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Sandor "Alex" Csizmadia, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2023, in Middleton, MA. Born on January 22, 1929, in Noszlop, Hungary, Alex lived a rich and full life that was characterized by his handy skills, loving nature, and interesting life stories.
Alex's life was marked by courage and determination from a young age. In 1956, during the Hungarian Revolution, he escaped his homeland with two of his closest friends by sailing on the bottom floor of a navy ship bound for New York. Arriving on January 1, 1957, he began a new chapter in the land of opportunities, ultimately settling in Middleton, MA. He built his family home in 1964, which is a testament to his skill and craftsmanship. In 1967, he returned to Hungary where he met and married Yolanda Gulyas, the love of his life.
His work ethic and resilience shone through as he spent over four decades as a meat cutter, the majority of that time at First National Supermarkets (Finast). Even after retiring in 1993, Alex continued to channel his energy into various fields, including masonry and handyman work.
His industrious nature was balanced by a love for leisurely pursuits. Alex was an avid gardener and a superb cook, often delighting his family with his traditional Hungarian cuisine. He enjoyed playing cards with his wife and close friends and was a regular fixture at the Middleton Congregational Church, where he was an active member for over 50 years. Alex's handy skills were invaluable, both inside and outside the church. He committed many years to working in the church's booth at the Topsfield Fair.
His interests were as diverse as they were engaging. As a man of many talents, Alex was always busy fixing things and tinkering. He had a standing date with his "girlfriend" Vanna White on Wheel of Fortune every evening at 7:00. His downtime was filled with word searches and reading, and for entertainment, he loved to dance. Alex's love for travel took him and his family to many fabulous destinations, including the Grand Canyon, Pearl Harbor, Niagara Falls, Chichen Itza, tropical destinations, and various countries in Europe.
Alex was a man deeply connected to his roots. He made sure to visit his extended family every few years, ensuring that his wife and children were always part of their family in Hungary. His love for his family was evident in everything he did.
Alex is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Yolanda (Gulyas), and his sons, Alex Jr. of Middleton, Thomas & wife Carrie of Methuen. He was a proud grandfather to Juliana and Desmond, who will miss his warm presence and fascinating stories. Alex's life was a testament to his strength, love, and zest for life. His legacy will live on in the hearts of all who knew him.
Alex is preceded in death by his parents Csizmadia Sandor and Maria Jozsa and his brother Csizmadia Erno. He is also survived by his sister Biro Piroska.
In remembering Alex, we celebrate a life well lived, a journey marked by courage, resilience, love, and joy. He was a beacon of strength to his family, a pillar of his community, and an inspiration to all who knew him. His life story is a testament to the power of determination, the strength of love, and the joy of embracing life's varied interests. Sandor "Alex" Csizmadia will be deeply missed, but his spirit will continue to inspire and guide us.
Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours on Thursday Oct. 19 from 10:00 am to 12:45 pm at Mackey Funeral Home, 128 S. Main St. RT 114 Middleton, MA 01949. His Funeral Service will follow the visiting hours at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery Middleton.