All services will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church. Visitation 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 14, 2023, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Fr. Joseph Cisetti presiding. A Committal Service will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Kansas City, MO, where Military Honors will be presented under the auspices of the United States Navy Honor Guard.
Robert Joseph Szabo led a rich and fulfilling life that was deeply rooted in family, community, and service. Born on July 13, 1935, in South Bend, Indiana, his journey was marked by significant milestones and meaningful connections. He passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on August 10, 2023 in KC, MO.
Bob attended Our Lady of Hungary grade school and graduated from Riley High School in South Bend, IN. After high school, he worked at Bendix Corporation for 2 years. And, in 1957, he entered the United States Navy for 2 years, where he was stationed on the U.S.S. Moale. Bob then went on to graduate from Indiana University and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon.
Bob met Mary Lou Lundergan in Louisville, KY and they were joined in marriage on June 1, 1963. And they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Together, they were blessed with four children: Kari Szabo, Timothy Robert Szabo, Erin Lynn Szabo Mertz, and Rebecca Susann Szabo Mertz.
Professionally, Bob found his niche in the vinyl siding industry, holding roles at Mastic Corporation in South Bend, IN and Variform Plastics in KC, MO. In 1982, he took a bold step by establishing his own business, K-Ter Imagineering, named after his children.
Bob’s strong faith was evident through his 52-years at St. Therese Parish, where he also contributed his musical talents to the choir for two decades. As he retired, his passion for giving back took center stage, as he dedicated his time to serving those in need through St. Vincent de Paul. Through his commitment to service, he earned the Bishop Award, a testament to his outstanding contributions to the Catholic Diocese.
Beyond his professional achievements and community involvement, his greatest joy was being a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. Nothing brought him greater joy than watching their various activities and sports. He had a knack for finding joy in simple pleasures, whether it was music, storytelling, gardening, or merely being surrounded by his family. He was an amazing man who gave great hugs and always had a kiss on the cheek for you!
Bob was preceded in death by his son, Timothy Robert (1977); his parents Joseph and Ann Szabo; and brother Ray Szabo (2020). In addition to Mary Lou, survivors include their three daughters: Kari Szabo, Erin Lynn Szabo Mertz and husband, Darren; and Rebecca Susann Szabo Mertz and husband, Brian; grandchildren: Telsie Szabo, Grant Mertz, Ayden Mertz, Barett Mertz, Avery Mertz, Garrison Mertz, Anderson Mertz, Giorgia Mertz; and 4 great grandchildren, Walker, Sadie, Grayden and Riggs; sister, Marilyn Hardy.
Robert Joseph Szabo’s life story is a tapestry woven with threads of family, faith, service, and love. His journey serves as an inspiration to all who are fortunate to hear his tale, reminding us of the profound impact one individual can have on their loved ones and the wider community.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions are suggested to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at St. Therese Parish.