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Dennis Bela Tarnay

August 10, 1952March 22, 2020

Dennis Bela Tarnay, passed away peacefully at home at the age of 67. Beloved husband of Ibolya “Ibi” (nee Panajoth). Dear father of Eva and Nicholas. Cherished grandfather of Mikayla. Brother to Peter (Elizabeth) Tarnay. Uncle to Sylvia (Robert) Kertesy Payne, Jonathan (Michelle), James, and Maria Tarnay and great uncle to Emilia Payne. Brother in law to Eva Reich. Dennis was born in 1952 and raised in the Buckeye neighborhood of Cleveland. He attended St. Margaret of Hungary, Cathedral Latin High School, and John Carroll University, earning a degree in accounting in 1974. He became a CPA, served on the Board of the Ohio Society of CPAs, and eventually retired as the CFO of Lake Erie Electric, Inc. Beyond his career, Dennis spent many years with the Hungarian Dance Company of Cleveland, touring the country performing Hungarian folk dance. Later in life, he found another passion in the form of soccer, playing the sport himself, managing teams, and coaching his son in early years. A Celebration of Life will take place at a future date and time. In lieu of flowers, please have a Bourbon in honor of “Butch”. The family also suggests Memorial Contributions be made to the Charity of your choice.


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Dennis Bela Tarnay

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Beata (Beby) (Dávid) Wegling

April 1, 2020

Dear Ibi and family,

My heart goes out to you and to everyone who loved Butch. This is such a huge loss.
One of many memories of Butch will always be (and this goes back when he was a child) he would come over to my parents house with his parents for a visit. One time he hid in my parents bedroom closet to play a joke on us. We were all looking for him.
You can never be prepared for this moment. Or what a void it will bring to your life.
Please except my deepest condolences for your loss.
Bebe Wegling

Gustav Szabo

March 31, 2020

Dear Ibi, Eva and Nick

This is and will always be your east coast cousins - the Szabo Tarnay family. With my brothers George and Gabe we are all saddened by Butch’s early passing. We should have seized the day to know each other better but my memories of growing up with Butch certainly made me the person that I became.

He was one of the loveliest human beings I had the honor of knowing in my life — the definition of a nice guy.

I send you all my love and all the love of the expanding Szabo Tarnay clan. Let love conquer these scary times.


(David) Judit and Elmar Koeberer

March 30, 2020

Dear Ibi and Family,
Elmar and I are so very sorry to learn of Butch's death. I am sure you know that he was the junior groomsman in our wedding almost 51 years ago, ever so handsome and confident even in his youth.
Butch has always had a very special place in our hearts and we will always treasure his memory.
Our deepest sympathy to you and all of your family.
Judy and Elmar

Hazel Incze

March 30, 2020

Ibi I was very sorry to hear of Butch’s passing. Always enjoyed time spent with you both. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your children.

Marty, Gail & Kyle Prock

March 29, 2020

We are so sorry to hear about Dennis's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family. We have so many good memories from the Concordia soccer days. Dennis was an outstanding coach and so good with the boys. He will be missed.

Marty, Gail & Kyle

Ildi Gorcz

March 29, 2020

I have such fond memories of our beach vacation, good times. Ibi our prayers and thoughts are with you. Szeretettel

Mike Welker

March 29, 2020

Butch was one of the nicest, most generous people I had the pleasure of knowing. He loved soccer and was a huge supporter of Concordia soccer—never seeking acknowledgement for his generosity. I will miss our conversations at the games and at the bar. I raise my glass to Dennis. Egeszsegedre!

John Farrell

March 28, 2020

Dennis, his son Nick, Thomas S, and I shared a hotel room on a trip for Concordia soccer club in the early 2000's. He was a great guy. It was a great trip. I was lucky to have known him.


John Farrell