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Walter von Schrenck-Szill

1914-2013 Walter von Schrenck-Szill, of Pleasant Place, Williamstown, MA, passed away in to the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. He was born in Vienna, Austria on November 3, 1914 and raised in Budapest, Hungary. After obtaining his law degree, he worked as an international trade specialist in the Royal Hungarian Foreign Trade Office and served his country as an army artillery officer in World War II, which led to his internment in a Soviet POW camp in Siberia for three years. After his release, Walter fled Budapest for Vienna where he served as an advisor in the development and implementation of the Marshall Plan. Walter immigrated to the United States in 1954. He initially lived in New York City where he owned a photo agency, Keystone Press. There he met and married his beloved wife, Marion Loebenberg with whom he retired to Williamstown in 1978, along with his dear mother, Margarethe. He was proud of having pressured Hungary's then-Communist government in 1956 into allowing his elderly, politically-persecuted mother to emigrate from Hungary to America. She spent the final years of her life in the loving care of Walter and Marion. Walter was preceded in death by his parents, father Eduard Szill, Colonel in the Royal Hungarian Army, mother Baroness Margarethe von Schrenck-Szill, and his wife Marion Loebenberg. Walter leaves behind the brother whom he loved dearly, Gerald de Schrenck Sill in Houston,Texas; his niece Susan Gramatges and husband Daniel, their daughter Monica Johnson and husband Matt and their son Daniel Beckett Johnson; their son Charles Edward Schrenck Gramatges and wife Shannon and their son Robert Reid Gramatges; his niece Gabrielle Killough and husband Michael and their son Michael Anthony Schrenck Killough, and Michael's brother, Patrick Killough. Walter also had numerous good friends in Williamstown who will dearly miss him. In particular, his family wishes to thank Pat Phillips and Dinny Versenyi, both dear and loyal friends whose presence and support were so invaluable, especially during the last difficult days of his life. Walter was an exceptional, kind-hearted man who always stood by his principles and integrity. He will be remembered for his love of nature, books, genealogy, and his encyclopedic knowledge of European history, politics and world affairs. Though he was devoted to his Hungarian roots, he had a long abiding love for his home in the Berkshires. Above all he dearly loved his deceased wife, Marion, his only brother, Jerry, and his extended family. We will all miss him more than words can express and will fondly remember his favorite saying: "Sleep well and wake up with a smile in the morning." Walter is now smiling on all of us. May he rest in peace with God and those he loved. Amen. FUNERAL NOTICE: Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from 6:30 to 7:30 PM on Monday, November 4th at Flynn & Dagnoli Funeral Home, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA 01247 with a rosary commencing at 7:00 PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 5th at 10:00 AM at St.Patrick's Catholic Church, Southworth St.in Williamstown, MA with Father Cyr, celebrant. Rite of Committal will follow at Westlawn Cemetery, Williamstown. For further information, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to The Boy Scouts of Hungary, Veteran Organization in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, St. Patrick/Raphael Church or to St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, North Adams, MA.


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 31, 2013
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