NILES - Laszlo G. Nemeth Sr., 77, passed away at 1:41 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at the Autumn Hills Nursing Home following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in Gyor, Hungary, on April 19, 1936, the son of Geza and Anna Takacs Nemeth.
As a Hungarian Freedom Fighter, he escaped Hungary during the revolution of 1956 and came to America on Jan. 1, 1957. In 1972, he settled in Niles and built the first convenient store in the city. Convenient Food Mart was located on the corner of North Main and East Madison Avenue. He sold the business in late 1976 and became a truck driver for Harshman Industrial Cartage and also owned the VFW on Federal Street.
Laszlo G. Nemeth Sr.
He won the Golden Gloves in his weight division and went into professional boxing out of Ohio. He was a member of St. Stephen of Hungary Church, the Hungarian Club of Youngstown where he served as a board member and the Niles Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed collecting gold and silver, creating jewelry, playing poker and cards with family and friends, watching birds, and celebrating the Christmas season by decorating his home.
Laszlo is survived by four children, Judy (Ken) Frayne of Rockford, Ill., Lutz (Myrtill) Nemeth Jr. of Niles, Thomas M. (Julie) Nemeth of Pinnacle, N.C., and Erika I. Meade and her fiance, Hank Monroe, of Warren; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Geza Nemeth of Mineral Ridge; and sister, Eva Orosz of Hungary.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Judyth G. Walsh Nemeth, whom he married on April 30, 1960, and who died on Dec. 11, 2012; two grandchildren; sister, Ilona Szeker; brother, Jenci Nemeth; and two infant brothers, both who were named Istvan Nemeth.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Apostles Parish, St. Stephen of Hungary Church, Youngstown, preceded by a 9:30 a.m. prayer service at the funeral home. The Rev. Joseph Rudjak will be the celebrant.
The family thanks Hospice of the Valley for the care and comfort they have provided.
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