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John "Janos" Kapas

1928 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
GREENWICH, N.Y., and LOUISA, Va. - John (Janos) Kapas passed away Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at his home, surrounded by his family, following a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease.
John was born July 10, 1928, in Puzstadobos, Hungary, the son of Jozsef and Elizabeth (Vastag) Kanyuszsik. In the early 1950s, the entire family changed their last name to Kapas.
He spent his formative years in Pusztadobos working on the family farm, attending schools in Pusztadobos, Vasarosnameny, Nyiregyhaza and college in Budapest. He graduated with an advanced degree in mathematics. At the university, he met Maria Valorie Kiss, whom he later married. They both worked at the Statistical Nemzeti Hivatala (Bureau of Analysis).
John witnessed firsthand the massacre of innocent Hungarians as he lay among thousands of unarmed citizens wounded and killed by Soviet machine gunfire in the center of the Kossuth Square in front of the Parliament building in Budapest in 1956. He had a harrowing escape from Hungary to Czechoslovakia, then to an Austrian refugee camp and then to a German refugee camp from where he embarked to the United States, arriving at Camp Kilmer, N.J., in December 1956. He was a staunch capitalist and had an extreme dislike of communism.
He worked as a gardener and independent contractor on Long Island. He lost his wife, Maria, in 1960. In 1962, he became an American citizen. He was instrumental in helping bring many members of his family to the United States. In 1965, John purchased Level Acres Farm in (Bald Mountain) Greenwich. He considered Greenwich his home. In 1966, he married Anni I. Blomberg. Together, they raised their family on the dairy farm.
John was proud of his Roman Catholic faith. He loved life. He believed in education and hard work. He loved to read and travel. His greatest love was his wife, Anni, and his family. John also enjoyed building houses. The last house he built was his dream home in Louisa, Va., where he and Anni lived until September 2010.
John was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Maria; and his brother, Jozsef.
Survivors include his three children, Joseph and his wife, Kelly, Lisa Harrington and her husband, Chris, and John and his companion, Janet; a sister, Erzsebet Kapu and husband, Andras; a brother, Mihaly and his companion, Ilona; and nine grandchildren, Joseph, Janos, Eli, Katrina, Christopher, Kari, Kyle, Josh and Lindsay.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, at Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, 80 Main St., Greenwich.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, at St. Joseph's Church in Greenwich, with the Rev. Martin Fisher officiating.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Friends of Washington County Hospice, 415 Lower Main St., Hudson Falls, NY 12839.
The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Tsai and the staff of Greenwich Family Medical, the staff of Washington County Public Health and the staff of Washington County Hospice.
Online remembrances can be made at www.flynnbrosinc.com.
Published in The Saratogian on Aug. 21, 2011
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