August 27, 1951 – April 29, 2021
Born in Budapest, Hungary on 8/27/1951 to parents Erzsébet (Bartha) Kustos and Pál Kustos. On 4/13/1971, Laszlo bravely escaped Communist Hungary, spending 8 months in a refugee camp in Italy before emigrating to the United States. On 11/13/1978, Laszlo became a legal citizen of the USA, one of his proudest achievements. He married the love of his life, Maureen (Long) Kustos on 7/3/1996. He was employed by the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Local Union 1976 as a drywall finisher until retirement in 2015. Laszlo was passionate about Soccer and could often be heard rooting for his team in a combination of English and Hungarian. He was a passionate collector of anything Hungarian, Soccer or USA related and loved music, plants and stained glass. He was a man with many hobbies but cherished his clocks most of all. He spent hours at his desk repairing them with patience, love and a steady hand. Laszlo was a clever inventor always tinkering around in his office creating something new or imagining innovative ways to fix any problem. Every Saturday and Sunday morning, he could be found at the flea market finding small treasures and talking with the friends he’s made along the way. Laszlo was a kind, calm and gentile soul who was loved by many. Strangers he met instantly became friends, he was “Pa” to many of his Daughter’s friends and their children and is also survived by many friends he considered to be the family of his heart. He is predeceased by his Father, Pál Kustos, his Mother, Erzsébet Kustos, Brother, Sandor Kustos and his Brother-in-Law, Bob Long. In addition to his sweetheart, Maureen Kustos, he is survived by his Daughter, Erin Travisano and her Husband, Scott, of Toms River. Son, Robert Bruce, and his wife Victoria of Elmwood Park. He leaves behind 4 Grandchildren, Maureen Travisano of Toms River and Robert, Sean and Mackenzie Bruce of Elmwood Park. Also survived by his Sister-in-Law, Annette Long of Hawthorne and extended family throughout Hungary. Memorial to be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 1-3pm. Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home 703 Main Street, Toms River, NJ 08753 Memorial Donations may be sent to: The Gift of Soccer – www.thegiftofsoccer.org PAN Foundation – www.panfoundation.org
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Saturday, May 8, 2021
May 9, 2021
I worked with Maureen years ago and witnessed one of the best love stories ever. I was at the small wedding and have told the story of their love affair, and how Laszlo waited patiently for the day Maureen would join him as his wife, many times over the years. When I saw her years after the wedding at the beach she said " I'm deliriously happy." What a beautiful love story. I'm so saddened to hear of his passing. Peace to you and your family Maureen 😪my condolences.
George & Mary-Margaret Kurta
May 5, 2021
What started as a taper and electrician talking of their love of soccer on a job turned into a 40 year friendship. Not only did it involve soccer it involved the love & sharing of so many little hobbies & interests. Laszlo loaned us his van for our very first family reunion almost 30 years ago b/c we didn’t have a tent or trailer, sheet-rocked & taped Karina’s room as a gift before she arrived, always kept the Belmar house open for those cold parade days and then left his van overnight once the move to Wall was made so we could stay warm on those cold days. We can still see Karina eating bone soup at the Belmar table as Hungarian was spoken and dry noodles were hung. We can still see the first security system created by Laszlo of the battery operated box light in the Belmar windows. When our second was born and we mentioned the name Laszlo Pete he said “oh no no don’t do that to the kid “ but knew how special it was to us because of his friendship. As our children started to grow and life became better for Laszlo as husband to father to papa our time spent in person was less but our bond was always still there. Conversation & text messages occurred as if we saw each other daily. Our hearts are heavy but knowing that we were so blessed to have been part of your life will help ease the pain.
May 3, 2021
Laszlo has been in the family for over 40 years from going to the Cosmos soccer game in the 70's to Columbus flea market in the 90's. I'm going to cherish all those times kicking the soccer ball before a soccer game or going to a pink floyd concert in giant stadium. Or getting together back in the day eating a good Hungarian meal. I'm so sorry for your lost Maureen, Laszlo was a true gentleman and a good guy. Rest in peace and keep kicking that soccer ball. kis tibor
May 2, 2021
Lasso was a good friend to me and my husband Louie. They worked together for many years. They respected and cared for each other. We were fortunate to have know Lazlo. My family is so sorry for your loss.