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Tibor Olah

October 14, 1920 - October 22, 2011

Gathering:

5-7:00 PM, Tuesday, October 25, Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Prayer Service:

7:00 PM, Tuesday, October 25, Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

11:00 AM, Wednesday, October 26, Messiah Lutheran Church, Fargo.

Burial:

Riverside Cemetery, Fargo.

Arrangements:

Boulger Funeral Home.

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Tibor Olah

October 14, 1920 - October 22, 2011

Obituary

Tibor Olah, 91, of Fargo, died on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at Rosewood on Broadway.

Tibor was born in Budapest, Hungary, on, October 14, 1920 to Ignacz and Eszter (Tonkol) Olah. He grew up in Budapest; he attended an all boy’s school and graduated from high school in 1938. During this time he was active as an altar boy in the Catholic Church, and loved gymnastics and playing soccer. He became a professional soccer player at the age of 16.  He then served in the Hungarian Army for 4 years in the Special Forces Units. He attended a Styling Academy for ‘made to measure and alteration of men’s clothing’ in Munich Germany.

 Tibor worked as a tailor in Budapest, and married Margaret “Mara” Mikle on September 19, 1948, in Budapest and they had their child Agnes. In 1957, because of the communist rule, he and his family including his mother, brother, and friend escaped from Hungary to Canada. The family lived in Winnipeg for 8 years as Tibor worked as a tailor. In 1964 the family moved to Fargo where he worked as a Master Tailor at Straus Company for 38 years. He became a United States Citizen in 1971. Mara passed away on January 14, 1973.

 On June 2, 1979 Tibor married Junielle (Velo) Peterson in Fargo. Tibor retired from Straus Company in 2002. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and his yard work. He was a member of Elks, Sertoma Club, Mason’s, El Zagal Shriners and Mobil Nobles, where he was vice President in 1987 being chairperson for the “Famous” Spaghetti Dinner and President in 1988. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and was active in the Men’s Prayer Group Meetings, enjoyed being a greeter, usher, helping with activities of the Emergency Food Pantry, with the vegetable garden, through the Social Ministry, and cutting blocks for the quilters for their quilts. He and Junielle enjoyed traveling to Hungary, Norway and on several cruises with friends.

He is survived by his wife Junielle Olah of Fargo; daughter Agnes Olah of Salina, KS; brother Julius(Marta) Olah of Winnipeg, MB; two nephews: George (Colleen), and  Robert; and a niece Andrea (Bruce) Armstrong, all of Canada. Also five step children: Stewart Peterson, Kim (Jane) Peterson, Terrance (Rebecca) Peterson, Lynelle Peterson, and Marc (Janna) Peterson; 8 step grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and wife Mara Olah.

An expression of thank you and love goes to the wonderful staff at Rosewood on Broadway and Hospice for the loving care and kindness given to Tibor and his family.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Messiah Lutheran Church, Hospice of the Red River Valley, or charity of your choice.

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