LODI, N.J. -- Andrew Horvath, 93, of Lodi, passed away Dec. 18, 2015.
He was born March 6, 1922.
He was predeceased by his parents, Antal and Mary.
He was the husband of Anne (nee Berie); father of Beverly Lawrence and husband Robert of Augusta, Richard Horvath and wife Sonja of Wayne and James Horvath and wife Lorraine of Lodi; grandfather of eight and great-grandfather of 13; brother of Virginia Pfaff, the late Theresa Nicastro, Vincent, Ernest and Joseph Horvath.
Horvath was 16 when he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, stationed in Hackettstown to build the fish hatchery. He was then sent to Fallon, Nev.and Nehalem, Ore. to build roads and bridges. He was then transferred to Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington, where he worked as a tree topper.
He was married Nov. 29, 1941, and was on his honeymoon when he learned of the tragic news about Pearl Harbor. He was working delivering radar equipment across the country when he was drafted into the military in 1943. At the time, he had one child and his wife was pregnant with their second. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was a rifle instructor before volunteering to go overseas. In 1944, he arrived in Guadalcanal and became part of the 6th Marine Division and was part of the invasion of Okinawa which lasted three months. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
Before retiring, Horvath was a bus driver for Manhattan Transit Co. in East Paterson. He was a disabled American veteran and a member of the Marine Corps League in Kearny.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral at 8 a.m. Tuesday at Santangelo Funeral Home, 300 N. Main St., Lodi, then to St. Joseph R.C. Church for a 9 a.m. funeral Mass. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
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