NORWALK, Conn. Terez Deak of Norwalk died Sept. 16 at Laurel Ridge Health Care Center in Ridgefield, surrounded by her children. She was 80.
Deak was born Feb. 26, 1932, in Szombathely, Hungary, to Laszlo and Julia Pesthy Tolnai. She was married to Steven Deak, who predeceased her. She studied professional opera in Budapest, Hungary.
She took part in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, helping a group of people, including her husband and several friends, to escape Communist-occupied Hungary and start a new life in America.
Without friends or family in the U.S. or even knowledge of the English language, she was determined to start a new life, her family said. She baked many Hungarian pastries and maintained her cultural ties to her native country.
Deak was a member of the choir at St. Ladislaus Church and an occasional organist at her local chapter of the Columbiettes.
She is survived by a daughter, Judy Delvecchio, of Monroe; two sons, John Deak, of Atlanta, and Zoltan Deak, of Norwalk; two sisters Pani and Joli, of Szombathely, Hungary; and three granddaughters.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ladislaus Church in Norwalk. Other services will be held privately. Magner Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Ladislaus Church.
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