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Roberta Pothanszky

Roberta T. Pothanszky (Sarkozi)

Thursday, August 4th, 1938 - Thursday, April 30th, 2020
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Roberta “Bobbie” T. Pothanszky, 81, beloved wife of Vilmos Pothanszky of Lake Worth, FL, went home to be with the LORD on Thursday, April 30, 2020 in Bridgeport, CT.

Bobbie was born on August 4, 1938 in Bridgeport, the daughter of William and Valerie Sarkozi who both predeceased her. She graduated from Roger Ludlowe High School in Fairfield. She was a CNA for several years at Ashlar of Newtown and then worked in the collections department for Grolier, Inc. (now Scholastic Corporation), from which she retired.

Bobbie and her devoted husband Vilmos (“Vili”) would have been married 55 years this May 14th. She was a proud, first-generation Hungarian who settled down with Vili to raise three children in a small house in Sandy Hook with a porch overlooking Lake Zoar. As summer approaches, we cherish the memories of many parties and picnics that Bobbie and Vili hosted on that porch. Most will remember Bobbie as a great cook, especially with veal paprikash, Hungarian nut roll, and poppy seed roll. Vili remembers his beautiful bride who glamorously dressed up to enjoy many Hungarian dances through the decades, sharing their lives with family and friends. Bobbie ran a general store they purchased in Stevenson, which became a huge success because she would not serve anything if it wasn’t homemade. In keeping with her new-found faith, she also turned the back room of the store into a Christian book library.

Bobbie always loved to sew, making most of the girl’s clothes when they were young. Eventually her creative side blossomed and she began quilting, contributing to several different quilting groups. When Bobbie made a quilt, she never followed the pattern exactly. She had a very artistic eye, and her quilts became “works of art”.

Bobbie’s unconditional love for her family and others was fueled by her quiet passion for Jesus Christ. She loved attending Beacon Hill Church in Monroe and more recently West Pines Baptist Church in Greenacres, FL. There she cherished her close friends in the seniors group, which her daughters affectionately call the “God Squad”. Bobbie joined a local chapter of The Red Hat Society in Florida, enjoying many women’s social events with friends, full of laughter and fun. She was also a member of the Hungarian Community Club of Wallingford and the American Hungarian Club in Lake Worth, FL.

In addition to her loving husband, Bobbie is survived by her son, Karl Sieling and wife Cathy of Sandy Hook; daughter, Karla Mas of Sandy Hook; and daughter, Robin Smith and husband Joel of Oxford. The enveloping hugs from “Nana” will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Ashley Sieling; Mandie Soden, husband Stephen, and adorable great-granddaughter Brianna; Billy Sieling; Sara Mas and sweet great-granddaughter Raelynn; Darcy Mas and beautiful great-granddaughter Cameron and loveable great-grandson Ryder; and Simon Smith. Bobbie is also survived by her older sister Valerie Sarason and nieces Elyse Dent and Phoebe Sarason. All of these she loved uniquely and touched deeply.

Besides her parents, Bobbie was preceded in death by her teenage grandson Randy Mas and her younger sister Suzanne Ettinger, who passed just four days before her.

Due to the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and national precautionary restrictions, a memorial service for family and friends will take place at a future date.

Condolences can be made online at www.commercehillfh.com (Commerce Hill Funeral Home of Bridgeport). Donations may be made in Bobbie’s honor to Beacon Hill Church at 371 Old Zoar Road, Monroe, CT 06468.
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Bruce Crisp Sr.

Posted at 11:13am
My condolences to the family
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Emese Juhasz

Posted at 11:47am
You are forever in our hearts. Szeretunk Bobbie neni!
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Elaine Fiorillo

Posted at 02:33pm
Dear Robin,

I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. I liked reading about her "God Squad" & Red Hat Club. She obviously gave you her lightheartedness. She's with God now, the best place anyone can be. My condolences to your dad & your entire family.

Sincerely, Elaine Fiorillo
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