March 24, 1920 – January 22, 2010 In Loving Memory.
Colonel Gabriel “Gabe” Lazar was born in Bolj, Slovakia (then Czechoslovakia) on March 24, 1920, and died in Fairhope, Alabama, on January 22, 2010, at the age of 89, from complications to colon surgery.
He joined his father in America with his brother and mother on the Aquitania, through Ellis Island. He grew up and was elected to the City Council in Norwalk, Connecticut. He was drafted into the US Army in October 1941, and in January 1943 received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. For meritorious service in Belgium during WW II, Lazar was awarded the Belgian Fourragere. His service included tours in the Korean War 1951-1952 and in Vietnam 1962 and 1963, earning the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster and numerous service awards. Just before retiring in command of the Signal Corps at Fort Gordon, Georgia in 1970, he was awarded the Legion of Merit.
Prior to moving to Satellite Beach, Florida in 1979, Gabe lived in Atlantic Beach, Florida where he became involved in community affairs after his retirement. Besides chairing the local school advisory committee and other service activities, he was honored by being a Duncan U. Fletcher High School Senator for his interest and involvement in education. At Patrick Air Force Base, Gabe was a volunteer in Project Emeritus. He was a life member in the National and local chapter of TROA, the VFW chapter 4643 and the Military Order of World Wars. He was a life-long golfer, having scored two holes-in-one, and enjoyed travel and family.
He is predeceased by his first wife, Jean Feketi and his second wife, Florence Marie Bell.
He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Martha Bergan Lazar, of Daphne; 2 daughters, Karen Jean (Kenneth) Korach and Kimberly (Gregory) Low; sons, William (Deborah) Lazar; Mark (Susan) Lazar and Lance (Marieke) Lazar and one stepson, Frank (Maureen) Bergan. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In keeping with Gabe