Laszlo Berkovits

October 2, 1946April 19, 2021

Laszlo Berkovits of Fort Lee, NJ, died peacefully on Monday, April 19, 2021. He was 74. Laszlo was a loving, generous spirit, bright and open-hearted throughout his life. Laszlo was born in Salgótarján, Hungary in 1946, growing up in the shadow of post-war Europe as one of the few Jewish children born in his town. He left Hungary at age 19 with his parents and spent several months in Rome prior to emigrating to New York City. Laszlo studied Physics at City College of New York where he met Edna, the love of his life. They spent many years together engaged in activism, while also making time for many other pursuits. Laszlo was such an avid hiker, biker, and skier, he would take every opportunity to bike or ski to work when feasible. He also loved history, art and music, good food, and travel. His love of the sciences, his quest for learning and seeking, was palpable. Prior to carrying around his trusty electronic devices, he was known for carrying tattered physics books for pleasure reading. He maintained deep friendships from childhood and created new friendships everywhere. Connection and human experience were cherished. Laszlo is survived by his wife Edna, his daughters, Ilona and Daphne, sons-in-law, Ed and Butch, and 3 grandchildren, Isaac, Corinne, and Otto. Laszlo had ALS which may have limited his adventures, but never diminished his capacity for joy.

A small family service was held in Hackensack, NJ.

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  • In lieu of flowers, Donations can be made to a favorite charity or the ALS Association of Greater New York


  • Completed Funeral Service

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021



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Peter Kiss

May 7, 2021

Laci was my father’s best friend. He always welcomed me as a family member.
Last time we met in Budapest he told me, that his best friend’s son is his son:)
My father passed away 16 years ago.
I hope you guys have as much fun up there as you had here. Because I am sure you both went to heaven...

Klaus Flick

May 3, 2021

Dear Edna,

I heard about the death of your husband Lazlo in a roundabout way. Even though we never met personally, I feel close to you and your family. I can only imagine the loss you must suffer with the death of Lazlo, who was certainly an irreplaceable support in coping with the fate of your family. I wish you much strength to overcome this blow of fate.
My heartfelt condolences
Klaus, Wiesbaden (Germany)

Catherine Mason

April 29, 2021

So sorry to hear about Laszlo. You have my deepest sympathy
In the later years, I was just getting to know him well, then cut short.
I observed the memorial.
He meant so much to e veryone he knew.
Again, you have my deepest sympathies.

Joanne& Alex Polner

April 26, 2021

Dear Edna , From Ethical Culture and BTCNJ we have been
pleased to know you and Laszlo. We are sorry for your loss of your beloved husband. H e was quite an intelligent gentleman.
Please accept our deepest condolences.
Kindest regards, Joanne and Alex 4/26/21

Theresa McCutcheon

April 23, 2021


You are in our thoughts during this most difficult time. May you and your family find comfort in one another and in the strength that your father offered you throughout his live. Our deepest sympathy.

With sadness for this loss,
Tess McCutcheon and your IFF Family

Ezra Farkash

April 23, 2021

We are very sad for the lost of my dear cousin who I loved very much. I send you all my comfort to you all.
Lazlo was so good cousin with so good hurt and always interested in all his family from Israel. Be strong.
May he rest in peace.

Ezra and sara Farkash

Mike Speiser

April 22, 2021

Laszlo was a good, kind, giving man. I will remember him and miss him.

Theresa Forsman

April 22, 2021

Laszlo was one of the most thoughtful people I have had the pleasure to know. Since moving from New Jersey, I have been fortunate to hear his astute comments during the monthly online Socrates Cafe sessions in which he participated. I extend deep sympathy to Edna and all his family and deep gratitude for having known Laszlo.

Glenn Kissack

April 22, 2021

Laszlo was one of the nicest and most interesting persons my wife and I have had the pleasure to meet. He was bright and socially conscious and we learned something from every conversation we had with Laszlo. He and Edna were such wonderful partners.

Harriet Einschlag

April 21, 2021

My deepest condolences to you Edna and the family on the passing of Laszlo. Laszlo was such a positive, uplifting, generous man. At the bike club we so loved seeing him on the Vermont trips and having an interesting discussion, and going cross country skiing and cycling together. He had such fortitude dealing with his illness and was an inspiration. I will miss him greatly.