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Alexander  Jozsa Bodnar
  • In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be sent to the First Hungarian Reformed Church of Pittsburgh, 221 Johnston Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15207.

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“I cannot express my feelings when trying to notify Alex about my husband Miklos Gyimesi's passing, to find out that He has passed, too... Heartfelt...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Zsuzsanna Gyimesine Soltesz - MD

“I had several memorable meals at Josza's Corner, including my 70th birthday party in 2015. Alex served my group of 12 with flair and grace. He even...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Janice Kotzuk Auth - Pittsburgh, PA

“Dear Jennifer and Family, we were so saddened by hearing of your loss. We hope you find peace in knowing how his life has made an impact on many of...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Zita Toth - Pittsburgh, PA

“I have known Alex for over 50 years. He was a real force of nature: a vibrant personality, an ebullient and generous friend, and a wonderful host at...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Maxine Heller - Pittsburgh, PA

“So sorry to hear of the passing of Alex. Our family had the pleasure of dining with Alex several times. We loved his food, we loved his hospitality...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Janet Berman - Montclair, NJ

“Jennifer and Family.I am so sorry for your loss.My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.Aimee Long ”
6 of 15 | Posted by: Aimee Long - Cincinnati, OH

“My deepest sympathy to Alex's family and friends! Alex was such a warm and interesting person. And, of course, a wonderful cook. One could never just...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Judith Holman - Munhall, PA

“Alex was a man that took all of us to a better place for having known him. The amazing spirit he had made your day better. I visited as often as I...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Tony Imbarlina - Irwin, PA

“Deepest sympathies and condolences; so saddened to hear of the loss of this precious dear husband, father, son and man❤❤❤many...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Nadine Ellena - Russellton, PA

“So thankful to have met Alex while working in Hazelwood where his restaurant is located. He was an engaged and active community member, and was a...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Alfred DiRosa - Pittsburgh, PA

“Alex, you've been on my mind so much lately over the years! I'm sad we lost touch. I'll always remember your vibrant personality and laughter. You...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Erica Metzger - Philadelphia

“Dear Jennifer So sorry for your loss - may his memory be a blessing!Don ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Don Best - BUTLER, PA

“I had passed the restaurant many times and told my girls, some day I want to have dinner there! I was blessed that in 2018 they surprised me with a...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Frances Kranik Kranik Perryopolis

“To his wife and family,My deepest sympathy on passing of Alexander. May God be with you ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Dale Winning Winning - Pittsburgh, PA

“I was honored to know Mr. Bodnar and am grateful for the contributions he made to the Hungarian and Pittsburgh community. Please accept my sincere...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Victoria Komjathy - Buffalo, NY


Alexander ("Alex", "Sandor") Jozsa Bodnar of Pittsburgh, PA passed away at the age of 79 on Saturday February 26, 2022 after a year-long battle with Cancer. Born May 5, 1942, Alex was the son of Ari Bodnar and the late Dr. George T. Bodnar.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Vickers-Bodnar, his mother Ari Bodnar, his brother Dr. Peter (Suzanne) Bodnar, and three children: Geneva Wentz, Peter Kenneth Darcy and Alexis Bodnar.

Words cannot do justice to the impact he has had on his family, friends, the community, and all of those who passed thru the doors of his Jozsa Corner Hungarian Restaurant in Hazelwood.

Alex was 15 years old when he came to Pittsburgh in 1957, having fled Budapest, Hungary after participating in the 1956 Hungarian revolution. He came to the States with his parents, only the clothes on his back, and his memories of Hungary. Alex graduated from Penn Hills High School and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and began a career in advertising and marketing.

In 1982 he purchased a building in Hazelwood, PA and established it as the AJB Professional Arts Building for use as a center for the preservation of Hungarian music, dance, and language, as well as Hungarian food. He owned and operated AJB Communications and Marketing from this building for several years. In 1988 he opened Jozsa Corner Hungarian Restaurant where he "prepared family styled home cooking just like my Grandma use to make – no additives, no preservatives and everything from scratch."

One of his favorite sayings was "The minute you come to the restaurant and break bread with me you become part of the family."
The Jozsa Corner Hungarian Restaurant reflected his hospitality, earning many wonderful reviews such as "unique dining experience," "Pittsburgh gem," "fabulous food," "amazing experience". Over the years, he has had many prominent guests including Anthony Bourdain, former Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Rick Sebak. Alex had the unique ability to relate and connect with people from all walks of life. One review that stood out was "when I was growing up in Hazelwood poor with no food. He fed me for free. I am forever grateful." Alex's compassion, conviviality, knowledge of history and style of cooking made him a unique fixture on the Pittsburgh culinary landscape.

On July 1, 2019 the City of Pittsburgh City Council honored Alex with a proclamation recognizing and commending him for his commitment to preserving the Hungarian Culture in Pittsburgh, as well as congratulating him on the 30th Anniversary of Jozsa Corner. The Council also declared Monday July 1, 2019 to be Jozsa Corner Day in the City of Pittsburgh.

Alex was a dedicated volunteer and served as a member and past President of the Hungarian Ethnic Group of Western Pennsylvania. He was instrumental in having prominent choreographers come to Pittsburgh to teach the Hungarian group Hungarian folk dances performed during many years of folk festivals held at the Convention Center. He made a point to annually recognize and remember the Freedom Fighters of the (Kossuth - Petofi) Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence of 1848, as well as the Freedom Fighters of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 in which he also fought – so that we never forget these two historic events.

As past President of the 15th Ward Chamber of Commerce, he worked closely with the community to promote, grow and rebuild the community. He also served on the Hazelwood Greenway Committee.

He was a member of the First Hungarian Reformed Church for over 30 years, having served as a Council member and trustee.
While he is gone from our midst, he will never be forgotten, as he has made an indelible impression and left many fond memories for those who have crossed his path.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be sent to the First Hungarian Reformed Church of Pittsburgh, 221 Johnston Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15207.
The viewing will be from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm March 11th at the William Slater II Funeral Home, 1650 Greentree Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15220.

The funeral will be held at the First Hungarian Reformed Church of Pittsburgh, 221 Johnston Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15207 on March 12th at 11:00 am.
The public is welcome to attend both the viewing and funeral service. Those who are overseas or are unable to attend in person, can be part of the services through a Zoom meeting broadcast.

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Homewood Cemetery

1599 S Dallas Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217