BODNAR Barbara Esther (Csom) Bodnar, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, passed away peacefully at Connecticut Hospice June 10, 2012, after fighting a long, courageous battle with cancer. Born on July 20, 1935, Barbara was the widow of Joseph Bodnar, and loving mother to her five children and their spouses: Russell & Carol Bodnar, of Methuen, Massachusetts; Bruce & Margaret Bodnar, of Stratford, Connecticut; Joanne & Michael Lundy, of Canandagua, New York; Linda & Peter Stanisci, of Shelton, Connecticut; and Jeffrey & Kelli Bodnar, of Staten Island, New York. She was the adoring sister of Michael Csom & his wife, Linda, of Kalamazoo , Michigan ; and Robert Csom, of Bridgeport , Connecticut . Barbara is also survived by thirteen grandchildren to whom she was a devoted and caring grandmother: Christopher Byrnes; Army Specialist Benjamin Bodnar & his wife Elizabeth; Samantha Cook & her husband, Christopher; Brian Bodnar & his fiance, Adrienne Harth; Nicholas Stanisci; Cassandra Bodnar; Jessica Lundy; Sara Stanisci; Michael Lundy; Jacob Stanisci; Jack Bodnar; Ava Bodnar, and Joseph Bodnar. Sadly she did not live to see the impending birth of her first great grandchild. A graduate of Bassick High School , Barbara received her LPN and worked in the medical field for most of her life. She and her family spent seven years living in southern California during the 1960's, only to return to her roots in Connecticut where she was born. She devoted her entire life to her family, and even with such a large family never missed an organized sports game, scout event, dance performance, graduation, or any special event in which either her children or grandchildren participated. Her family was a badge of honor which she wore proudly. Her Hungarian heritage was also something of which she was fiercely proud, four of her children having their wedding receptions in the Hungarian church in which Barbara was raised. Holidays were always a special event and were attended by much of the extended family leaving indelible memories for all. Barbara's passing will leave a hole in the hearts of those who loved her, and she will be sadly missed by friends and family alike. Arrangements: She will be interred beside her husband at Mountain Grove Cemetery in a private ceremony for the immediate family. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at Huntington Congregational Church in Shelton on Saturday, August 4, 2012. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Barbara's name to Connecticut Hospice in Branford in grateful appreciation for their care, kindness and support during this difficult final month of Barbara's life. Arrangements in care of the Dennis & D'Arcy Abriola & Kelemen Funeral Home of Stratford. For any inquires or for online condolences please visit www.dennisanddarcy.com
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Published in Connecticut Post on June 12, 2012