealing with health issues. I admired and cared about her, and she will always have a place in my heart. My deepest condolences to her devoted husband and family, Christine Phillips

Laura Kopperud

Posted at 09:13pm
I too knew Minette from Book Club. I so loved and valued her opinions—sometimes unexpected, but always insightful and she often made us laugh. Or made me realize I hadn’t thought deeply enough about the book. I’ll never forget her talking about her childhood education once when we read The Book Thief—how that was the first book that made her think a little bit differently about Germans despite her early learning. She will be sorely missed at book club. How lucky we were to have her with us one night each month—I can’t imagine how much her family will miss her knowing how I feel about her being gone from book club. Condolences to her family.

Connie Nicholas

Posted at 08:40pm
Dear Minette's comments in the Poway Book Club's meetings were provocative and stimulated much thought. It was a pleasure knowing Minette and sharing a love of reading and discussion with her. Blessings to her family. Sincerely, Connie Nicholas

Mary Whitehead

Posted at 03:42pm
I met Minette at Knitting Guild. I enjoyed her company and when one time talking with her we discovered we liked to read so I invited her to come along to book club with me. At our book club December pot luck dinner meeting Minette always brought her delicious brownies with raisins! Her insights into the behaviors of the book characters helped us to understand a bit about human behavior. We shared knitting patterns and helped one another if we had a knitting problem and of course, just visited. I hear her voice, I see her smile. As long as I am, she is. As long as you are, she is. Mary Whitehead

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