Ann Maria Pados was born July 6, 1927 in Vasszentmihaly, Hungary to her parents Karoly Pall and the former Vilma Kovach. Following the ravages from World War II in Europe, she married Ferenc Pados in 1951, and gave birth to daughter Emilia two years later.After the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, the family immigrated to the United States as refugees and became naturalized citizens while making their home in South Bend for more than 60 years. Preceding her in death were her husband in 1985, daughter in 2012 and her parents and her three siblings, Ilona, Maria and Ferenc, who resided in Hungary. An extraordinarily tough woman who climbed her garage roof well into her 80s to make repairs, she was physically fit with a daily exercise regimen that included biking, swimming or calisthenics. One of her favorite activities was walking a few miles to and back from Rum Village Park. A devout Catholic and long-time parishioner of Our Lady of Hungary in South Bend, Ann loved traveling throughout the country and Europe, and was a voracious reader while learning the English language well. She was an exceptional cook, a caretaker to many, had a soft heart for animals, charitable, candid and well-versed on numerous topics, especially world history. She was devoted to her special needs daughter to help make her independent, and also was a huge supporter of Logan Industries and Special Olympics.Survivors include nephew Frank Leopold (Judy) of Rockford, Ill.; niece Margit LeClair of Janesville, Wis.; and nephews Geza, Laszlo, Ferenc and Tamas in both Hungary and Germany. Also residing in Hungary and Europe are cousins, and an especially special bond was formed with Csilla Gyarmati. Ann leaves behind numerous close friends in South Bend who kept a watchful eye on her as she battled blindness and other health setbacks in recent years, but still lived on her own in her home. Services will be held at a future date in Hungary, her final resting place with her husband and daughter. Memorial contributions can be made to Our Lady of Hungary parish. To leave an online condolence, visit our website http://www.zahoran.com or our facebook page Zahoran Funeral Home.
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