Robert A. Czako, 88, passed away peacefully at his home in Palm Desert, California on August 28, 2013. Born in Budapest, Hungary to parents Sandor and Roza Czako on April 12, 1925. He married the love his life, Georgetta Edelmann, in May of 1945. In 1956, during the Hungarian Revolution, he escaped from Budapest with his wife Georgetta and son Robert to seek a life of freedom and opportunity for his family. He settled in Los Angeles, where he would call home for the next 44 years. He was an independent thinker and successful businessman, starting his career in the textile industry, he opened a hand weaving company, European Fabrics on Los Angeles St. He later opened his own import/export business in Hollywood, International Merchandise Company. He retired to Palm Desert, California in 2000 to be closer to his family. Known to the family as "Apu", he was so proud to be an American, and if asked where he was from, he would answer "Eastern Texas" in his heavy Hungarian accent. Always the joker, the life of the party, he will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Georgetta, his son Robert G. Czako, M.D. (Carla) of Palm Desert, Calif., grandson Robert R. Czako of Murrieta, Calif., god-daughter Grace Desi Schmidt (Jake) of Studio City, Calif., and sister, Zsuzsi Pasztor (Bandi) of Budapest, Hungary. The family would like to thank the staff of Legend Gardens, Charter Hospice and Caregivers for their support over the last three months. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
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Published in The Desert Sun on Oct. 3, 2013