Charles Karoly Erdelyi, 83, a long-time resident of Essex passed away at his home in Williston on Wednesday May 5, 2021. He was born in Rakoscsaba, Hungary May 1, 1938, son of the late Karoly and Rozalia (Lanc) Erdelyi.
A refugee from the Hungarian revolution, Charlie came to the U.S. in 1957 and became a naturalized citizen in 1963. He was a very loyal and dedicated family man and kept close relationships with his Hungarian family and friends throughout his lifetime.
As the first college-educated member of his family, he was very proud to study Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and of his multiple Master’s degrees. He had a long and distinguished career at IBM. His ingenuity and creativity led to several patents. He enthusiastically applied his creative engineering skills to household repairs and projects.
He loved music and passed that love on to his children and grandchildren. He could play almost any melody by ear on the violin, enjoyed playing clarinet with the “Little German Band” in Raleigh, NC, and was a long-time member of the choir of the Holy Family Church in Essex Junction, VT. He also enjoyed sailing, travel and fishing in the surf of North Carolina.
Charlie was also predeceased by his loving wife of 43 years Judith Erdelyi and his father-in law and mother-in-law Douglas and Catherine Waugh.
He is survived by his sister Erzsebet “Babu” Bolla (Gabor Bolla); four children: Elizabeth “Lisa” Marcus (John Marcus); Joseph Erdelyi (Lauren Aldrich); Julia Erdelyi (Joe Beliveau); John Erdelyi (Tracy Erdelyi); 10 grandchildren: Sarah Marcus, Dan Marcus, Katie Erdelyi, Alex Erdelyi, Jordan Erdelyi, Marley Pratt, Morgan Erdelyi, Andrew Erdelyi, Averil Beliveau, Aliza Beliveau, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday May 11 from 5–7 p.m. at A W Rich Funeral Home – Essex Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday May 12 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church with Reverend Charles Ranges, S.S.E. officiating. Burial will follow in the family lot in St. Thomas Cemetery, Underhill. Memorial contributions in Charlie’s name may be made to Holy Family Church, 4 Prospect Street, Essex Junction, VT 05452.
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