Julius J. Varga, 95, died Nov. 3, 2010, at Hospice of the Valley care facility near his home in Sun City West, Ariz.

Born in Fords, N.J., on May 28, 1915, to the late Balint and Mary Ozian Varga, he moved to Bridgeport in 1942. Varga later became a longtime resident of Trumbull, before he moved to Arizona in 1980.

He was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Mary Marky Varga; his sister, Elsie Higgins; his brother, Ernest S. Varga; and his nephew, Robert E. Varga. He was the owner of Varga Distributing, a wholesale food and confectionary company, located on Pembroke Street in Bridgeport.

Varga's pride in his Hungarian heritage was a hallmark of his life. He knew Hungarian culture and would trace Hungarian history back a thousand years for his family and friends. He learned Hungarian as a child and remained fluent in its reading, writing and speaking for his entire life. After his retirement from Varga Distributing, he and his wife traveled extensively throughout Hungary. He has passed on many valued Hungarian traditions to his entire family.

He is survived by his nephews, Raymond E. Varga of Bridgeport, Michael J. Varga and his wife, Rhea of Fairfield, Robert Higgins and his wife, Lyn of Manasquan, N.J., James Higgins and his wife, Jacquelyne of Brick, N.J.; and his niece, Louise Varga of Easton. He is also survived by eight grand nephews and nieces, and 11 great-grand nephews and nieces. Varga also leaves behind lifelong friend, Joseph Stiber of Fairfield; and devoted friend, Elaine Ramsey of Sun City, Ariz.; as well as relatives and close friends in Budapest, Hungary.

A memorial service will take place at the Read Memorial Chapel, Mountain Grove Cemetery on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m. The chapel is located inside the main gate on the corner or North Avenue and Dewey Street in Bridgeport.

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