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Ladislau "Les" Kovacs, 74, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at his home in Goldvein.
He was born in Brasov, Romania, in July 1938. During the war, Les and his family fled to Germany; they immigrated to America in the late 1950s.
Les served in the Air Force in Hawaii, where he met and married Mary Ann Fried, who preceded him in death in 2002. They moved to Maryland to be closer to his family and then to Virginia to raise their four children. Les was affectionately known to all his friends and family for his sense of humor and outgoing nature.
A hard worker, he retired from three different professions. He spent his retirement serving his community as a volunteer at Mary Washington Hospital and took great pride in the assistance he gave. He often commented that it was such a great feeling to be able to put someone who was facing something difficult at ease by telling them silly jokes and letting them know that he really ran the place. Les made lasting and wonderful relationships while working with the Mary Washington Auxiliary. His friends and co-workers meant a great deal to him. Besides working at Mary Washington, Les enjoyed traveling and had a wonderful social life. He was happy to finally travel back to his birthplace and rediscover his heritage. He will be greatly missed by all.
Les was preceded in death by his wife; two brothers, Peter Kovacs and Eugene Kovacs; one sister, Claire Kovacs Palmai; and his parents, Eugen Kovacs and Helen Neumann Kovacs.
He is survived by four children, Peter, Christine, Heidi and Kimberly; two sisters, Gabi Pederson of Denmark and Anna Kovacs of Maryland; and seven grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jacob, Steven, Nicholas, Alexis, Bailey and Zoe.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel, where a service will be conducted at
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to his preferred charities: Feed the Children, any cancer society, Hospice of America or a local firefighting station.