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Laszlo Steinberger, 95

Dr. Laszlo Steinberger, a longtime Westport resident, passed away June 24, 2008, at the age of 95.

Born July 29, 1912 in Szombathely, Hungary, he earned degrees from the University of Graz, in Austria, and the University of Pécs, in Hungary. He also served in the Hungarian Army.

In 1938, with Nazism on the move in Europe, he fled Hungary for the United States. It was a decision that almost surely saved his life; most of his family perished in the Holocaust.

He settled in East Norwalk, where he opened a medical practice on West Avenue and began an association with Norwalk Hospital that would last more than half a century, until his retirement in 1993. For many years, he served as the staff physician for hospital employees.

In 1954, Dr. Steinberger relocated his family to Westport while keeping his office in East Norwalk.

In addition to his medical career, he was an accomplished pianist and an avid bridge player, opera fan, and swimmer. Into his 90s, he continued to travel to Italy for his annual summer vacation on the island of Capri.

In addition to speaking English and Hungarian, he was fluent in Italian, French, and German. He was also a talented baker whose walnut torte was the subject of an article in Saveur magazine four years ago. He was truly a Renaissance man.

Dr. Steinberger was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Violet, who died in 1995.

He is survived by his sons John, of East Norwalk, and Peter, of Portland, Ore., his daughters-in-law Rita and Maureen; his sister-in law, Evelyn Burack; his grandchildren Michael, David, Catherine, Thomas, and Julia; the spouses of three of his grandchildren, Kathleen Brennan, Alyssa Steinberger, and Gary Steadman; and his great-grandchildren James, Ava, Nazla, Lucas, and Vivian, for whom he was, and will always be, their beloved “Opapa.”

Visiting hours will be at his home in Westport on Sunday, June 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. For further information, call (203)858-0092. Donations can be made in his memory to the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, which is located at 8 East 69th St., New York, NY 10021.

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