Ilona deBrazay101, Warner-Lambert employee, Hungarian tennis player

By on April 25, 2012

Ilona Toth deBrazay, 101, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2012 in the Health Care Center of Luther Acres. She was born June 6, 1910 in Budapest, Hungary, and was the daughter of the late Kalman and Zsophia Toth.

In 1951, Ilona came to the U.S. as a refugee sponsored by the Presbyterian Church of New York City. A year later, Dr. Lazio deBrazay joined her and they married. In 1956, they moved to Lancaster, where Dr. deBrazay, a chemical engineer and Ilona were employed by the former Warner-Lambert Co. in Lititz. Her husband died in 1951. In 1979, Ilona moved into a cottage at Luther Acres Retirement Community where she resided for 30 years. While living at Luther Acres, she was known for her creativity in making craft items and contributions to the bazaar. Ilona loved playing bridge and pinochle. In her younger years she was an accomplished tennis player in Hungary. She swam weekly at the Ephrata Community Pool until she was 90 years old, and loved attending the Lancaster Symphony concerts. Ilona maintained memberships in the YWCA International Group, the Lititz Woman’s Club, the Garden Club of Lancaster County, the Women’s Association of Professional Engineer’s Club of Lancaster and First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster. Her zest for life kept her going through much adversity before coming to America as well as the years spent in the states. There are no known living relatives.

A memorial service will be held April 26 in the Chapel of the Good Samaritan at Luther Acres at 10 a.m. with The Revs. Randolph T. Riggs and Walter Cleckley officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Lancaster.

Contributions can be made in her memory to the Caring Fund, Luther Care, 600 E. Main St., Lititz, PA 17543.

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