He was born at Kis, Harsagy, Hungary and came to Canada in 1926 to the Melville district in Saskatchewan and worked on various farms and later moved to Raymond, Alberta and was employed at the sugar beet factory. In the early 1930s he purchased a farm in the Tilley district and farmed there until retiring to Brooks.
Surviving are his wife Margaret of Brooks, a son Steve (Mildred) of Hay River, N.W.T., two daughters, Mrs. Mary Wolfer and Mrs. Rose Bothi of Brooks, 19 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
Prayer service was held on Monday, September 24 at 7 p.m. at Smith's Memorial Chapel and funeral mass was celebrated on Tuesday, September 25 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Reverend Keith Sorge celebrant. Interment followed in the Brooks Cemetery.
Pallbearers were AI Carlisle, Douglas Kovatch, Steven Kipta, Donald Wolfer, Steven Bothi and Ernest Bothi.
If friends desire memorial donations may be made to the Brooks Health Centre Memorial Fund or STARS.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge or arrangements.
KOVACS - Margaret (Margit) Kovacs, beloved wife of the late Steve Kovacs, passed away on Saturday, July 5th, 2003 at the age of 98 years. She is survived by her son Steve Kovatch and his wife Mildred of Hay River, N.W.T. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughters Mary (Donald) Wolfer and Rose (Steve) Bothi, and great grandson Jason Robbins. Margaret Molnar was born November 18th, 1904 in Hungary and married Steve Kovacs there in 1924. She came to Canada in 1927 with their young son Steve. They settled first in the Raymond area before moving to the Tilley district where Steve and Margaret farmed until retiring to Brooks in 1970. Margaret will be best remembered for her hard work, love of gardening and for her respect for the simple things in life. She had a keen interest in world affairs and in keeping up to date on the activities of her entire family. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 :00 on Thursday, July 10th from St Mary's Catholic Church in Brooks. The Very Reverend Bryar Frank celebrant. Honorary Pallbearers are the staff at both Newbrook Lodge and Long Term Care. Active Pallbearers are Kenny Kovatch Donald Wolfer, Steve Kipta, Al Carlisle, Steve Hoffert and Steve Bothi. Internment will follow at Brooks Cemetery. In memory of Margaret memorial tributes may be made to the Brooks and District Health Foundation, Bag 300, Brooks T1 R 1B3. Arrangements in care of SMlTH FUNERAL HOME, Brooks. Telephone 362-4636 or 1-866-1362-4652.