Adolf John Peterdi (known as John to his American friends and Adi to his Hungarian friends)age 93 of Lincoln passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at his residence after a long illness. He was the husband of the late Hildegard (Mauve) Peterdi.
Born on July 14, 1918 in Tamasi, Hungary he was the son of the late Adolf and Ilona (Weissgerber) Pelzmann.
Raised and educated in Hungary at the Koszeg military school as well as the Ludovika Academy,Hungary's equivalent of West Point. Mr. Peterdi was a career officer, serving in the Royal Hungarian Air Force as a long range reconnaissance pilot during World War II. After the war he worked for a short period of time as a commercial pilot for Malev Airlines. In 1956 he and his family fled Hungary in the aftermath of the Hungarian revolution, and settled at first in Stamford and subsequently in Norwalk Connecticut. Mr. Peterdi moved to Lincoln, MA in 2005 to live closer to his daughter.
While working as a draftsman and then as a mechanical engineer for Pitney Bowes, Mr. Peterdi obtained his engineering degree from Bridgeport Engineering Institute and his MBA from the University of Connecticut. He retired from Pitney Bowes as a product engineer in 1983
Mr. Peterdi was an avid fisherman. He doted on his Vizsla dogs and could be seen walking them at Merwyn Meadows on a daily basis. Until his 79th year he co owned and piloted a Beechcraft Bonanza. He was a fine woodworker, producing beautiful furniture as well as smaller items for household use which he generously gave to friends.
He is survived by his daughter Adele P. Harvey of Lincoln and his grandsons, Scott Harvey and his family of Sterling, MA, Max Harvey and his family of Jamaica Plain, MA, Andreas Lonkai and his family of Germany, Thomas Lonkai and his family of Germany. Other survivors include daughters in law Gisela Lonkai of Germany and Helen Lonkai of Indiana, grand niece Alexandra Hoeber-Jenkins of California and numerous nieces and nephews in Hungary.
Mr. Peterdi was predeceased by his wife Hildegard and stepsons Gabor and Miklos Lonkai
Services will be private.
Gifts in his name may be made to:
Tufts New England Veterinary Medical Center
200 Westboro Road
North Grafton, MA 01536
Arrangements under the care of Glenn D. Burlamachi, CONCORD FUNERAL HOME, Concord.
Proud to be family owned, operated and occupied since 1936.