Obituary for Lukas Zoltan Fekete
Lukas Zoltan Fekete the 14th was born on 2/4/1935.
Place of Birth: Torokszentmiklos, Hungary - northern great plain region of central Hungary – 2 hours East of Budapest
Parents: Elizabeth Stummer Fekete and Lukas Paul Fekete 13th
Lukas and Denes grew up playing and running free in the countryside in Hungary. The Fekete family was flourishing until 1944 when Germany invaded Hungary. They ran from the Nazis and tried to hide in the Transylvania Alps. Eventually, they got caught and Elizabeth and Lukas were drafted to serve as a doctor and nurse in the German army. As medics, they treated wounded soldiers in rail cars behind the front lines. Once the war was over, they lived as refugees in Germany for about 7 years. Lukas Paul the 13th was considered an enemy and was put into a United States war camp leaving Elizabeth alone to provide for their two young boys. By the time he was released from the camp, the Russians had invaded Hungary and they were warned not to return home. America opened their arms to refugees and the Fekete family traveled by boat to NY City in 1951 to start a new life. Lukas the 14th had to learn the language and get educated in between an active social life, playing violin, and dancing with Zsa Zsa Gabor. Lukas was a distinguished soccer player at Queens College in Flushing N.Y. and received notoriety as the leading scorer on his college team. He loved to dance and could ball room or polka with the best of them. Lukas got a Bachelor of Science from Queens College in 1959 and then worked to get his Master of Science at Canisius College by 1963. He also worked and attended Adelphi University at night so that he could become a teacher.
His first job as a new father of twins was a high school math/physics teacher in western New York. His faithful brother, Denes, helped Lukas land a job at Northrop Grumman where he worked on the very first lunar space module in the mid 1960’s. He helped design the Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (battery) that powered instruments used by the astronauts to conduct scientific experiments on the moon. After the successful Apollo mission, he was laid off and then found a job in rural upstate New York as a teacher at Herkimer County Community College. The Fekete family packed up and moved to very rural part of NY state to start a new life once again. As a college professor for nearly 30 years, he inspired many people to reach their God given potential. In addition to teaching advanced mathematics and physics, he led the Campus Christian Fellowship helping young people to have faith in Jesus Christ.
His job as a college professor afforded him time in the summer to be with his five children; Lukas, John, Mary, Paul, and Peter in Speculator, NY where he and Mary had built a cabin in the mountains. During these summers, Lukas would swim daily in the lake and teach his kids to love nature, play soccer, and grow to be spiritual men and women of faith. Lukas loved America and believed God could do great things if a nation turned to prayer and asked for healing. He held many home meetings, that he called “Holy Spirit Surprises”, where people shared their faith in song and testimony. He was also a strong proponent of having a successful marriage and ministered to almost everyone that came across his path. He was married to his faithful, loving wife, Mary Christie Fekete, for 57 years. They had many adventures together and were an incredible team.
He was a wonderful father, husband, companion, and lover of Jesus Christ. His life was marked by a search for freedom from the atrocities of WWII, from worldly wealth and possessions in NYC, and most importantly, spiritual freedom from sin through his faith and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. His family and friends believe that on December 18, 2017, he took his last step in his journey for freedom and is in heaven. He was a generous man that always puts the needs of others first. He loved God with his whole heart and was an example to us all. We will miss him greatly, but we know that he is dancing and singing in heaven, looking down on all of us. We will always love him and never forget.
Lukas leaves behind his beloved wife of 57 years Mary Christie Fekete, five children: Lukas Fekete, John Fekete (Judy), Mary Marcolin (Lorenzo), Paul Fekete (Heather), and Peter Fekete (Lindsey), and his nine grandchildren: Lyndsey, Adrianna, Matthew, Renzo, Mandy, Ava, Vincent, Ceanna, and Weston, with the tenth coming in January 2018. He is also survived by his brother, Denes Fekete.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 5pm-7pm at Townley and Wheeler Funeral Home, 21 Midline Rd., Ballston Lake, NY 12019
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 10 am at Our Lady of Grace Church, 73 Midline Rd., Ballston Lake, NY 12019
Interment will be held in the spring 2018.