John Zoltai, 96, husband, father, grandfather and friend to all that knew him, passed from natural causes on June 28, 2013 at Sombrillo Nursing Home in Los Alamos. He was preceded in death by his wife Jeanne and is survived by his son John; daughter-in-law Rachael; and grandsons Lucas and Ian Zoltai.
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Born in Hungary in 1917, John came to the United States after World War II and made a life in his adopted country, eventually becoming a naturalized citizen. Although he was originally trained as a mechanical engineer, he found his true calling in furniture design and wood carving.
He had an eye for beauty and the integrity to be true to his vision. The more he carved, the more he learned - and in the process made a name for himself as an artist and creator of beautiful works of art. As the owner of John Zoltai Studio, he produced Gothic and Spanish Colonial furniture, as well as sculptures of the human head and figure.
John left very specific instructions for his death, including a request for no public service or memorial. Close family will scatter his ashes at a designated location. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be
Published in Los Alamos Monitor from July 7 to July 8, 2013