OBITUARY

Martha Wargo

August 4, 1926June 11, 2018
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Martha Kiss Wargo, aged 92 years, of Austin, passed away on June 11, 2018 into peace, in the company of her daughters.

Martha Wargo was born in Sátoraljaújhely, Hungary in 1926, the daughter of John Kiss, the town burgher, and Sarolta Kuharik. Her family lived through the German occupation of Hungary, and she married Lorand "Larry" Wargo, the son of an American diplomat who had been raised in Hungary.

In 1949, Larry and Martha escaped from the Soviet occupation of Hungary after WW2, and lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Although Larry was an American citizen, the quota for Hungarian escapees was filled. They lived there until they could save enough money for Martha's entrance to the US. They came ashore in New Orleans in 1955, flipped a coin, and went West. Larry became an optical effects specialist in Hollywood, and their first daughter, Katherine, was born in 1956. They continued their lucky streak with Elizabeth, born in 1959, and Rosemarie, 1960.

Martha and Larry were welcomed by the Hungarian community, and she learned about America as her daughters grew up and went through school. She started working outside the house as a seamstress, and established herself as a designer and couturier. When Larry was hired by the Rand Corporation, the family moved to Massachusetts. Later, Larry started his own optical and laser design company, and they moved to Corpus Christi, and finally to Austin.

Larry and Martha were strong in the Catholic faith, joining the family of Saint Catherine of Siena in 1992. Martha was a firm believer in demonstrating faith through works, and was active in the ladies club. She turned her couturier's hand to provide new vestments and altar pieces for the clergy of St. Catherine's. When Father Oliver asked her if she would be willing to organize a little table in the church narthex to provide candles and holy cards, she responded with a facility that offered candles, cards, Bibles, rosaries, figurines, and devotional material. Her hands were never idle, and she knitted innumerable booties and baby blankets to donate to church fairs.

Martha had the Hungarian passion for life, embracing her family and friends with joy. She worked willingly, laughed joyously, and loved fiercely.

Her partner in life, Larry, passed on in 1994. Martha is survived by her three daughters, Katherine, Elizabeth, and Rosemarie; her grandchildren Dana, Christina, Magdalene, Andrew, Jessica and Thomas; and her great-grandchild Lilah.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, with Recitation of Holy Rosary at 7:00 PM, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 4800 Convict Hill Road, in Austin.

  • FAMILY

  • Larry Wargo, Husband
  • Martha is survived by her three daughters, Katherine, Elizabeth, and Rosemarie; her grandchildren Dana, Christina, Magdalene, Andrew, Jessica and Thomas; and her great-grandchild Lilah.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • John Reynolds, Pallbearer
  • Randy Russell, Pallbearer
  • Michael Brassard, Pallbearer
  • Andrew Russell, Pallbearer
  • Thomas Reynolds, Pallbearer
  • Louie DeFelice, Pallbearer
  • Kim DeFelice, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Rosary Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, June 14, 2018
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Kari Evans

June 18, 2018

I will miss Martha tremendously. I am so fortunate to have known her. Martha was like a second mom to me. Always welcoming me into their home. She was a wonderful teacher and so creative. Lots of good times baking, sewing, gardening, eating, laughing and more eating and laughing. I adopted many of the Wargo holiday traditions as my own and I even named my cat after Martha using her grandsons nickname for her which was "Bama".
Bama, Lizzie and family hold a very special place in my heart. My lifetime of happy memories will be cherished forever!
Martha will always be remembered with a big grin and a warm chuckle as I reminisce about all the old times.

