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Irene "Ici" Kovacs Fekete
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Birth: May 6, 1924, Hungary
Death: Apr. 30, 2009
Virginia, USA

Irene "Ici" Kovacs, went to be with Christ on Thursday morning, April 30, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Fekete; her parents, Josef and Margit Kovacs; and her four brothers, Josef Kovacs Jr. of Budapest, Gygozso Kovacs of Budapest, Andras Kovacs of Budapest and Ferko Kovacs of Cleveland, Ohio. Ici is survived by her sister, Kato of Budapest. Born in Szeged, Hungary, Ici, "pronounced Itsy," was the youngest of six children. Her father, Josef, was Postmaster General of Hungary following WWI and provided for her an excellent education at St. Margit's in Budapest. The love of her life was Joseph "Joe" whom Ici married just in time to pull her out of Budapest as the Russians invaded and kept the city under siege. Ici and Joe underwent many trials during WWII, eventually ending up in an American displaced persons camp in Germany. Three of her children were born during their stay in Germany which lasted for three years until an American-Hungarian couple in Richmond offered sponsorship for Ici and Joe to immigrate to the United States. Eventually completing their family with five more children and bringing her parents to live with them, Ici and Joe were the picture of the great American dream, complete with a lively household and thriving family business. Ici poured her love and attention into home and family while Joe built a garment manufacturing business that employed hundreds of workers in the Richmond, Va. and High Point, N.C. areas. Ici's legacy will be her love and the enduring strength of family. Ici's immediate family includes her eight children, Dr. Judith McGhee of Midlothian, Marjorie Howard of Foxboro, Mass., Joseph Fekete Jr. of Richmond, Marienne Johnson LPN of Front Royal, Andrew Fekete of Chapel Hill, N.C., Michael Fekete of Washington D.C., Dr. Edith Butler of Charlotte, N.C. and Kathleen Hinkle of Matthews, N.C.; 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her remains rest Bliley's-Chippenham, 6900 Hull Street Rd., where the family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m Thursday, May 7. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 6006 Three Chopt Rd., Richmond, Va., on Friday, May 8 at 2 p.m. Interment Mt. Calvary Cemetery. There will be a reception following the Mass and burial at the home of Dr. Judith McGhee. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Doolittle Home, 16 Bird St., Foxboro, Mass. 02035. We will miss Ici (or Irene, Mama or Nagymama). Any woman who managed to travel all the way from Europe, learn two new languages and cultures, raise eight kids and stay married for 50 years, has a remarkable story to share with others in Heaven. See more information about Ici at
Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 5/3/2009 - 5/6/2009
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  Joseph Fekete (1919 - 1994)
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Richmond City
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 6A
GPS (lat/lon): 37.53806, -77.4657
Created by: Robert Munson
Record added: May 03, 2009
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Irene Ici <i>Kovacs</i> Fekete
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Irene Ici <i>Kovacs</i> Fekete
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