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Stephanie Szabo, who was born in Tschermoschnitz Slovenia in 1933, passed away on November 30, 2023 - at the age of 90. She immigrated to the United States in 1950 along with her mother Josephine and her two sisters Ann and Emile (Millie) to create a new life and establish their branch of the Juran family. She had survived WWII, post-war homelessness, and the long journey to America, all in search of a better tomorrow for her family. She was the very definition of strength, perseverance, and faith and accomplished more in her lifetime than most could imagine.
She married Rudolph (Rudy) Szabo, who also immigrated to the United States in 1951 from Rábafüzes Hungry, on June 9, 1956… and together started the American generation of the Szabo/Juran family. Her four children included Debbie, Steve, Joe, and John. Josephine, Rudy, Steve, Millie, and Ann have since passed away and are with her now in heaven… probably listening to loud polka music and sipping a beer.
Stephanie worked her entire life raising her children and helping with her grandchildren over the years. Early on she did everything from factory work to cleaning and cooking in other people’s homes to create the best possible life for her children. She had a strong faith in God and was an active member of the Catholic church. Stephanie never stopped moving…with most of her spare moments spent planting flowers and taking care of her yard in Brooklyn Ohio. She was a caring daughter, sister, and mother who put others before herself and treated people with kindness and respect. She believed life to be a simple set of choices to do “right or wrong” … she always told us to do the right thing and it would come back to us in the end.
Stephanie’s prize possession was her family… those she dedicated her life to support and cherish. She was extremely proud of her 4 children, 11 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. She was also very proud of her German heritage and enjoyed all the time spent with family and friends at the Gottscheer Club, Sachsenheim, and German Central. She will be missed by all… and fondly remembered by many.
God bless you mom…Ein Prosit!
Calling hours will be from 4pm to 6pm on Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at the Mallchok Funeral Home located at 5660 Ridge Road, Parma OH 44129.
A mass for Stephanie will be held at 12:00pm on Thursday, December 14, 2023 at Saint Thomas More Parish located at 4170 N Amber Drive, Brooklyn, OH 44144. We will begin with prayers at the funeral home at 11:15 a.m.
The burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, located at 14609 Brookpark Rd, Brook Park, OH 44142.