Tom Toth, 76

Tom Toth, 76, of Long Neck, Del., died at home on Sept. 29, 2019, of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was born on Sept. 2, 1943, in Bethlehem, Pa., son of the late Stephen S. Toth and Goldie K. (Danyi) Toth.

Toth graduated from Liberty High School in 1961 and from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 1965, with a teaching degree in biology. Later, he did graduate work at American University in Washington, D.C., and earned a master’s degree in education from Johns Hopkins University.

He taught in the Baltimore County school system for 30 years, until his retirement in 1995. He was one of three teachers chosen to start the county’s Gifted & Talented Science Program. (Toth was acknowledged in a former student’s doctoral dissertation as the junior-high biology teacher who sparked his interest in the field.) In retirement, Toth mentored students at Long Neck Elementary.

He and his wife, Cecelia “Ceil,” enjoyed traveling in the U.S. and to many foreign countries. Many summers, they opened their home to international students. They have frequently visited their many dear friends in Spain, France, Hungary and Romania through the years. Friends will remember Toth for his unique sense of humor and his love of all animals, especially the cats he rescued. He also enjoyed the ocean, skiing, gardening, reading and cooking, with Hungarian food as his specialty.

In addition to his parents, Toth was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Long. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Cecelia (Mistal) Toth; a niece, Eliza Transue and her husband, Tim, and their children, Jude, Gabriel, Christian and Sasha; a sister-in-law, Benedicta Mistal; and a brother-in-law, Michael Long.

The family thanked the doctors and nurses at Tunnell Cancer Center, the Beebe Healthcare Wound Center and hospital, and the terrific nurses from the Beebe Home Care Services and Delaware Hospice.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Beebe Medical Foundation; 902 Savannah Rd.; Lewes, DE 19958, or to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963, or to any animal rescue of choice. Condolences may be sent online at