Attila Farkas, master of Hungarian pastry, influential soccer coach and possessor of seemingly unlimited gusto, died Aug. 31 after a long illness. He was 83. His family held a private ceremony on Tuesday at St. Colman Catholic church in Cleveland. An informal public memorial service is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Ohio City bakery that still bears his name.
A native of Budapest, Hungary, Farkas leaves behind his wife, Ilona, daughter Katherine Berente Laraway of Cleveland, son Nicholas Berente of South Bend, Ind., their spouses and five grandchildren. To that last group he was chauffeur, Hungarian language teacher and sports coach.
Within a day of announcing his passing, the bakery’s Facebook page received more than 100 expressions of condolence
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i grew up enjoying the same pastries you could purchase at Farkas Pastry Shop. I loved them. My cousin told me about Farkas Pastry Shop and being a Hungarian girl that loves food I was very happy. Mr. Farkas was a very likeable gentleman and we enjoyed visiting with him. I loved his dobos torte and wish I could find the same pastry where I live in South Carolina now. My husband and I send our condolences and Cleveland will be missing a very valuable person in Mr. Farkas.