Tiberiu “Tibor” Czigler, age 88, of Blairstown, NJ passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, April 26, 2021 at his son’s home in Blairstown, New Jersey. He was born on July 29, 1932 in Satu-Mare, Romania to Frank and Maria (nee Makranczy) Czigler. After graduating from vocational high school in 1950 he worked with his father in his father’s cabinet making business until 1961 when his father passed away from lung cancer. Then he held several positions at a government owned textile company, ending up as Director of Transportation for that company.
Tibor married the love of his life Margaret (nee Wasmer) on August 13, 1955 in Satu-Mare where they lived until July of 1973. When he grew up as a youngster, that part of Romania (the Transylvania region) was part of Hungary – a free country at the time. Tibor, as a son of a small business owner was always very ambitious, and hated living in a dictatorial communist state. When he and Margaret had two children – Susan born in 1956 and Frank born in 1961, Tibor made his dream of living in a free country his life’s purpose. He took every opportunity to apply himself to emigrate to any free country from which he knew he could eventually come to America. He tried to go to Australia, Germany, and even Israel. After numerous attempts over a 12-year period, the government thought of him as a troublemaker and finally granted him his wish to legally emigrate directly to America. He was literally given 30 days to get out with his family and with only one suitcase. He was not allowed to take any money with him or anything else of value. Despite all that, he considered that day to be one of the happiest days of his life.
He started his new life in Queens, NY, USA without a penny to his name at the age of 41, with his wife and two children – none of whom spoke any English. He worked incredibly hard (often 12-hours a day and at times 7-days a week), but he never once questioned that the USA was the land of opportunity where he wanted to raise his children. He and Margaret ended up buying their first house in Clifton NJ in 1976, and later saw their kids graduate and get married, and give them 5 grandchildren. Tibor enjoyed a life-long passion for gardening, and he especially loved to grow all kinds of vegetables.
Tibor was predeceased by his wife Margaret 4 years ago, one of his grandchildren Anna-Maria, his parents and his sister Mary. He is survived by his children, and four grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held at the Cochran Funeral Home in Hackettstown, NJ on May 7th from 10 AM to 12 Noon with services beginning at Noon.