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Grace E Pinkoczy Parragh
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Birth: Nov. 18, 1918
McKeesport
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Mar. 2, 2013
Verona
Dane County
Wisconsin, USA

Mrs. Parragh was of Hungarian ancestry. She was raised in Dearborn, MI., and graduated from Fordson High School. Both of her parents had come over from Hungary as teens, though they did not know each other yet. She learned the hungarian language first, and then english, along with her seven siblings. Later in her life her fluency in the hungarian language, understanding of it's culture, and her excellent hungarian cooking and baking skills would really come in handy. Not to mention her considerable musical ability and professional training in organ and piano; since she married a man who was a minister in the Hungarian Reformed Church. They were a perfect match.

Her mother, Amalia (Amelia, nee Kiraly) Pinkoczy had been married to a Mr. Kulscar, and had five sons with him. One of the sons died as a child. Amalia was widowed when her youngest son was very young. She remarried, to Zigmund Pinkoczy (his first marriage, I believe). Their family moved to Dearborn, Michigan, presumably to find work.
Her sons moved with the family. Zigmund, (Grace's dad) and most of her brothers, found work at the Ford Motor Company. Zigmund and Amalia had 3 daughters together. Grace was the oldest daughter, then Rose, and then came Olga, who was the youngest of the family. She started studying music at the age of 6, and was very proficient in both piano and organ. She became the organist for her church as a teenager. She graduated from the Detroit Conservatory of Music, and eventually studied at Julliard School of Music in New York. While there, she met her future husband, Desmond. He served as a minister in Hungarian Reformed United Church of Christ churches. She was the choral director and organist in those churches, and also worked outside of the home in a secretarial position. They raised one daughter together, and at the time of her death, she had three married grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren, of whom she was very proud. She was predeceased by her parents, and 7 siblings.

She was also predeceased by her beloved and devoted husband, Desmond, in 2006. They spent the last 25 - 30 years or so of her husband's professional life in the greater Chicago, Illinois area. After his retirement, they moved to Wisconsin, to be near their only child, a daughter, and their grandchildren, who are now grown with children of their own. One of their grandsons also became a protestant minister. They had a very strong and loving marriage. Rest in peace, you have been reunited with your loving husband, may the Lord bless you both. 
 
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 Parents:
  Zigmond Pinkoczy (1890 - 1951)
  Amelia King Pinkoczy (1887 - 1962)
 
 Spouse:
  Desmond Parragh (1913 - 2006)
 
 Siblings:
  Charles Richard Kulscar (1909 - 1991)**
  Louis Kulscar (1910 - 1983)**
  Adolph J. Kulscar (1913 - 1987)**
  David J. Kulscar (1917 - 1990)**
  Grace E Pinkoczy Parragh (1918 - 2013)
  Rose Ethel Pinkoczy Kulberg Pedersen (1919 - 1982)*
  Olga Matilda Pinkoczy Ellis (1925 - 1978)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Forest Hill Cemetery
Madison
Dane County
Wisconsin, USA
 
Created by: Curious
Record added: Mar 05, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 106212747
Grace E <i>Pinkoczy</i> Parragh
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Grace E <i>Pinkoczy</i> Parragh
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Grace E <i>Pinkoczy</i> Parragh
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- Curious
 Added: Mar. 5, 2013
May the angels watch over you, and the Lord bless you.
- Curious
 Added: Mar. 5, 2013
 
 
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