Edith N. Paal

May 2, 1933November 2, 2021
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Edith N. Paal, age 88, of Sugarland, passed away on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 in Sugarland. She was born on May 2, 1933, in Sopron, Hungary, to Ferenc and Jolan Schnapper Nemeth. She married Ernest F. Paal and during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, she had the brave idea to initiate the immigration of her family to the United States for an opportunity for a better life.

She lived life to the fullest and had many interests that kept her very busy. Her passions in life were spending time with family, gardening, singing in the church choir, volunteering at the hospital, competing in ballroom dancing, traveling, swimming, playing bridge and other games, and enjoying get-togethers with her friends in her new community. When she wasn’t out being busy, she kept busy at home with her sewing, needlework, reading, and listening to classical music. She was a fantastic cook and enjoyed cooking for her family.

Edith is survived by her three children, Zoltan and his wife Rhonda, Rita and her husband Paul, and Cynthia and her husband Tim; her grandchildren, Kellen and her husband Alex, Andras, Lance, Brittany, Liam, and Garrett; her sister, Alice and her niece Erica. She leaves us with the memory that we were all loved.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, on Saturday, November 27, in the chapel at Earthman Southwest Funeral Home, 12555 South Kirkwood in Stafford. For those unable to attend, a livestream may be accessed by selecting the "Join Livestream" icon located in the service information below. There memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with her family.

Immediately following, all are invited to a reception to be held in the Earthman Southwest Event Room.

If friends desire, in lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to the Star of Hope Mission, P.O. Box 1505, Houston, TX, 77251.


  • Memorial Service and Reception

    Saturday, November 27, 2021



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Louise Paal

November 25, 2021

My favorite memory of Edith is sitting around Cynthia’s kitchen table as Edith described her life in Sopron and the family’s decision to escape across the boarder into Austria, then to apply for visas to the United States. My husband, Zoltan, Ernie’s younger brother was invited to join them on their pilgrimage. I had heard Zoltan’s version of the story many times, but Edith was able to bring the journey to life in my mind. I realized the sacrifices she made to help the family establish themselves in a new country. She had always been my sister-in-law, but I realized in many ways she was also a mother to my teenage husband.
I was always impressed by her many talents and interests. She was gracious, generous and loving and will be missed.
Louise Paal

Alexander Biro

November 23, 2021

Cynthia, Zoltan, Rita and family , our thoughts and prayers are with you . Although we are separated by distance the closeness of family ties that were forged by Edith will remain in our hearts . I enjoyed very much her family visits in Calgary and the phone conversations we had catching up on things . She will be sadly missed .
Biro Family
Calgary, Canada