Anne Luciano Duquette, 86, active volunteer, avid gardener
Anne Luciano Duquette, a Wilton resident for more than 60 years, died Thursday, Aug. 23, in Rutland, Vt. She was 86.
Born June 5, 1926 in Westport to Dominic J. Luciano and Constantina Capase Luciano, Ms. Duquette was a longtime Westport resident who graduated from Staples High School in 1944.
After marrying Roland R. Duquette in 1947 and starting her family in Westport, Ms. Duquette moved to Wilton in 1951 where she lived until shortly before her death.
She began her professional career in Westport, working for the law firm Wake & See. She later worked for more than 30 years as an executive secretary for Vesper Corp. in Fairfield.
Ms. Duquette was an active member of the Wilton Volunteer Fire Department Auxillary, the Wilton Athletic Club, and the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399 Ladies Auxillary in Westport.
More than anything, however, she loved gardening and could often be found weeding her flower and vegetable patches for hours on end, her family said.
Ms. Duquette was predeceased by her husband, Roland, on Aug. 4, 1978, as well as her six siblings: Cammillia Luciano, Dominic Luciano Jr., Samuel J. Luciano, Michael Luciano and two infant brothers.
She is survived by her two children: Raymond R. Duquette Sr. and Beth Kashner of West Pawlet, Vt., and Suzanne Duquette Yates and husband Thomas A. Yates of Wilton; five grandchildren: Keith Guinipero and Carol Fox of Hampton, N.Y.; Elizabeth Duquette Burr and husband Donald Burr of Norwalk; Raymond R. Duquette Jr. and Sarah Coppins of Granville, N.Y.; Lisa Anne Yates and Brian Kilpatrick of Easton, Mass.; and Jeff Yates of Wilton; and six great-grandchildren: Lance, Lindsay, Ashley and Heather Burr of Norwalk; and Brynn Elizabeth Duquette and Daisy McGraw of Granville, N.Y.
She is also survived by several nieces and nephews including Marjorie Anne Abott of Danby, Vt., her husband Ken Abott and children Kenneth, Cindy and Michael; Carol Luciano Swan of Westport, her husband Chris Swan and children Nicholas and Emily; Joanna Luciano of Florida; Sally Luciano of Norwalk; her former daughter-in-law, Carole Duquette ;and a large extended family.
Burial services will be private at Hillside Cemetery in Wilton.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, www.alz.org.