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Manfred Sobotka

Posted on 30 May 2014

Manfred Sobotka, a resident of Sag Harbor for 41 years, died at Southampton Hospital on Sunday, May 4. He was 84 years old.

Born in New York City on November 17, 1929, he was the son of Frederick and Lillian (Roberts) Sobotka.

Mr. Sobotka had a career as an aeronautics and electrical engineer. Working for A.I.L. he traveled extensively for 29 years in the United States and worldwide working on government space projects. After retiring he worked an additional 17 years for Southampton Lumber Corp., followed by driving the school bus for both Sag Harbor and East Hampton school districts.

Mr. Sobotka was a graduate of Farmingdale College and Hofstra University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving three years, and was a member of the Patchogue American Legion.

Mr. Sobotka is survived by his wife, the former Frances Bill. He is also survived by children Fred Sobotka of O’Fallon, Mo., Patrick Page of Nescopeck, Penn., Debra Maceluch of Yaphank, L.I. and Kendell Thommen of Sag Harbor.

He is also survived by a sister, Meredith Perone, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a son, Peter Page, and a sister, Nadine Berardi.

A graveside funeral service was held Saturday, May 10, at Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor, followed by interment.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Sag Harbor.

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