Leopold "Leo" Toth
July 28, 1931 – February 17, 2019
Leopold "Leo" Toth was born on July 28, 1931 and passed away on February 17, 2019.
- Visitation Friday, February 22, 2019
- Funeral Mass at St. Pius X RC Church Saturday, February 23, 2019
Leopold "Leo" Toth
February 21, 2019
Leopold “Leo” Toth (87) of Neptune, NJ, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was born on July 28, 1931 in Budapest, Hungary, son of the late Leopold and Martha (Kalman) Toth. He emigrated to the United States in 1948, settling in Queens, NY with his parents and younger brother, Kalman, with whom he shared a birthday. Leo served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, remaining stateside and working as a translator. He married Joan (Abel) of New York City in 1962 and moved to Neptune in 1966, where he raised his three children Nancy, Linda and Gordon. Leo loved working in his large backyard, gardening and creating “magic” out of various things for his kids, whether it be a swing set he designed and built that was the envy of the neighborhood, a zip line between the trees that mom quickly put an end to, or a side car on a bike so our dog, Bonnie, could ride to the ballfield with everyone. He was a big fan of politics and the Internet was seemingly invented just for him. Leo was also an artist, whether it be painting in oil or pastel at home or designing in fur, when he worked for Flemington Fur Company for many years until his retirement. He was one of the most generous people you’d ever want to meet.
He leaves behind his former wife, Joan V. Abel of Avon, CT; children Nancy Gamelin (John), of Avon, CT; Linda Irwin (Bryan), of Nottingham, PA; Gordon (Denise), of Neptune, NJ; brother Kalman (Ann Marie) of Old Bethpage, NY; nephew Gregory (Anne) of Park City, UT and beloved grandchildren Jim, Liz, Rob, John, Gray, Sarah, Dane, Luke and Kent.
Visitation hours will be held 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Home, 655 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at St. Pius X RC Church, 1 St. Pius Court, Plainview, NY, followed by interment at St. Charles Cemetery, 2015 Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, NY.
February 20, 2019
Leo was a loving grandfather to my children, going above and beyond on several occasions. I will always be grateful for his time and support of our family. He was a diaper changer, chauffeur, cell phone provider, bulk candy/snack purchaser, family video/photographer, and audience member at several school/sporting events. He was a firm believer in the American Dream, a proud Hungarian-American immigrant that was an exemplar and promoter of what was possible with hard work. Thank you, Leo aka "Pop-Pop".
February 19, 2019
Pop pop was such an amazing man. He cared for my brothers and I in many ways, and I will miss the memories of seeing him every day after school. He always laughed at me constantly being on AOL at his house while also on the other phone line with a friend, leaving no open lines. He brought me to my softball games and always took photographs. He is where I inherited my love of photography, no doubt in my mind. I will miss him so much.