BiographyIlona (née Kiss) Mermelstein is a Holocaust survivor born 1937 in Cegléd, Hungary and raised in Tápiószele, a town in Pest county, Hungary. She survived the Second World War in hiding with her mother, Klára; her grandparents did not survive. Ilona married her first husband, István Csaplaros (b. August 9, 1934; d. September 19, 1989) on May 18, 1963. They moved from Budapest to Tápiószele in 1965. The couple had one child, Csaba (Avi) Csaplaros, in 1967. István Csaplaros died in 1989. After the death of her husband, on June 30, 1990, Ilona moved to Vancouver, BC to join her sister, who had moved to Vancouver in 1971. Ilona married her second husband, Alex Sandor Mermelstein (b. December 26, 1922, Zádnya; d. February 28, 2006, Vancouver) shortly after arriving in Canada. Ilona Mermelstein lives in Vancouver, BC.