Adrienne Gelenczei Bazarte
After a courageous two and a half year battle against cancer my beloved wife and our daughter's loving mother, Adrienne Gelenczei Bazarte, left this earth for heaven on July 30, 2013, at age 60. She resided in Panama City Beach and Destin, Fla., and passed away at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
Adrienne was born on April 3, 1953, in Budapest, Hungary, to Dr. Emil F. and Edith K. Gelenczei. The family fled Hungary in 1956 to escape the Communist takeover of their country. The Presbyterian Church sponsored the family's journey to America and freedom where her father worked as a research doctor in veterinary medicine.
She was raised in the Midwest and Northeast states of Indiana, Wisconsin, New York, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. In 1973 she moved to Tampa, Fla., to attend the University of South Florida where she earned her bachelor's degree in psychology. There she met her future husband Joe. After graduation she moved back to Sea Isle City, N.J., and the two married on June 16, 1979, in Ocean City, N.J. They moved to Philadelphia where Joe was attending the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
After graduation they moved with the United States Air Force to Homestead Air Force Base, Fla., in 1980 where Joe was stationed as an optometrist with the rank of captain. There she gave birth to her beloved daughter, Jacqueline Adrienne Bazarte in October 1982. Jacqui was the light of her life and she was the most loving, caring and wonderful mother. In 1983 the family moved back to Tampa Bay after Joe's 3-year tour was completed.
In 1985, after a Christmas 1984 visit to the Emerald Coast, the family moved to Panama City Beach where she loved the beaches, the boating and the slower pace of life. She attended East Gate Christian Fellowship Church in Panama City Beach and loved the message of inspiration of Pastor Rob Woodrum. She also loved the ministry of Joel Olsteen and found hope and comfort in his philosophy on life and religion. She enjoyed the beach, boating, movies, sports especially FSU and Miami Dolphins football, the theater, con-certs, fine dining, casino trips to Las Vegas, Biloxi and Atlantic City, family vacations to Disney World, New Orleans, Atlanta, Tampa, Gatlin-burg, California and Atlantis in the Bahamas. She loved all of her family very much and will be missed greatly by us all.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 34 years, Joe, and their daughter, Jacqui; her sister, Edie and her husband, Jim Hurley and their two children, Lexi and Tim; her brother, Emil (Neil) F. and his wife, Jonnie Gelenczei III; her Siamese cat, Simon and many other relatives and friends whom she loved and was loved by all very much.
Adrienne is preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Emil F. and Edith K. Gelenczei II; paternal grandparents, Dr. Emil F. and Lenke Gelenczei I; and maternal grandparents, Mr. Bela and Ethel ""Nani"" Kurtz.
A memorial service and funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 17 at Point Washington Community Cemetery near Eden State Gardens in Walton County and with funeral sermon by Pastor Rob Woodrum. There she will be interned at the family plot next to her beloved mother and father.
The family would like to send a special thanks to all the staff of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for all of their kindness and compassion during her final two weeks of struggle with cancer. Dr. Chang, Dr. ""Harvey"" Hsiang, Dr. ""Henry"" Hsiang, Dr. Rushing and Dr. Chaney you are the best. Thank you very much for giving her the dignity of a chance at life as she waged her final battle against cancer.
Floral arrangements are being handled by Beachhouse Florist in Panama City Beach. In lieu of flowers donations can also be made to the American Cancer Society.
Thank you Adrienne for being a part of our lives. You will be in our hearts, thoughts and prayers forever.