February 21, 1931 – March 23, 2020
Ottilia "Lee" Podgorski, aged 89, passed away on Monday, March 23, 2020 at Care One Assisted Living in Livingston, NJ where she had resided for the past 5 years.
Lee, Aunt Ott or Mema, as her grandaughters referred to her, is survived by her son Steve, his wife Jenny and her granddaughters Kelly and Erin. She survived her husband Stephan and her sisters Marie Laudenbach, Erma Stiedl and Genevieve Padykula. Lee is also survived by her nieces and nephews Linda, Adam, Brian, Jimmy, Darlene, Bob, Karen, Gary, Charyl, their spouses, children and grandchildren.
Lee was the youngest of four daughters born in Clifton. She married Stephan Podgorski and they had one child, Steven. They lived in Paterson and then settled in Clifton where Lee spent most of her life. During that time she worked in factories, grocery stores and as a crossing guard. Before going to the assisted living facility, she lived in a 55+ community in Montville for 7 years.
Most will remember Lee as incredibly hard working and thrifty. When she became a widow at a young age, she managed to keep the house that they had recently purchased by working hard, making tough financial choices, adding an apartment to her home and successfully caring for herself and her young son Steve. Lee could be tough and a bit of a spitfire, but for those she cared about, they could do no wrong. Her Steven, her granddaughters, nieces and nephews held a close place in her heart, although in the last 16 years it was all about her Kelly and then her Erin. When you saw her out and about, she would proudly show off the pictures of her grandbabies and tell you all about them. Lee spent her free time with them in the backyard playing or on Saturdays make them chicken paprikash, bean soup, pierogies or by getting them their favorite mini M&M's, Vienna Fingers, marshmallows and rolls. She had a sense of humor, loved to laugh at family memories and enjoyed extended family gatherings. Lee took incredible care of her home and yard, she could often be found out in her yard in Clifton, hanging her laundry, puttering in the garden or hanging on the fence chatting with her neighbors.
Due to the current health crisis, there will be a service for the immediate family only at Quinn-Hopping in Livingston, with the burial immediately following at Calvary Cemetary in Paterson. A memorial luncheon in her honor will be planned at a future date for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association, https://act.alz.org/donate.
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