Imre Andrew Bertalan obituary

Imre Andrew Bertalan Obituary

birmingham, New Jersey, United States

October 04, 1949 - August 29, 2017

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Imre Andrew Bertalan obituary

Imre Andrew Bertalan Obituary

Oct 04, 1949 - Aug 29, 2017

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The Reverend Imre Andrew BertalanAGE: 67 • Ligonier, PAThe Reverend Imre Andrew Bertalan, 67, passed away while surrounded by loved ones on August 29, 2017 at Latrobe Hospital in Latrobe, Pennsylvania after a brief illness. At the time of his death, he was the Executive Director of Bethlen Communities in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.Rev. Bertalan was born on October 4, 1949 in New Brunswick, N.J. to Margaret Kosa Bertalan and Reverend Dr. Imre G. Bertalan. Imre grew up in Passaic and New Brunswick, NJ, where his parents and maternal grandparents, Margaret Blum Kosa and Rev. Andrew Kosa served Hungarian-American church congregations. He graduated from New Brunswick High School in 1967 (go Zebras!). After high school, Imre attended his beloved Rutgers University for his BA and received his Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1977. Throughout his life, Imre was deeply dedicated to the American-Hungarian community. He served as a community organizer in the historically Hungarian Birmingham neighborhood in Toledo, OH and was a leading figure in the American-Hungarian communities in NJ and PA. A devoted pastor, Imre served Hungarian Reformed congregations in Toledo, OH, Allen Park, MI, and Beaver Falls, PA. In 1999 he accepted the role of Executive Director at Bethlen Communities in Ligonier, PA where he joyfully and faithfully served until the time of his death. Imre is survived by his wife Magdalene and his children Sára (Jeff), Magdi (Jose), Juli (Dylan), Gitti (Brian), and Imre. Survivors also include his sisters, Lillian Bertalan (Dr. Michael De Petrillo) and M. Sarah Bertalan, and five grandchildren, Vince, Alma, János, Jaxson, and Mateo. Imre was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret Kosa Bertalan and the Rev. Imre G. Bertalan. Imre touched many lives with his gentle and encouraging demeanor. He will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know him. Those who sought his counsel in times of stress or trouble will always remember the comfort of hearing him say, "Everything will be alright." A Memorial Service will be held at Magyar Reformed Church in New Brunswick, NJ on October 21, 2017 at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers the church requests memorial donations be made to Magyar Reformed Church, and it will be deposited to the church's Kosa Scholarship Fund.Local arrangements are under the direction of the Gowen Funeral Home, 239 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.
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