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Obituary: Minna (Sarrett) Panzer

Minna (Sarrett) Panzer, 97, died peacefully in her apartment on April 15, 2012, with loving family by her side. Minna was most recently of West Hartford, CT, but she lived nearly all of her adult life in Great Neck. Minna, the youngest of five children, was born in Brooklyn and she was the widow of Irving Panzer after 55 years of an exciting and loving marriage. Minna is survived by four children, Carol Mihal and her husband Bill of Glastonbury, CT, Jill of Fairfield, IA, Jonathan of Ithaca, NY, and Kenneth and his wife Susan of Roslyn; and five grandchildren. She is also survived by her devoted niece Arlyne Valdes and family of Phoenix, AZ. Although Minna spent much of her life as a loving and attentive full time mom, she retired from full-time employment at the Great Neck Library at the age of 85 after over 20 years of service which she passionately enjoyed. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed travel, financial management, and time with family and friends, and was a lifelong member of Hadassah. Minna had an incredibly brilliant smile and terrific sense of humor up until her final days, and she will be missed by all who knew her. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Program at the Hebrew Health Care, 1 Abrahms Blvd., West Hartford, CT 06117.