Justine (Scott) Potrepka, 75, of The Villages, Florida, and formerly of Southington, entered into eternal life on August 31, 2022 after a courageous and hard fought 5-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was the beloved wife of Robert F. Potrepka for 54 years. Born October 11, 1946, Justine was the daughter of the late Mark A. and Anita (Verseckas) Scott.
Justine is survived by her loving husband, Robert “Bob” Potrepka of the Villages, FL, two children, Susan Thompson and her husband, Mark of Sarasota, FL and son Kevin Potrepka and his wife, Tina of Cheshire and her grandchildren who she adored, Davis and Tess Thompson and Allison and Ryan Potrepka. She also leaves a brother, Mark W. Scott and his wife, Claudia, of Greenacres, FL, sister, Debra (Scott) Busto and her husband Domenic, of the Villages, FL, brother-in-law, James Potrepka of Plantsville and two sisters-in-law, Marianne Reynolds of Durham, CT and Kathleen Potrepka of South Portland, Maine. She is also survived by several nephews and nieces as well as her friends, near and far. In addition to her parents, Justine was predeceased by her granddaughter, Amanda Potrepka.
After graduating from Waterbury Catholic High School, Justine began her career at SNET. She then met the love of her life, Bob, at a dance at Bantam Lake on July 25, 1965 and they were married on September 2, 1967. After living in both Iowa City, Iowa and then Arlington, VA, they moved back home to Southington where she was a stay-at-home mom until her children were both in school. After raising her children, Justine returned to the workforce at AE Group and then Harvest Medical, both in Southington. She then began working at Aetna Insurance in Middletown where she started as an HR secretary and climbed the ranks for 20 years, retiring as an executive assistant. Upon retirement, in 2007, Justine and Bob moved to a sunnier and warmer locale in The Villages, FL where she enjoyed playing golf with her friends and family. She always enjoyed telling us she got a “birdie” or a “par.” She also participated in Neighborhood Block parties as well as going on cruises with her Virginia Trace neighbors. Justine looked forward to vacations in Aruba and traveling to see her children and grandchildren in Naperville, IL and Cheshire. “Grammy” loved spending time with her family during visits to their home and baking special treats for them. She was a warm, loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Justine’s memory may be made to The American Cancer Society (https://www.cancer.org/).
A private graveside will be held at St. Thomas Cemetery, Southington. Plantsville Funeral Home has been entrusted with handling the arrangements. For online condolences and directions, please visit www.plantsvillefuneralhome.com.