Ilona Fillyaw

Ilona Fillyaw’s contribution to humankind -- in many, many ways, but especially medical --
began at a youthful age and continued through her 12 years as a board member for the Minnesota
Hungarians. Ilona was born in Szegvár, Csongrád County, in SE Hungary, where her father,
George Szarvas, was a blacksmith and fireman, and her mother, Ilona Szarvas, worked in the
family commercial vegetable growing and shipping business. She and her sister Appolonia
attended school in Szegvár through the eighth grade. Then, following graduation from an all girls
high school in Hódmezővásárhely, Ilona enrolled in school in Szabadka (now Subotica) to
become a teacher. Her education there, however, was cut short by the onset of World War Two.
During the war, with the help of a registered nurse cousin of hers, the teen-aged Ilona and her
sister found work in army hospital No. 205 in Szeged.

Member Spotlight: Ilona Fillyaw

By Al Nadosy in 2012

Ilona Fillyaw's contribution to humankind - in many, many ways, but especially medical - began at a youthful age and continued through her 12 years as a board member for the Minnesota Hungarians. Ilona was born in Szegvar, Csongrad County, in SE Hungary, where her father, George Szarvas, was a blacksmith and fireman, and her mother, Ilona Szarvas, worked in the family commercial vegetable growing and shipping business. She and her sister Appolonia attended school in Szegvar through the eighth grade. Then, following graduation from an all girls high school in Hodmezovasarhely, Illona enrolled in school in Szabadka (now Subotica) to become a teacher. Her education there, however, was cut short by the onset of World War Two. During the war, with the help of a registered nurse cousin of hers, the teen-aged Ilona and her sister found work in army hospital No. 205 in Szeged.

Ilona Fillyaw’s contribution to humankind -- in many, many ways, but especially medical --
began at a youthful age and continued through her 12 years as a board member for the Minnesota
Hungarians. Ilona was born in Szegvár, Csongrád County, in SE Hungary, where her father,
George Szarvas, was a blacksmith and fireman, and her mother, Ilona Szarvas, worked in the
family commercial vegetable growing and shipping business. She and her sister Appolonia
attended school in Szegvár through the eighth grade. Then, following graduation from an all girls
high school in Hódmezővásárhely, Ilona enrolled in school in Szabadka (now Subotica) to
become a teacher. Her education there, however, was cut short by the onset of World War Two.
During the war, with the help of a registered nurse cousin of hers, the teen-aged Ilona and her
sister found work in army hospital No. 205 in Szeged.

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