In memory of
FRANK JOSEPH KOVACS
In memory of
FRANK JOSEPH KOVACS
was born on 24 April 1914 and passed away on 27 May 2020 at the age of 106. He was the son of Ferenz (Frank) Kovacs and Juliana Yaeger Kovacs, Hungarians who emigrated to the U.S. in the first decade of the twentieth century, met in Pennsylvania, and settled in Cleveland, Ohio, which was home to a large population of Hungarian immigrants. He was the first of seven children but outlived his three brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his two sons, David Kovacs of Charlottesville, Virginia and his wife Judith, and Dr. Donald J. Kovacs, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania and his wife Karen; by Mark Kovacs and Ellen Kovacs Spangler, son and daughter of David and his wife Judith, and their respective children; by Julia Kovacs and Hannah Kovacs, the two daughters of Donald; by his brother's widow, LaDonna Hoffheins, and by several nieces and nephews, one of whom, Gail Kovacs Stratton, was his caregiver in the last years of his life. Frank received his education in the public schools of Cleveland, getting his high-school diploma in 1932 from East Cleveland Technical High School. In the course of his schooling he developed a keen interest in music, and he played the French horn in the school orchestra. There was no thought of higher education, for which he certainly had an aptitude: his income was needed to help maintain the large family during the Depression. He worked at industrial jobs for a while, then studied accounting in night school and became an accountant and internal auditor for several companies in the Cleveland area. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Second World War. Most of his service was on a training ship in the Chesapeake Bay, where gunners were trained to shoot down Kamikaze pilots before they could complete their suicide missions. But he was also on a ship that took supplies across the Atlantic, landing them in Scotland. He was stationed for a time in California. In the course of the war he met his future wife, Irene Daum, a young woman who was born in Germany but settled with her parents in Kenosha, Wisconsin. They married before the war was over in 1944. After the war they lived in East Cleveland and then in Lyndhurst, which was home for more than sixty years. They were married for more than sixty-six years. The household was one where music was an important activity: Frank played baritone horn and Irene the piano and marimba. An interest in classical music stayed with Frank until the very end of his life and it was one of his gifts to his children. Frank and Irene were devout evangelical Christians and attended Cedar Hill Baptist Church, often twice on Sunday and again on Wednesday evening. Frank attended Nottingham Baptist in his later years. There will be a celebration of Frank's life at a later time. Please sign Tribute Wall at: schultemahonmurphy.com
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In memory of
FRANK JOSEPH KOVACS
was born on 24 April 1914 and passed away on 27 May 2020 at the age of 106. He was the son of Ferenz (Frank) Kovacs and Juliana Yaeger Kovacs, Hungarians who emigrated to the U.S. in the first decade of the twentieth century, met in Pennsylvania, and settled in Cleveland, Ohio, which was home to a large population of Hungarian immigrants. He was the first of seven children but outlived his three brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his two sons, David Kovacs of Charlottesville, Virginia and his wife Judith, and Dr. Donald J. Kovacs, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania and his wife Karen; by Mark Kovacs and Ellen Kovacs Spangler, son and daughter of David and his wife Judith, and their respective children; by Julia Kovacs and Hannah Kovacs, the two daughters of Donald; by his brother's widow, LaDonna Hoffheins, and by several nieces and nephews, one of whom, Gail Kovacs Stratton, was his caregiver in the last years of his life. Frank received his education in the public schools of Cleveland, getting his high-school diploma in 1932 from East Cleveland Technical High School. In the course of his schooling he developed a keen interest in music, and he played the French horn in the school orchestra. There was no thought of higher education, for which he certainly had an aptitude: his income was needed to help maintain the large family during the Depression. He worked at industrial jobs for a while, then studied accounting in night school and became an accountant and internal auditor for several companies in the Cleveland area. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Second World War. Most of his service was on a training ship in the Chesapeake Bay, where gunners were trained to shoot down Kamikaze pilots before they could complete their suicide missions. But he was also on a ship that took supplies across the Atlantic, landing them in Scotland. He was stationed for a time in California. In the course of the war he met his future wife, Irene Daum, a young woman who was born in Germany but settled with her parents in Kenosha, Wisconsin. They married before the war was over in 1944. After the war they lived in East Cleveland and then in Lyndhurst, which was home for more than sixty years. They were married for more than sixty-six years. The household was one where music was an important activity: Frank played baritone horn and Irene the piano and marimba. An interest in classical music stayed with Frank until the very end of his life and it was one of his gifts to his children. Frank and Irene were devout evangelical Christians and attended Cedar Hill Baptist Church, often twice on Sunday and again on Wednesday evening. Frank attended Nottingham Baptist in his later years. There will be a celebration of Frank's life at a later time. Please sign Tribute Wall at: schultemahonmurphy.com
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