Blanka Nedela, 78, of Fairfield, the wife of George (Jiri) Nedela, died Aug. 16, 2010, at home.

Born in 1932 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, before emigrating to America she worked as a journalist in Prague and studied at Charles University. She was married in 1953 and when her husband was assigned to a post at the United Nations, they moved to New York City in 1964.

At the United Nations, she volunteered for international causes, and assisted in the United Nations Correspondent's Association. She moved to Fairfield in 1970, when her husband became a professor at Fairfield University. During the 1970s, she wrote articles that were published in various newspapers, including The Christian Science Monitor.

For more than a decade, she worked locally as an administrator in the medical profession and later worked for the Fairfield Board of Realtors. Her interests included reading, gardening, travel and photography.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Blanka Nedela of Westport and Danica Nedela Franchuk of Southport; and grandchildren, Alexandra and Nicholas.

A memorial service is planned.