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Magdaline Szalai

Magdaline Szalai, 83, of Lorain, passed away Thursday, December 23, 2021, at Mercy Health Lorain Hospital following a short illness.

She was born May 27, 1938, in Budapest, Hungary, to the late John Szalai and Johanna “Janka” Neubrand. During the Hungarian Revolution, Magdaline and her mother fled Hungary. Her mother was able to use cigarettes that she earned while working in the tobacco factory to help fund their escape to the United States. Magdaline was part of the first refugees to settle in Lorain in 1956 and she was also the first of the refugees in Lorain to get married. She married Paul Gyeszat in 1957 and together they had seven children. She graduated high school in Budapest and earned an associate degree from Lorain County Community College.

While raising her family, she worked various jobs including teaching at Lorain Head Start. Magdaline then worked for the former Lorain Products for over 20 years. Since then, she worked for the Lorain School System and recently for Constellation School in Lorain until she recently became ill.

She was a member of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Lorain; the American Hungarian Council and she volunteered many hours at Hungarian Reformed Church in Lorain.

She was an avid Browns and Buckeyes fan and enjoyed going to casinos and working on crossword puzzles. She was very big into her family and loved kisses and hugs.
Surviving are her sons, Peter Gyeszat of Lorain, John (Cathy) Gyeszat of Tehachapi, CA, Thomas (Brenda) Gyeszat of LaGrange, and James of Lorain; a daughter, Magdaline “Maggie” Gyeszat (Tony Howell) of Lorain; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Sue Gyeszat of Toledo; and son-in-law Reggie Williams of Lorain.
Besides her parents, she was also preceded in death by her ex-husband, Paul Gyeszat Sr.; her son, Paul Gyeszat Jr.; and daughter, Anna Williams.

Private services for the family will be held. The Dovin Funeral and Cremation Specialists, 2701 Elyria Avenue, Lorain, is handling the arrangements.

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Maggie was someone I looked up to. She was kind and giving. Maggie could always be counted on, always at work greeting everyone with a smile and warm "good morning" . I will miss hearing that . She loved to talk about her family. She was a wonderful person. Prayers to her family.

Laura Moore Dec 31 2021 4:11 PM

Maggie was a special lady and I had the pleasure of working with her at Lorain Community School. She always made sure the students had a little something special for each holiday. She gave the best hugs! I will miss you, Maggie!

Diane Mason Dec 29 2021 5:26 PM

I had the honor of working with Maggie, her daughter Ana and son-in-law Reggie. Maggie you have completed your earthly race may you now rejoice in the loving arms of Jesus

Ruth Cabrera Dec 29 2021 11:46 AM

I worked with Maggie at Lorain products and she was one of the sweetest ladies. She's now an angel with Anna.

Mar Simashkevich Dec 29 2021 10:32 AM

Love and Hugs and healing prayers to the Family.
John and Cyndee Tara

John and Cyndee Dec 29 2021 8:58 AM

Maggie may you be surrounded by angels, You will live in our hearts forever! You honored us with your caring friendship! Love

Rosie Salisbury Dec 29 2021 8:26 AM

May her memory be a blessing to your family. I was honored to call Maggie my friend.
I loved to listen to her stories. She will be truly missed.
Monica Rinella

Monica Rinella Dec 29 2021 6:12 AM