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Zoltan Remeny


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Zoltan Remeny Obituary
December 30, 1917 - December 29, 2017 Zoltan Remeny was born December 30, 1917 in Vasarosnamany, Hungary, and passed away December 29th, 2017 in Los Angeles; his 100th birthday on a Vasarosnamany calendar. Zoltan was both a mentor and inspiration in the lives of innumerable people. He lived life to the fullest and knew of where its true importance lay: Family, friends and then everything else. Zoltan was raised in Hungary, alongside eight brothers and sisters, the children of shoe cobblers. By his father's side, Zoltan was passed the skills of the family trade. At the dawn of World War II, he was conscripted into the Hungarian army and sent to the Russian front. With supply lines thin, his unit was captured and Zoltan spent 5 1/2 years in a Russian prisoner of war camp. Under commandment orders, he formed a shoe factory within the camp, resulting in a clandestine black market business for shoes and boots during the war. After the end of the war, in 1948, Zoltan was released from prison. He returned to Hungary, only to find that 5 of his brothers and sisters and both of his parents had perished in the Holocaust. He soon met the love of his life, Eva, and they married after three weeks of courtship, living a life of love and care together for almost 70 years. In 1956, spending the better part of the decade under communist rule, the Hungarian Revolution broke out. Zoltan and Eva took their only son, John, and escaped in the middle of the night with nothing but the shirts on their backs. Being placed in America by the International Refugee Organization they landed in Florida, where Zoltan's one of two surviving brother's lived. He soon found that Los Angeles had a shoe industry and made his way there to find work. In 1971, at 54 years of age and with a lifetime of hard work, Zoltan founded Remy Leather. With Zoltan's love of fashion and his persistence, Remy grew to become an internationally recognized brand of men's and women's leather and cloth jackets. In 1977, Zoltan was awarded Designer of the Year by the International Leather Industry and Remy is now in its 47th year of success. It is currently being run by his grandson, Justin, and his granddaughter, Nicole, is the head designer. Zoltan's spirit of life and generosity to those in need was always an inspiration to his countless friends. He brightened a room just by his presence and knew that a smile will get you more than anything else. He will be dearly missed by all, but in particular by his wife, Eva; son, John; daughter-in-law, Renee; grandchildren, Justin and Nicole; their spouses, Samantha and Jesse; great-grandchildren, Nathan, Judah, Max and Bodhi. Funeral services will be held at Hillside Memorial Park on Wednesday, January 3rd at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the ASPCA, care of Kathy Taggares, 1065 E. Walnut St., Carson, CA 90746.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 2 to Jan. 3, 2018
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