GENEVA — George James Izsanyi, age 89, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the Sanctuary of Geneva.
He was born on the family farm on June 9, 1925, in Glenfield, N.Y., to immigrant parents, Joseph and Julia (Fazekas) Izsanyi. In 1941, he moved to Summit County, Ohio and graduated from Copley High School. In 1943 he was inducted into the U.S. Navy and served over 2 years in Alaska as a WWII Radio Communications Specialist until his honorable discharge in 1946.
In 1950, George moved to Ashtabula where he worked as an Industrial Electrician for R.M.I. at the sodium plant for 37 years before retiring in 1987. On Sept. 11, 1954, he married Lula Mae Leonard in Custer City, Pa. and shared over 49 years of love and happiness together.
He and his wife were longtime members of the Sam Wharram Nature Club of Ashtabula County and he enjoyed anything related to wild bird life, nature and gardening. In addition, George served 12 years on the board of U.S.I. Credit Union including 6 years as the president and was also very active in the O.C.A.W. Local 7-509 for more than 20 years. In his later years, he volunteered for 7 years with Hospice of the Western Reserve.
George is survived by his sister, Irene (Ray) Guenther of Stow, Ohio; nieces, Sandy (Tom) Ballway of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and Ruth Ann (Dave) Barton of Akron, Ohio. He is also survived by many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lula Mae Izsanyi on April 21, 2004; his parents; and a brother, Joe Izsanyi.
Calling Hours will be held from 11 a.m. until time of Service at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24th, at DUCRO FUNERAL HOME, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula. Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery with full Military Honors.
The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the administration and staff at The Sanctuary of Geneva and Hospice of the Western Reserve for their kindness and loving manner in which they cared for George especially in his final days.
Obituary at www.ducro.com and starbeacon.com.