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Mrs. Ibolya Csontos

Jul 20, 1948 - Dec 29, 2021 (Age 73)

Encino, California


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Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Obituary

Ibolya "Ibi" Csontos (né Toth), 73, born on July 20, 1948, in Debrecen, Hungary, passed away December 29, 2021 at her home in Encino, CA after a long valiant battle with uterine cancer.

Born to a former first lieutenant, and war hero in the Hungarian Royal army, and the daughter of a confectioner, she was the oldest of four sisters. Because of their father's high rank and loyalty to the former Hungarian empire, the family endured much suffering and hardship under the communist regime.

While in Hungary, she completed a degree in medical technology. On a chance visit to see her three aunts who were living in Detroit, Michigan, she met Lajos Csontos, and after three months of dating, got married on December 23, 1972. After living in Michigan for 13 years, Ibi, Lajos, and their son Louis, moved to Los Angeles, California.

Because the state of California did not accept her Hungarian degree, Ibi had to go back to school, reacquiring a degree in medical technology while working full time and raising their son Louis. She graduated a second time from Cal State University Northridge. She worked as a lab tech for almost 25 years.

Ibi was a master cook, baker, and hostess. Her Hungarian dishes and pastries were worthy of fame, and the dinners she hosted for friends and family are legendary. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed gardening, travel, and art.

She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Lajos, their son Louis, and granddaughter Cali.


A memorial ceremony will take place at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068 at the Old North Church on Wednesday 01/19/2022 @ 5pm (PST).

A live webcast of the memorial service is also available for those unable to attend:

If you wish to send flowers please tell the florist to send them to Forest Lawn, and provide them with the date, location, and Mrs. Csontos' name.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to either City of Hope or American Cancer Society in her memoriam.
• City of Hope : https://bit.ly/3n3LcSo
• American Cancer Society : https://bit.ly/3f49RBG


We welcome you to sign the guest page, and share a fond memory.

If you have any questions please call or email Louis at (818)-219-4597, or [email protected]

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Dear Family , Thinking of you and wishing you moment of peace and comfort. What an amazing person and what a remarkable life she had. I feel so lucky that I got to know her. Keep her in my heart forever. Agnes

Dear Family,
Words cannot express my sadness.
Ibi is an exceptionally special friend, she will be never forgotten, but remain in our hearts forever. May the comfort of God help you through this difficult time.
With heartfelt sympathy.


To The Csontos Family, My deepest condolences - you are in my thoughts.

I will never forget the memorable moments we shared. Whenever we visited you, the wire and food were always served. The delicious pastries were always on the Lab’s lunchroom table during the holidays.
You were such a hard worker at your job. You fulfilled your duty well and always helped others at work. We miss you.
I really enjoyed our friendship. I still remember those conversations we had on different topics: family, grandchildren, the “battle “against sickness.
I admired...

Ibi worked so hard throughout her life, at her job, on her house projects & gardening, raising a son, cooking meals. An amazing and generous dinner host, and eating at their house was always a unique culinary experience. I even brought a friend (who they had never met, but she graciously welcomed) to a dinner party because I wanted others to experience it as well. My son still brings up the time the freeway was unexpectedly closed, but my mom used Ibi's house as a pit stop, and of...

Louis, although I never met your mother, I’ve tasted her amazing desserts and I know what a loving mother to you and grandmother to Cali she was. You and your family are in my thoughts.

Summer 2021

We miss you, Ibi. May you Rest In Peace for eternity. We will cherish all the memorable moments we shared together.

We will never forget the memories of us sharing a meal together when you came to visit us, the delicious pastries you would make for the holidays and your gracious and kind presence everytime we come over to your home. Thank you for the memories Ibi! ❤ Grateful to have met you. May you rest in eternal paradise.

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