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Terez Deak, 80, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at Laurel Ridge Health Care Center in Ridgefield, CT surrounded by flowers and music and the love of her children. Terez was born in Szombathely, Hungary on February 26, 1932 to the late Laszlo and Julia (Pesthy) Tolnai, and was the wife of the late Steven Deak.
She possessed a beautiful singing voice and had studied professional opera in Budapest, Hungary. A determined and brave young woman, her courageous participation in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 climaxed with her being the leader of a group which included her husband and several friends to escape the Communist occupied Hungary to start a new life in America. Without friends, family or even the knowledge of the English language, Terez was determined to start a new life in the United States in order to live a life of freedom. She was known as a generous person to many and as a very talented baker of Hungarian pastries and maintained her cultural ties, like so many of her friends, to her native country. Terez was a member of the choir at Saint Ladislaus Church as well as occasional organist and of her local chapter of the Columbiettes.
She is survived by her daughter Judy Delvecchio of Monroe, CT and her sons John Deak of Atlanta, GA and Zoltan Deak of Norwalk, CT. In addition, she is survived by her three granddaughters Christine, Kelly and Katy who she loved dearly. Lastly, she is survived by her two sisters in Szombathely, Hungary, Pani and Joli.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, Sept 19 at St. Ladislaus Church, 25 Cliff St, Norwalk. Other services will be held privately. Memorial donations may be made to Saint Ladislaus Church. To sign an online guestbook, please go to www.magnerfuneralhome.com
Published in The Hour on Sept. 17, 2012