Remembering Alex Szeles: ‘kind, caring and generous man’

Alexander R. Szeles founded Alex R. Szeles Inc. fire restoration business more than 40 years ago.

Szeles, 74, of Lower Paxton Township, died June 11 in Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

He also co-founded Szeles Real Estate Development Co., Mobile-Xray Imaging and numerous other companies.

He was a member of St. Catherine Laboure Roman Catholic Church and was an Eucharistic Minister, as well as co-chairman of the development committee of St.Catherine Laboure Shrine and St. Catherine Laboure finance committee, and the Diocese of Harrisburg Finance Council.

Szeles was chairman of Harrisburg Diocese Real Estate Commission and St. Catherine Athletic Association and a Knight of Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

He and his wife, Dory, founded Delorosa House, a home for mothers and their children. He was co-chairman of the American Lung Association fundraising committee, and involved in the development of the new Bishop McDevitt High School. He and his wife also developed and funded Mother of Good Hope Church in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, along with another church/school outside Durban, South Africa, and was a member St. Catherine Nocturnal Adoration Society.

Surviving are his wife, Delorose “Dory” Foster Szeles; two sons, A. Richard Szeles and wife, Deborah B., of Harrisburg and Brian J. Szeles of Harrisburg; two daughters, Deborah A. Gelbaugh of Harrisburg and Diane J. DeVan and husband, Shain P.; two sisters, Darleen Fritz and husband, Gene, of Camp Hill and Brenda L. Bratina and husband, David, of Harrisburg; 18 grandchildren, Tarence, Todd, Travis, Anthony, CaLee, Michaela and Kolbe Gelbaugh; Alex and Ben Szeles and Monica Szeles Jones; Alexis, Brian, Seandor, Richard and Kevin Szeles; Christyan, Aaron and Anya DeVan; 10 great-grandchildren, Kayden, Leah and Bryce Gelbaugh; Ava Szeles, Amore Doyle, Brian, Caroline, Gabriella and John Szeles; and Xander DeVan.

From his guest book:

“He was a very kind and generous man, and…

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