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R.I.P. Mik­lós B. Peller

Mik­los B. Peller, P.E. age 80 passed away peace­ful­ly, Sat­ur­day, March 13, 2021 at his home. Beloved hus­band of Ildiko (nee Falk); dear father of Andrea Burgess Atkins (Albert Atkins), Mik­los G. (Geor­gana), Katali­na Speck and Vic­tor; lov­ing grand­fa­ther of Aman­da, Kather­ine and Han­nah Burgess; broth­er of Bela Peller and the late Eva Krec­sanyi of Hungary.

Mr. Peller escaped Hun­gary Novem­ber 9, 1956, after the Sovi­et inva­sion and came to the Unit­ed States. He stud­ied at West­ern Reserve Uni­ver­si­ty obtain­ing a degree in Archi­tec­ture. He com­plet­ed his grad­u­ate stud­ies in Struc­tur­al Engi­neer­ing at Case Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy. (now Case-West­ern Reserve Uni­ver­si­ty). He was imme­di­ate­ly hired at a struc­tur­al engi­neer­ing firm where with­in a decade his name became part of the firm’s name while  obtain­ing pro­fes­sion­al reg­is­tra­tion in Ohio and numer­ous oth­er states.

In 1995, after 30+ years of prac­tic­ing struc­tur­al engi­neer­ing at oth­er firms, Mik­los found­ed his own firm, Peller & Asso­ciates Struc­tur­al Engi­neer­ing firm, whose com­plet­ed projects can be found from east to west coast across the Unit­ed States, in Cana­da, as well as in South Amer­i­ca, Europe, Asia and Africa.  He became world renowned for fresh­wa­ter and salt­wa­ter aquat­ic struc­tures, as well as oth­er com­plex and unique struc­tures such as Blos­som Pavil­ion super­struc­ture in Cuya­hoga Falls, OH. He has been the esteemed recip­i­ent of numer­ous pro­fes­sion­al awards includ­ing Engi­neer of the year in 1999 and was induct­ed into the Cleve­land Engi­neer­ing Society’s Design and Con­struc­tion Hall of Fame.

Miklos’s heart was filled with music with a pas­sion for Hun­gar­i­an songs. For the past 42 years Mik­los was the litur­gi­cal organ­ist at St. Emer­ic Church in Cleve­land on a vol­un­teer basis.  He also served as the assis­tant direc­tor and piano accom­pa­nist of the Mind­szen­ty Choir for 10 years.

Always devot­ed and active in the Hun­gar­i­an com­mu­ni­ty, he enriched many events as keynote speak­er at com­mem­o­ra­tions, as lec­tur­er shar­ing his wide range of exper­tise, and with his musi­cal pre­sen­ta­tions at Hun­gar­i­an com­mu­ni­ty events. In 2009, based on 600 signed man­dates, Mik­los and his wife led a suc­cess­ful appeal to the Vat­i­can for the re-open­ing of St. Emer­ic Church which occurred in 2012. He received much acknowl­edge­ment for this almost impos­si­ble seem­ing task.  He was rec­og­nized and award­ed by the Hun­gar­i­an Asso­ci­a­tion, the Hun­gar­i­an Vet­er­ans Asso­ci­a­tion (MHBK) and the Order of St. Las­z­lo for his tire­less ded­i­ca­tion and received the pres­ti­gious Mer­it of Hon­or Com­man­ders Cross award from the Hun­gar­i­an government.He was a devout hus­band, father and grandfather. 

He was known for impromp­tu play­ing of the piano with fam­i­ly and friends gath­ered around.  He was a wealth of knowl­edge on many top­ics which he so glad­ly shared.

The fam­i­ly will receive friends 5 – 7 PM Fri­day, March 19, 2021 at Berry-McGreevey Funer­al Home 26691 Detroit Rd. West­lake, Ohio.

Funer­al Mass 11:00 am Sat­ur­day, March 20, 2021 at St Emer­ic Church 1860 W. 22nd St. Cleve­land, Ohio. 

Inurn­ment will be private.

Dona­tions in his mem­o­ry may be made to St. Emer­ic Church, 1860 W. 22nd St., Cleve­land, OH 44113.