Age: 82 Address: Burnsville, North Carolina Date of Death: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 Arrangements: Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home
Details: Sir Knight Endre Gonczy of Electra Lane, Burnsville, NC passed over on December 31, 2013 at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC.
Born and educated in Budapest, Hungary, he was forced under communism to serve in the Hungary Special Forces Army, he was a known and registered “Hungarian Freedom Fighter”, who worked in the formation and fought in the October, 1956 Hungarian Revolution. He was Knighted in 2000, by the Free Nation of Hungary for his unfaltering and faithful efforts to free the country from under the yoke of communism. Endre became a Naturalized and extremely Patriotic American Citizen in July, 1962.
He was the owner operator of various auto garages and repair shops, as well as, Endre’s Rolling Repairs.
He was a member of Mystic Tie Lodge No. 237, A.F. & A.M., Marion, NC, Past Master in New Jersey and New Hampshire, a member of Spruce Pine Chapter No. 27, Order of Eastern Star, Burnsville, NC and was also a Past Patron in New Hampshire and North Carolina. Endre was a member of Arrowhead Court No. 23, Order of the Amaranth, Marion, NC and was a Past Royal Patron, Past Grand Royal Patron and a Deputy Supreme Royal Patron, of the Supreme Council, Inc.
He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Roberta Smith Gonczy, of the home; sister-in-law, Julie Ann Pataky and husband, Duane Spock of Monroe Township, New Jersey; nieces: Helena Sabo of South Amboy, NJ, Alicia James and husband, Francis of Carteret, NJ, Charlene Graham and husband, Thomas of Jamesburg, NJ; nephew, Arthur S. Pataky, II, of Freehold NJ; great nephews: Matthew and Andrew Sabo, Francis Endre James and John Declan Graham; great nieces: Eliza and Maizie James, all of NJ; as well as, members of the Masonic Fraternal Family, including Eastern Star and Amaranth.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to North Carolina Diabetes Research Foundation, c/o Allen Spain, 5175 Edgebaston Drive, Kernersville, NC 27284-7881, The Yancey County Humane Society, P. O. Box 1016, Burnsville, NC 28714-1016 or to a charity close to your heart.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 PM Saturday, May 3, 2014 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Pastor Robert G. Simes will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.