Michael W. "Mike" Potyra

Michael "Mike" W. Potyra, 69, of Tolland, beloved husband of 46 years to Janet (Lane) Potyra, died Friday, April 19, 2013.

Born in Manchester, the son of the late Walter and Helen (DeVarney) Potyra, he grew up in South Windsor before moving to Tolland 44 years ago. He was a graduate of Ellsworth Memorial High School, Class of 1961, and a graduate of the University of Connecticut, Class of 1966. He owned and operated Advertising Works LLC. He was an avid UConn basketball fan and belonged to a local Corvette club. Mike and Janet enjoyed driving their Corvette.

In addition to his wife, Mike is survived by two brothers, John Potyra and his wife, Jean, and James Potyra and his wife, Rosemary, all of Stuart, Fla.; his mother-in-law, Florence Lane of South Windsor; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

His family will receive friends for calling hours on Sunday, April 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, April 22, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Wapping Cemetery, South Windsor.

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Mike would like all of us to "Keep Smiling."

Funeral Home

Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home
419 Buckland Road South Windsor, CT 06074-3709
(860) 644-2940

Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 20 to Apr. 24, 2013