2017-08-02 / Obituaries

Laszlo Varga

Laszlo “Kopacz” Varga, The Silver Fox, 80, of Edison, NJ and Shandaken, died suddenly at his Catskill Mountain residence on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

He was born October 16, 1936 in Hungary, son of the late Viktor and Ilona Kis Varga. Laszlo came to the United States in 1957 as a refugee and Freedom Fighter, and was sent to Camp Kilmer, NJ with no money, family, or language skills. He was a hardworking, independent person who worked for the NJRR for $2 an hour. He later landed a job as a machinist, with the Princeton University Physics Department, for 38 years and was still substituting in the department until this day. He was highly respected in his field of expertise, and served as a resource to many colleagues. Laszlo had been a second homeowner in the Catskills since 1980, and a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America for over 35 years. He began at Plattekill Ski Center, and had become a ski instructor fixture on the slopes of Belleayre Ski Center for decades. He enjoyed skiing not only the Catskills, but also national and international ski adventures.

He was a member of the BMW Motorcycle Association of America, and toured Europe with friends. He had a great appreciation for nature, the outdoors, and therefore enjoyed his time gardening, bicycling, and landscaping his property. His family shared that he was very talented and could fix, and fabricate any part required for a repair. He was described as a comedian, with a good word for everyone. He was loving, generous, and extended himself to family and friends alike. In every sense of the word, Laszlo was the patriarch of his family.

Surviving are his wife of over 50 years, Alice Geller Varga; two sons, Laszlo of Edison, and Attila and his wife Danielle of Wantagh; two grandsons, Nicky and Alex; a brother, Gyozo and sister-in-law, Magdi; a sister, Ildiko and brother-in-law, Istvan all currently living in Europe and several nieces, nephews. He leaves behind his four-legged friends, Pumpkin, Ginger, and Splat.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was July 24 at St. Francis Cathedral, Metuchen. Interment was in Holy Cross Burial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

Local funeral arrangements under the direction of the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home, Main Street, Phoenicia.

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