Irma Lampert, age 95, formerly of Canton, left us suddenly after a brief illness, at St. Luke Lutheran Home with her loving daughter Suzanna by her bedside, fully knowing that she was indeed loved and cherished.
Irma, a woman of strength, skill , and great love was born in Hungary to Nemeti, Irma and Lampert, Lajos and was one of six children. She married, and as she put it “not before my 21st. birthday” a suiter by the name of Louis Lampert, 8 ½ years her senior, a month and a day after. Another 8 ½ years later, she gave birth to a son who they named Attila. As the Hungarian revolution became more violent, the family fled Hungary for safety, being smuggled across enemy controlled boarders carrying a toddler, silently, in the night, as if they were discovered they would all be executed.
The family made entrance to the United States thru Camp Kilmer, NJ in February of 1957 and found relatives to take them in Ohio. Irma had to teach herself English and learn to read and write on her own as there was no money to go to school. She persevered and because of her strength and wisdom learned to use her textile factory work , and cooking skills from Hungary to help support the family with additional income. She and Louis managed several ethnic social clubs over the years with Irma running the kitchen and Louis managing the bar. Little Attila would sleep on the prep table’s lower shelf until she was done and could take him upstairs to their apartment. Irma became pregnant with their second child Suzanna, six years later, while working at the same social club. When her water broke , Irma said that she couldn’t go to the hospital until she was finished washing the floor before closing the business early.
Irma’s drive and determination eventually led her to purchase Goodyear Hall Tailors in 1977 and built it into a thriving business serving many executives of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company’s world headquarters. When she felt it was time to retire, she sold the business, much to the sadness of her clientele and focused her attentions on her family, cooking amazing Hungarian specialties and baking her famous strudels.
Irma’s passing has left many broken hearts to morn her passing and eventually memories of all the loving and amazing things about her will bring a smile and laughter with replace the pain of losing a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister.
Irma has joined her husband, siblings, and parents who passed before her into eternal peace but left behind a beautiful and rich in heritage family to carry on:
A son and his spouse who cared for her in her declining years while living in Ohio, Attila Lampert and Mahlon Krautwurst
A loving and doting daughter and her spouse who took over managing her care, Suzanna and Thomas Barkett
Heartbroken grandchildren who referred to her as “Nagymama" (Hungarian for grandma)
Ashley and Thomas Vickers, Kaitlyn Barkett, and Nicholas Barkett
And the greatest joy to her of becoming a great grandmother:
Vivienne, Vittoria, Glen Thomas III, and Wynnston Vickers.
Also grieving her passing are her sister and brother still in Hungary: Juliska and Denes.
A private graveside service was held for the family. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to your favorite charity. Please sign the guest book.