Bobbie Isaacs, an admired Nassau County social worker, demon quilter, crossword puzzle ace and wife of former Newsday sports columnist Stan Isaacs, died Jan. 22 at the Quadrangle Senior Living Community in Haverford, Pa., where the couple lived since retiring from their Roslyn home six years ago. She was 82.
The cause was cancer, her husband of 58 years said.
Isaacs, who worked almost three decades at Brookville's AHRC-Nassau (formerly known as the Association for the Help of Retarded Children), remained a social worker at Quadrangle, where she organized various committees, including one that had volunteers and their dogs visit nursing homes.
"She listened to people," said Andy Weickert, a colleague at AHRC-Nassau, which works with people with disabilities. "That is what social work is all about. She exemplified what social work is."
Weickert cited one especially difficult case handled by Isaacs, in which a woman who was raising two children with severe deficiencies was guided by Isaacs to the point of founding a support group for parents in similar situations.
Bobbie and Stan were regulars on the Nassau County tennis courts, where they often played doubles on opposite sides of the net, she partnering with Hofstra history professor Michael D'Innocenzo and he with D'Innocenzo's wife -- "To make it fair," Stan said.
Natalie Bobrove was born Jan. 14, 1930, in New York City, into a family that ran a hardware store in Yonkers. "Her mother called her 'Nat,' " Stan Isaacs said, "and she didn't like that and told everyone to call her 'Bobbie.' " She attended high school in the Bronx and Yonkers and spent a year at Champlain College upstate before transferring to the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned her degree in social work.
During her senior year, Stan said, she lived in an abandoned English double-decker bus on Malibu Beach, now the location of billion-dollar homes. After graduation, she returned to New York and met Stan during a camping trip in 1952. They were married the next year.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Nancy Reznick of Philadelphia, Ann Isaacs Basch of Melrose Park, Pa., and Ellen Isaacs of San Jose, Calif.; and four grandchildren.