Charlie Maroon

June 13, 2018

I first met Mrs. Wargo and her wonderful family around 1979,shortly after their move from Massachusetts We instantly became lifelong friends, She was the hardest working woman I have ever met. She had an infectious smile and a zest for life. I will always remember the many fishing times we spent together. She loved to go crabbing and fishing. Her dobosh torte ( not sure I spelled that correct ) was my favorite treat she would make. Many, many, very fond memories including birthday celebrations and working on their house/business remodeling project. I will always remember her and her family and cherish the memories forever.
Rest in Peace

Charlie Maroon Sr

Kim DeFelice

June 13, 2018

Martha blessed all of us with her vivacious spirit. Feisty, passionate and fun. We have had so many visits full of laughter, sometimes tears. I admire her strength and courage. My favorite memories are from time spent in her kitchen learning how to cook her favorite Hungarian dishes. Each lesson was also a life lesson, as she shared her childhood experiences. I looked forward to each visit as she continued her life story. 3 hours seemed like 30 minutes. It was like reading a novel that you couldn't put down. I am in awe such a beautiful spirit blessed me with her friendship and mothering love. Our hearts are heavy, until we meet again. love you.

Thanks for the many blessings,

Kim and Louie

Suzann Spears

June 13, 2018

I loved Martha very much. She was such treasure to know. My lasting memory will be of playing Michigan Rummy with her, Lucy, Ollie and Barbara. We had such fun and good times every other Friday. She was an amazing lady and I was blessed to call her my friend.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Suzann Spears

Laurie Metzler

June 12, 2018

Martha was amazing. I didn't get to know her until her last years but I did get to experience many contributions she made to the church. All the flags, the frontals, the gospel book covers, the pall, the vestments were tremendous gifts to all at St. Catherine's. I will always remember her as smiling and giving of herself and talents to others.
Blessings,
Laurie Metzler

Dolly and Clyde Simeroth

June 12, 2018

We have know Martha almost since she moved into her current home. She was such a talented, friendly, loving woman. Always loved seeing her and her daughter,Lizzie, at Mass and am going to miss her smiling face. God bless you, Martha, and your dear family.

FROM THE FAMILY
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Shrimp and raw oysters, yum!

FROM THE FAMILY

1962 Wargo Christmas in Los Angeles

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Biography

Martha Kiss Wargo, aged 92 years, of Austin, passed away on June 11, 2018 into peace, in the company of her daughters.

Martha Wargo was born in Sátoraljaújhely, Hungary in 1926, the daughter of John Kiss, the town burgher, and Sarolta Kuharik. Her family lived through the German occupation of Hungary, and she married Lorand "Larry" Wargo, the son of an American diplomat who had been raised in Hungary.

In 1949, Larry and Martha escaped from the Soviet occupation of Hungary after WW2, and lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Although Larry was an American citizen, the quota for Hungarian escapees was filled. They lived there until they could save enough money for Martha's entrance to the US. They came ashore in New Orleans in 1955, flipped a coin, and went West. Larry became an optical effects specialist in Hollywood, and their first daughter, Katherine, was born in 1956. They continued their lucky streak with Elizabeth, born in 1959, and Rosemarie, 1960.

Martha and Larry were welcomed by the Hungarian community, and she learned about America as her daughters grew up and went through school. She started working outside the house as a seamstress, and established herself as a designer and couturier. When Larry was hired by the Rand Corporation, the family moved to Massachusetts. Later, Larry started his own optical and laser design company, and they moved to Corpus Christi, and finally to Austin.

Larry and Martha were strong in the Catholic faith, joining the family of Saint Catherine of Siena in 1992. Martha was a firm believer in demonstrating faith through works, and was active in the ladies club. She turned her couturier's hand to provide new vestments and altar pieces for the clergy of St. Catherine's. When Father Oliver asked her if she would be willing to organize a little table in the church narthex to provide candles and holy cards, she responded with a facility that offered candles, cards, Bibles, rosaries, figurines, and devotional material. Her hands were never idle, and she knitted innumerable booties and baby blankets to donate to church fairs.

Martha had the Hungarian passion for life, embracing her family and friends with joy. She worked willingly, laughed joyously, and loved fiercely.

Her partner in life, Larry, passed on in 1994. Martha is survived by her three daughters, Katherine, Elizabeth, and Rosemarie; her grandchildren Dana, Christina, Magdalene, Andrew, Jessica and Thomas; and her great-grandchild Lilah.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, with Recitation of Holy Rosary at 7:00 PM, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 4800 Convict Hill Road, in Austin.