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Magda M. Ivanyi, 83

Magda (Mandak) Ivanyi of Norwalk died Jan. 22 at her home. She was 83.

Born in Sopron, Hungary, she received her accounting degree in Budapest and has lived in Norwalk since 1954, after escaping Hungary in August 1951. She is the beloved wife of 54 years to Andrew Ivanyi.

Magda worked as a bookkeeper and comptroller for various local firms including Don Hansen Advertising of Westport, Deckers and the Law Offices of Miklos Koleszar in Norwalk and Rose Adams Construction of Westport.

She was the past president of the Hungarian Committee of Norwalk and Vicinity and has overseen many projects such as the Hungarian Heritage Wall plaque and the Freedom Fighters memorial in Freese Park.

She also hosted a weekly Hungarian language radio show on WNLK for many years.

In addition to her husband of 54 years, Andrew Ivanyi, she is survived by their children Magda Bennett of Norwalk, Andrea Brennan and her husband Bob of Sherborn, Mass., and Niki Beddoe and her husband Wally of Trumbull,six grandchildren; Bobby and Andrew Brennan and Carly, Jake, Kirk and Amy Beddoe of Trumbull, as well as brother and sister in law; Miki and Jolie Ivanyi and numerous other relatives.

A funeral mass will be held Monday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. at St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk, with burial to be held privately at a later date.

Her family will receive friends on Sunday, Jan. 25 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave, Norwalk.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hungarian American Coalition, http://www.hacusa.org or the American Diabetes Association , PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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