July 6, 1918 - July 6, 2017
Lenke Lydia Vizsolyi was born in Hungary as World War 1 drew to a close.
She grew up in a small, agricultural town named Hejopapi located northeast of Budapest and lived on a large farm on land that had been in the Vizsolyi family for 900 years. That's where she met her future husband, Josef Balogh, when one of her brothers brought the young captain in the Royal Hungarian Air Force home for the weekend. They married in 1943.
In 1944, the Baloghs left their homeland just ahead of the Russian invasion of Hungary. They escaped to Austria, then Germany where they lived for five years waiting for passage to the United States. A Western New York family sponsored the Baloghs, who settled in Hamburg where they lived for almost 31 years before retiring to Port Richey, Fla. in 1980.
Her three children were born in three different countries, including the United States.
Mrs. Balogh died Thursday from complications of a stroke in Tampa, Fla. on her 99th birthday.
She attended high school and college in Hungary.
An avid gardener, Mrs. Balogh maintained her flower garden well into her nineties.
Her husband predeceased her in 2003.
Mrs. Balogh is survived by her son, Arpad, who was born in Hungary; and two daughters, Anna Joslyn born in Germany and Eva, who was born in the United States.