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Agnes Otvos (Igyarto)

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Visk, Hungary
Death: October 26, 1967 (70)
Hayward, Alameda, California, United States (Stroke)
Place of Burial: Hayward, Alameda, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Pal Igyarto and Rozali Igyarto
Wife of Joseph Otvos, Jr.
Mother of Joseph Ralph Otvos; Agnes Rosaland Abbitt; Emry Otvos; Paul Albert Otvos and Donald Eugene Otvos
Sister of Charles Igyarto; Louis Igyarto; Paul Igyarto; Lenna Igyarto; Bessie Gorches and 1 other

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About Agnes Otvos

The following was compiled by Mary Wilson Otvos based on her interview with Agnes in 1965 at her 50th wedding anniversary.

Agnes Igyarto Ovos was born on June 24, 1896 in Visk, Maramoros, Hungary. She was the youngest of the family of seven children namely Louis, Charley, Paul, Lenna, Rossie, Bessie and Agnes born to Paul and Rosalia Hanka Igyarto.

Agnes' grandparents were considered rich, but Agnes' parents were not. However, they did live in the richer part of Visk.

Agnes would go to her grandmother's house hoping for something to eat. Many times she was refused. So Agnes' mother told her "If someone wants to give you something, take it and say 'Thank you'. If they want to hit you, run!" Good advice.

Agnes' sister Rossie married and she and her husband moved to the Chicago area in North America. They left their two children with Agnes' parents, Paul and Rosalia. As soon as Rossie saved enough money, she asked Agnes to accompany her two children to America. Agne's mother agreed to let her go with a promise that Agnes would return home to Visk. Agnes was then about 17 years old. Her mother was getting old and wanted Agnes to assist her in her older age.

However, after arriving in America she met Joseph Otvos whom she was acquainted with from Visk. They were married on August 5, 1915 and she never returned to Hungary nor her mother again. She always felt bad that she had not kept her promise to her mother and expressed this to family over the years many times.

Agnes always worked hard whether at a laundry or on the farm in Wisconsin or at home. For example, after a long hard day of pitching hay or whatever she did on the farm, she would stay up long into the night to finish cooking for the family, cleaning, doing laundry, baking bread for the next day or doing whatever else needed to be done about the house. She had three small children at the time.

Agnes was also a good cook. She was especially remembered for her fried chicken, mashed beans, soups or her wonderful Hungarian sour cream cookies that she made at Christmas. She also made kiefles and porloish. Kiefles were made especially for wedding receptions in Hungary. The young girls would weave linen into a square about the size of a card table. Then she would embroider it. She did this counting the stitches to make her designs. The bride then tied the four corners together to form a basket. She then carried this basket on her arm to her neighbors and friends. They in turn would place an egg or two into the cloth. The eggs were used to make the kifefles.

Agnes had four children, Joseph, Agnes, Paul and 13 years later, Donald. She also had one child born dead and several miscarriages. Agnes was a good mother and super grandma. She loved children and they loved her.

Agnes liked to work in the garden. She shared the vegetables from her garden with other and had many beautiful flowers. One year for mother's day her son and wife gave her carnations. Agnes planted the stems and soon she had carnations growing. She truly had a green thumb with her home in Hayward full of fruit and nut trees, flowers and vegetable garden.

In her later years she was not in good health. When she felt good she was lots of fun. Whether playing cards (war) with the children or playing cards and games with the grown ups or having a water fight. She loved to camp, swim and fish along with her husband Joseph.

She passed away from a stroke on October 26, 1967 after returning from a fishing and camping trip to Kalamth Falls, Calfiornia, a little over three weeks after celebrating the wedding of her youngest son Donald. She was buried at the Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, Alameda, California.

Arrived in US in 1914 per 1920 census

Lived on a farm at 157 Old Wasau Rd, Stevens Point, WI per 1920 census

Lived at 516 East Chicago Ave - East Chicago, IN per 1930 census

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Agnes Otvos's Timeline

June 24, 1897
Visk, Hungary
April 7, 1916
Age 18
Chicago, Cook, IL, United States
May 1, 1918
Age 20
Chicago, Cook, IL, United States
May 11, 1919
Age 21
Chicago, Cook, IL, United States
September 19, 1920
Age 23
Steven's Point, Portage, WI, United States
February 23, 1933
Age 35
East Chicago, Lake County, Indiana, United States
October 26, 1967
Age 70
Hayward, Alameda, California, United States
Hayward, Alameda, California, United States