Albert F. Bagi, 85, of Granite City, Ill., born March 17, 1931, in Granite City, Ill., passed away Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, at his home surrounded by his family.
Albert was a self employed salesman of cookware and a very active member of First Presbyterian Church, Granite City, Ill. Albert was a member of the St. Louis and Belleville Rose Society and gave countless hours in volunteer work at the Six Mile House in Granite City. He loved his church, where he was a long time Sunday School Teacher and he enjoyed Bible study with other church members. He volunteered his time for the Bread of Life Meals for the homeless and just loved to tend to his many roses. He will be remembered for his kind and giving heart and all the special times he shared with his family and friends.
Albert always referred to himself as an "Octogenarian, a Contrarian, a Hungarian and a Rosarian."
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Vilma, nee Gulyas, Bagi; his wife, Billie Jean, nee Cook, Bagi; his son, David M. Bagi; his daughter, Jeannelle Bagi; his brothers and sisters, John Bagi, Irene Mangi, Velma Shambro, Louie Bagi, Joe Bagi, Charles Bagi, Bill Bagi, Julius Bagi, Ernest Bagi, and infant sister, Rose Bagi.
He is survived by and will be missed by his children, Bill Bagi of Granite City, Ill., Jim (Pam) Bagi of Granite City, Ill., and Phillip (Patricia) Bagi of St. Louis, Mo.; his grandchildren, Brian Bagi, Jerret Bagi, Ashley (Wes) Evans and Katie (Jason) Smitherman; great-grandchildren, Jordan Evans, Jackson Evans, Matthew Smitherman and Audrey Smitherman.
Memorials are suggested to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital or Kemmerer Village, 941 N. 2500 East Road, Assumption, Ill., 62510.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Ill.
Funeral: In celebration of Albert's life, a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, at First Presbyterian Church, 2160 Delmar Ave., Granite City, Ill., with Pastor Jeffery Welch officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, Ill.
IRWIN CHAPEL, Granite City, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Oct. 11, 2016