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József Kiss, Freedom Fighter, Achieved American Dream

IN MEMORIAM

 On your feet, Magyar, the homeland calls!
The time is here, now or never!
Shall we be slaves or free?
This is the question, choose your answer!

From the National Poem of Hungary, by Sándor Petöfi

Freedom Fighter József Kiss

Achieved American Dream

József Kiss

ONEONTA – Born at the start of World War II in a small rural settlement in eastern Hungary, József Kiss survived the front lines of German and Russian armies sleeping in an underground bunker at night with his family and neighbors.

Perhaps it is no wonder that he eventually become a Freedom Fighter in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, bravely joining with others in their attempt to establish democracy. The little boy that pointed at planes flying overhead and told his mother he would one day fly to America somehow knew that he was destined to leave his homeland.

Entrepreneur Kathleen Kiss Survived Husband By 5 Days

IN MEMORIAM

Entrepreneur Kathleen Kiss

Survived Husband By 5 Days

Couple Operated 2 Mobile Home Parks
Kathleen Kiss

DAVENPORT – Kathleen Márton Kiss (née Lídia) passed away in her home on Feb. 3, 2021. Her husband of 64 years, József Kiss, survived her by only five days.

Growing up in Socialist Hungary behind the Iron Curtain, Kathleen and her fiancé fled the country as refugees of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. After marrying in Austria, they flew to the United States with help from the Hungarian Reformed Protestant Church and began their new life on a farm in New York State.

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