Laszlo Steven Pavel at 71, passed away at St. Elizabeth Hospice on Friday, July 23, 2021. He was surrounded by the love of his life and wife of 43 years, Mary (nee Kronforst) and their three daughters: Krissi Kirchner (John), Colleen Ford (Matt), and Katie Haag (Dan). “Papa” was adored by his 7 grandchildren: Abigail Ford (9), Hannah Ford (7), JJ Haag (5), Ingrid Kirchner (4), Griffin Ford (4), Thomas Haag (3) and Evelyn Kirchner (3). Laszlo was cherished as a brother and in-law to Agnes Lorincz (Stefan), Peter Pavel (late Kim), Dan Pavel (Nicole), Adam Pavel (Laura), Don Kronforst (Carol), John Kronforst (Kathy), and Kevin Kronforst (Sherrie), as well as an uncle, cousin, and friend to many. Although not related by blood, his best friend John Puoci (Jan) was like a “brother” for over forty years. Laszlo was preceded in death by his parents Laszlo & Agnes Pavel, Mary’s parents Donald and Beatrice Kronforst, his sister Emoke Wallace, his sister-in-law Kim Pavel, and brother-in law Steve Kronforst (Bernie).
Laszlo was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1950 after his family left their homeland of Hungary. At the age of nine, the Pavel family relocated to the United States eventually making their way to Palatine, a suburb outside of Chicago, Illinois where Laszlo spent the remainder of his childhood. Following in his dear sister Agnes’ footsteps, he attended a leading Catholic university – University of Dallas – in Irving, Texas. After graduation, Laszlo returned to Palatine and started working for Walgreens. He quickly moved up the ranks at Walgreens advancing from Assistant Store Manager to managing many Walgreens stores throughout Chicago. He met Mary at Walgreens and they married in 1978.
In 1987, Walgreens promoted Laszlo to District Manager of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky. His job brought him, Mary and their three young daughters to the tri-state and they immediately fell in love with Northern Kentucky. They raised their family in Villa Hills and even after multiple opportunities to be promoted and relocate with Walgreens, it was no surprise Laszlo put his family first and opted to keep the family in the area. He worked for Walgreens for 37 years before retiring in 2009.
Although the busiest “retired guy” ever, Laszlo always made time and would drop everything he was doing to help his daughters or any of his grandchildren. More than anything else “Papa” loved spending time with his grandchildren and bragging about them to friends, family, and all with whom he crossed paths. Learning from his own parents, Laszlo was a man of strong Catholic faith. He and Mary have been parish members at St. Joe’s in Crescent Springs since they moved to town; he completed his Cursillo Retreat in the winter of 2020; and he was part of several prayer groups. He was also very proud of his Hungarian heritage, often cooking goulash and chicken paprikash.
Laszlo was an active member at Summit Hills Country Club and served on the Board from 2014-2019. He could often be found playing golf or simply socializing with anyone up there who wanted to chat. We joked by calling him “The Mayor” of Summit Hills. Laszlo never met a stranger and was an unforgettable guy. Beyond Summit Hills, Hilton Head Island, SC was Laszlo’s “Happy Place”. The family vacationed there nearly every summer over the last 34 years and many of the family’s favorite memories involve time spent in HHI.
Laszlo had a big personality and lived his life to the fullest each day. His legacy will live on through his family and the impact he had on everyone he met. Simply put, Laszlo was one-of-a-kind and will be dearly missed.
A visitation will be held at St. Joe’s Church in Crescent Springs on Thursday, July 29
from 4:00-5:30 PM with a Memorial Service immediately following. A private interment will be held at Mother of God Cemetery and a Celebration of Life will be held at Summit Hills Country Club from 12:00-3:00 PM on Friday, July 30
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood, Kentucky (
) or Villa Madonna Academy (