Obituary of Miklos Paul Somogyi
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Miklos Somogyi on January 5th, 2024. He lived to the age of 83 and will be missed dearly.
Miklos was born in Gyor, Hungary, to Dr. Paul and Maria Somogyi. Miklos and his family fled to Vancouver, Canada in 1956 during the height the of Hungarian Revolution. After spending three years in Vancouver, Miklos and his family successfully immigrated to the United States with Seattle, Washington serving as their port of entry. He referred to that day as one of the happiest days of his life. They settled in Astoria, Queens NY.
Later, Miklos went on to meet the love of his life, Katalin Gorgey, at the International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. She quickly stole his heart, and the pair were married in July of 1967. They moved out to Denville, NJ in 1968 where they raised their two sons and were blessed with many grandchildren and a loving great grandson.
Miklos earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from New York University and went on to a successful, professional career at Bell Labs, AT&T and Lucent Technologies. Miklos was a very active and social person in his community. He was a soccer coach and served on the Board of Denville Hub Soccer for many years. He was also an avid supporter of Denville Blue Knights Hockey. Miklos was a long-time member of the Indian Lake Community. He played on the volleyball team, enjoyed playing tennis and enjoyed attending and supporting the many different swimming, diving, softball and volleyball events. He truly loved the ILCC community and the people that make Indian Lake such a special place.
Miklos had an unforgettable personality. He could be described as stubborn, but those who knew him well knew that Miklos was vocal and passionate in his beliefs. He was known to state his opinions on controversial topics that would spark endless debates and would ultimately end with him explaining all the ways you were wrong. But that’s what made him Miklos; an honest, vocal, unapologetic pragmatist that loved his family. He was truly a one- of-a-kind man and became a legend in his community with the relationships and memories he made along the way.
And though it brings us grief to part with such an incredible man, we take
comfort in knowing that he is at peace, reunited with those who came before him; his beloved wife, Katalin Somogyi, and his parents, Dr. Paul and Maria Somogyi. It is now that we look to those he leaves behind to carry on his unforgettable memory. Miklos’ survivors include his sons, Peter Somogyi and his wife Tracy, Michael Somogyi and his wife April, his grandchildren, Devyn Kipp (Tanner), Kyle Somogyi, Dana Somogyi, Madison Somogyi, Molly Somogyi, his great-grandchild, Colton Kipp, his siblings, Maria Koller, Dr. Balazs Somogyi (Csilla), as well as a wealth of friends and neighbors that will all remember him fondly.
If you would like to contribute to Miklos’ memory yourself, please consider making a charitable contribution to Morristown Medical Center; the hospital that took great care of Miklos during his final days with us. Donations can be made via Inmemof.org.
A Memorial Visitation for Miklos is scheduled for Sunday, January 14th from 1 to 5 PM at Norman Dean Home for Services. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, January 15th at 10:30 AM, with the public welcome to arrive beginning at 10 AM at Norman Dean Home for Services. A graveside service will follow immediately after at Denville Cemetery. Please share a memory, leave a condolence, or light a candle to continue to let Miklos’ light shine.