Emery Fulop, 81

Emery Fulop, 81, of Hartford, passed away on Monday, April 4, 2011, at the Hartford Care Center.

He was born Jan. 19, 1930, in Kapuvar, Hungary, to Gyula and Erzsebet Fulop. Emery was united in marriage to Ilona Molnar on Aug. 14, 1955, in Kapuvar, Hungary.

Emery Fulop spent two and a half years in forced labor camp in Communist Hungary because of the anti-Communist sentiments he expressed as a university student studying economics. During the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Emery, along with his wife Ilona and her parents as well as his 4-month old son James, escaped from Hungary and settled in Milwaukee with the assistance of the St. Vincent DePaul Society of Milwaukee.

He spent six years working at the Falk Corporation doing manual labor, while taking English classes and then later working toward a degree in accounting from Spencerian College. He obtained a position as an accountant and then the comptroller at Wacker Corporation in Milwaukee and remained there until he retired. Emery was an exceptionally hard worker in caring for his wife and seven children, but always found time to joke around and play with his large family.

While working full-time at Wacker, he purchased a dairy farm in Hartford, which his wife and in-laws, Steven and Ilona Molnar, assisted in managing. He then bought Sunshine Orchard in West Bend and ran it with his wife even after his father-in-law passed away. When the people in his office at Wacker asked about where he got his tanned skin after coming back from vacation, he joked that he had gone to Mexico. Those who knew him well knew he spent those vacation days up in the apples trees each season, pruning the branches and getting tanned. After selling the orchard, he purchased a large home as a temporary investment and then sold it to buy the Colony Motel in Menomonee Falls and then later added the Silver Bell Motel in Hartford. He sold those when he completely retired and then spent many fond hours with friends playing golf at the Hartford Country Club.

He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, but most of all, spent nearly every waking minute with the love of his life, his wife Ilona. Emery attended Mass weekly and devoted time to the Knights of Columbus. He was involved in his community as a Rotarian and served as President of the Menomonee Falls Rotary Club for the 1996-97 term. He was much loved and will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his wife, Ilona; his children, James Fulop of Texas, Marianne Szabo of Thiensville, Steven Fulop of Illinois, Joseph (Patty) Fulop of Hartford, Thomas (Ann) Fulop of Illinois, Richard (Carrie) Fulop of Port Washington and Elizabeth Skowera of Hartford; his grandchildren, Tony, Josef, Michael, Daniel, Peter, Nicholas, Rachael, Robert, Benjamin, Mary, Vincent, Izabella and Jade. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Emery was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Elizabeth; and a brother, Gyula.

A Mass of Christian burial for Emery will be held on Saturday, April 9, at 11 a.m. at St. Kilian Catholic Church in Hartford with the Rev. David LaPlante officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends on Saturday at St. Kilian Church from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in Newburg.

Memorials to St. Vincent DePaul would be appreciated.

The Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family. (262) 673-9500 www.shimonfuneralhome.com.