Andrew John Farkas
May 20, 1941 to Nov. 1, 2013
Memorial services will be Friday for Andrew John Farkas who unexpectedly died in his sleep at his home in Boulder Creek. He was 72.
Mr. Farkas was born during the Great Depression to John Joseph and Mary Agnes Wilhelm Farkas in Longview, Wash. His family homestead initially lacked electricity and indoor plumbing, but his family tirelessly sustained their farm.
When Mr. Farkas was ten, his mother died from breast cancer. His father was unable to maintain their household without their mother’s help so Andrew and his younger sisters, RoseAnn and Theresa were taken in by various family and friends and performed chores to support their foster families. Many summers, they harvested strawberries and other crops to purchase clothes.
In high school he worked as a mason’s apprentice. Upon graduation, he served in the Army and excelled in electronics and was an expert marksman. His engineering skills helped him gain aircraft and software positions at Boeing, TRW, and Fairchild and others.
He met and married his first wife, Teresa Viramontes while at IBM. When their children, John, Catherine, and Misty. She died of cancer after 10 years. He met his latest wife, Colette Marie McLaughlin, more than a decade later. Prior to his second marriage, both lost their jobs and Mr. Farkas retired and spent his remaining years volunteering. He rescued flood and earthquake victims, supported clean-ups, and provided food services for the hungry.
He is survived by sisters RoseAnn Sands and Theresa Whitney and husband Dave of Fort Angeles, Wash.; his wife; their combined six children and 14 grandchildren.
A viewing and rosary were held Thursday, Nov. 7 and a Resurrection Mass will be held today, Friday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 13005 Pine Street in Boulder Creek followed by a and burial service at Calvary Cemetery in San Jose.
Donations in Mr. Farkas name can be made to Valley Churches United Missions, PO Box 367, Ben Lomond, CA 95005.
Condolences may be shared at www.pacificgardenschapel.com.