Margaret Benedek, 86, of Mechanicsburg, PA and formerly Richboro, PA, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2019 at Messiah Lifeways Rehabilitation Center. Born Margit Kozar in Szentgotthard, Hungary, on November 11, 1932, she witnessed the economic and social upheavals of World War II and the resulting Soviet occupation of her beloved country. As a result of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, she was forced to flee on foot to Austria and then emigrated to the United States where she gratefully registered as a Republican "because President Eisenhower let me into America." In addition to her parents, Anna and Janos Kozar, she was preceded in death by her parents, all six siblings, and her husband of 40 years, Balazs (“Bob”) Benedek. Her stunning clear blue eyes hinted at a steel will and a desire to work hard irrespective of whether sewing plastic slip covers or tending to her flower and vegetable gardens. While her time on earth had its difficulties including being wheel-chair bound since 2011, she was a life-long Roman Catholic and found strength in daily prayer. Until eight days prior to her passing, Margaret lived at home with her family and their much-loved dog, Mitzi.
Margaret is survived by her only child, Zsuzsanna (“Sue”) Benedek, her son-in-law, Richard Johnston, and two grandchildren, Ben and Lily Johnston, who she fiercely adored and who remained her compelling reasons. A private viewing was held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA, followed by a graveside service at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 3301 W. Cheltenham Ave, Wyncote, PA. In addition, on August 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., there was a memorial mass with a luncheon to follow at Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 1 Peters Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA, 17050. In lieu of donations or cut flowers, please plant a garden – no matter how small – and share its yield with those you know and love.