Steve J. Perge died June 10, 2015, at San Simeon By The Sound in Greenport.
He was born April 27, 1920, in Endred, Romania to John Perge and Margaret Varga, the sixth of seven children. Subsequent to completing his apprenticeship as a mechanic he moved to the United States to rejoin most of his family, which had previously moved there. Steve resided in Sunnyside, Queens and was active in the New York Hungarian-American community. He later lived in Little Neck, Venice, Fla. and Mattituck.
Steve served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a motor pool mechanic stationed in England. He started his career in electroplating by joining the Queens Plating Company, ultimately becoming a coowner and secretary-treasurer of the corporation. Steve’s uncanny abilities in solving chemical, mechanical and electrical problems led the company to its period of greatest success.
His problem solving abilities extended to his non-business life; he was someone who had a genius for doing almost anything with his hands. Steve built a miniature electric powered car for his children and later re-built a gas-powered version of it for his grandchildren. He also built chalices and candle fixtures for his church and light fixtures for the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
Steve’s love, generosity and selflessness will long be remembered by his family: children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews as well as his “extended family” of fellow friends of Bill W., with whom he had a relationship of almost 65 years.
Steve was predeceased by his six sisters and his son, Ronald. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Juliana, his children Stephen (Donna) Perge and Vivien (Steven) Eisenstat, his daughter-in-law Keri Perge and his grandchildren Ian, Timothy, Joseph, Tyler and Ryan Perge and Anika Eisenstat.
A funeral service will be held Monday, June 15, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greenport and a family attended burial will be performed Tuesday, June 16, at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.
Contributions in his name can be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greenport or San Simeon By The Sound in Greenport.
DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home is assisting the family.
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