Frank Pintye WEDDINGTON - After a two year battle with cancer, Frank Pintye passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at home, in the arms of his loving wife Donna. If Frank had lived one more day he would have spent it exactly as he did the days before. His morning would start with sitting at his kitchen window keeping vigil with his dog Reilly to spot squirrels. In the afternoons he would tend his garden, chase squirrels and nap with his dog. Evenings were devoted to making amazing Hungarian recipes and ended with him cursing at the computer in a rousing game of poker. Frank was born March 5, 1940 in Tiszavasv ri, Hungary. He lived to age 73. Frank resided in Weddington with Donna, his wife of 21 years. For the past six months Frank has enjoyed the gift of his eldest son, Frank, Jr. residing in the home. Frank is the son of the late Ferenc Pintye and Margit Hoare Pintye. He had one brother Mischa. Frank lived in Austria, the Dominican Republic, and Germany before emigrating to the US in 1959. Frank played soccer for Germany on the World Cup Team. He moved to New Jersey and eventually made his home in New York where he resided for 32 years. Frank worked as an auto worker at General Motors for 30 years until his retirement. In 1961 he married Anna Hegedus, who died in 1987. The couple had six children: Frank Pintye, Jr. of the home, Michael Pintye of PA, Steve Pintye (who predeceased him), Anna Flynn and her husband Dennis of NY, Elizabeth Wallenda (who predeceased him), and John Pintye and his wife Tammy of FL. He loved his six grandchildren, Steven, Megan, Timothy, Tiffany, Dylan and John, Jr. In 1991 Frank married Donna Graham in NY and the couple moved to NC in 1993. Over the past 21 years they have shared their lives with eight lucky dogs. A celebration of Frank's life will be held at Heritage Funeral Home, 3700 Forest Lawn Drive, Matthews, NC on, April 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm. The family will receive friends at the home following the service. Memorials may be made to the Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC 28078; or Hospice of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, NC 28110.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Apr. 24, 2013