Peacefully passed at Sibley's Grand Oaks Assisted Living facility, Sunday, Christ the King, November 25, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband, Navy Commander, John N. Horan. She leaves to cherish her memory, niece, Natalie Yambrusic of Washington, DC; sister, Maria Nemeseri of Budapest, Hungary; and nephew, H.E. Judge Boris Filemon of Brno, Czech Republic. Born in Munkacs, present day Ukraine, on December 27, 1923, she studied in Budapest and Prague. After WWII, by stroke of luck, she escaped the Iron Curtain and came to Paris, France as a foreign student at Sorbonne University. In 1949 she came to the United States and lived an active life in Washington, DC for over 60 years. She was a member of a number of prominent associations - DACOR, AAFSW, Middle East Institute, Slovak American Association - and participated in the activities of the Hungarian American Community of the Washington Metropolitan Area, among others, lobbying in Congress for the rights of Hungarians in Transylvania, Romania. She began her professional carrier as a research-analyst at the Library of Congress. Later, she worked as a teacher of foreign languages at Foreign Service Institute, the ICLS, and In-Lingua where she received "Teacher of the Year" Award. Memorial Service will be held at St. Matthew's Cathedral, 1725 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W., on December 11, 2012 at 10 a.m., followed by a "Reception at her Honor" at Army-Navy Club at Farragut Square. Inurnment Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Washington Retreat House, 4000 Harewood Rd. N.E., Washington, DC 20017.