LOUIS CHARLES MIHALY
Lou Mihaly, 89, passed away on April 24, 2019 at Sunrise Senior Living Center in Findlay, Ohio. He was born in the Hungarian neighborhood of Delray, Michigan (metro Detroit) to John and Theresa (Kovacs) Mihaly on October 30, 1929 at the beginning of the Great Depression.
Lou attended Holy Redeemer High School and was a proud Chemical Engineering graduate of the University of Detroit in 1952. He met Georgiann "Pinkie" Reeber during this time and a loving partnership of over 65 years began. They were married on August 1, 1953 and it has been rare to hear Lou's name unless it was followed by Pinkie's ever since.
A life of enduring faith and family began as the couple pursued Lou's career in the newly growing petroleum business at Martinez, California; Texas City and Houston, Texas; Geneva, Switzerland; with stopovers back in Michigan; before finally settling in the Findlay area in 1970. Lou and Pinkie were members of the St. Michael Catholic Parish, and did much to enhance life in their adopted community of almost 50 years. He retired from the Marathon Oil Company in 1986, as his grandparent duties were just getting started, and spent much of his time over the next 30 years in the service of others. He enjoyed annual ski trips out west and memberships to flying clubs for private airplane owners, among other stimulating activities.
Lou and Pinkie have seven children: Teresa Mihaly, Robert (Mimi) Mihaly, Jim (Ali) Mihaly, Paul (Lori) Mihaly, John (JoAnne) Mihaly, Bill (Sharon) Mihaly, and Tina Mihaly; 26 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren and they, along with Pinkie, all survive. He is also survived by his sister, Anna Mae, and brother-in-law Robert VerHaeghe, whose 5 children adore their uncle Lou; a brother-in-law George (Brenda) Reeber and sister-in-law Sally Hayes, and 10 nieces and nephews on the Reeber side of the family that made the gatherings around the holidays so special.
Aside from relatives, Lou touched many countless lives, young and old, in the roles of mentor and advisor. His thirst for knowledge and passion for education was at the core of these bonds. He enjoyed a wide variety of interests, and was considered an expert in most disciplines he ventured into. He had a gift of converting a complete stranger into a friend, and was able to engage with people from all walks of life. Lou was always trying to improve himself and the world around him and his giving spirit will live on through those he influenced most.
Visitation for friends and family of Lou will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 1-6:00 p.m. at KIRKPATRICK-BEHNKE FUNERAL HOME, 500 Lima Ave Findlay, Ohio, and from 10-11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 29, 2019 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 750 Bright Road, Findlay, Ohio. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Msgr. Mike Hohenbrink celebrant.
Donations to those in need are suggested to help memorialize Lou's legacy. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com.