News Death Notice

SZIKLAS, Eva K. 83, of Springfield, died November 16, 2012 in Oakwood Village. She was born September 9, 1929 in Budapest, Hungary to Dezso and Jolan (Kalnay) Posgay. Eva was a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church. Survivors include 4 children and spouses, Eva M. Lazear, Springfield, Joanne G. Parker, Lancaster, CA, James R. (Peggy) Sziklas, Colorado Springs, CO and Susan J. (Gary) Overton, Denver, CO; 21 grandchildren; and 28 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Zeno J. in 2010 and a son, John Z. Sziklas in 1999. Eva was very respected and much loved. Her life was filled with hardships and difficulties that she overcame gracefully and with much faith. As a teen, she escaped from Hungary with her family and very little provisions, and moved to Passau, Germany, where she met her future husband. In 1949, after marrying the man she was to spend over 60 years with, the two of them went to Italy as refugees and started over again as they immigrated to Australia. There they began a family of 5 children, until they moved again in 1958--upon the urging of her husband's family--to America. Always working as a salesperson in retail clothing outlets, Eva's Hungarian accent endeared her to her co-workers. Beautiful, unpretentious, and humble, Eva's life became like a rollercoaster ride as Zeno, her husband, moved from city to city in California. Later she followed him to Colorado, continuing to work and continuing to support him in all his new ventures. In 1994, upon their eldest daughter's insistence, the couple move to Springfield, Ohio to enjoy their remaining years. Surrounded by grandchildren and great grandchildren, she reveled in the joy of family, missing and loving those she had left behind, and becoming close to those new around her. Diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease 17 years ago, Eva began the journey of gradual decline, as she continued to be a part of all her grandchildren's lives--even as she became bound to a wheelchair. Through it all, she was filled with the love of Christ, and attended church regularly every Sunday, as well as on special occasions. Never feeling hopeless or without faith, she was devoted to the Blessed Virgin and prayed to her constantly for the strength to move on despite the hardships she encountered with the disease. Devoted to her family, Eva worried consistently about her own children and, while she was able, she talked with her daughters in California and Colorado on a daily basis, kept in touch with her son in Colorado, and welcomed the daily visits of her eldest daughter in Springfield. No one who came to really know her, could do less than love her. She was a comforter to those around her, who cried and/or seemed to be in pain. She never complained or tried to hurt anyone. She was beloved by all who cared for her, and in her rich Hungarian accent she called those around her "honey," thanking them for every little thing they did for her. Later as she reverted to her native tongue, those who did not speak Hungarian, would ask her to speak English and she would accommodate as best she could under the circumstances. Eva was beautiful, both inside and out, as she struggled with the debilitating effects of Parkinson's. After her husband passed away, Eva began making new friends and doing more and more with others--especially with her great grandchildren, whom she cherished. Unfortunately, the disease took its toll during the last few months, until she was a shell of the person she had once been. Happily in heaven with God, her husband and her son, she is currently enjoying the fruits of her loving, generous and her labored life. She will be missed sorely, by those who came to know her. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in St. Raphael Church with family receiving friends ½ hour prior in the church. Memorial donations may be made to Community Mercy Hospice. Arrangements are being handled by the CONROY FUNERAL HOME.

Published in Springfield News-Sun on Nov. 20, 2012