BROOKFIELD – Joseph Fonagy, 87, passed away at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, July 25, 2011, at Sharon Regional Health Hospital.
Mr. Fonagy was born on July 5, 1924, in Masury, Ohio a son of John and Helen (Szabo) Fonagy.
Joe was a 1942 Alumni of Brookfield High School and following graduation, went on to enlist with U.S. Army proudly serving during the Second World War.
He married his sweetheart, the former Shirley M. Hougelman on March 16, 1951, and shared more than 60 years with her and their four children.
Joe worked as a meat cutter for over 50 years, working at various local grocery stores including Riverside Bi Lo Market and Devines before his retirement.
Mr. Fonagy was a longtime member of the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, where he had been a church elder for many years.
He was a member of the former Masury V.F.W. Post No. 8860 He always loved learning about his Hungarian Heritage.
He enjoyed attending various car auctions and in earlier years, working in his garden at home.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Shirley; daughters, Gloria Combine and her husband, Mark of Slippery Rock, Pa. and Karen Phipps and her husband, Terry of Brookfield, ; his son, Dr. Joseph Fonagy and his wife, Sue of Brookfield; brother, Frank Fonagy of Masury, Ohio; sister, Mary Kurilla of Sarasota, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Dr. JJ Fonagy, Amber Fonagy, Trisha Stewart, Dr. Jordan Yersky, Dr. Angela Santis, Chad Fonagy, Robert Phipps, and Danielle Phipp; and by seven great-grandchildren, whom he cherished.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Gail Hollern; brother, John Fonagy; sister, Helen Kovacs; and his great-granddaughter, Abigail Stewart.
The family will receive friends today, July 27, 2011, from 5 to 8 p.m. the Madasz Funeral Chapel in Brookfield.
A procession will leave from the funeral home at 10:30 a.m.on Thursday for the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church at 710 Carnegie Ave. in Sharon, Pa., where the Rev. Robbie Arnold will conduct a funeral service beginning at 11 a.m.
Burial will be at Brookfield Township Cemetery.
As an expression of sympathy, the family requests that contributions be made to the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church.
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