Carmelle G. Duquette, 98, wife of the late Wilfred J. Duquette, died Nov. 14, 2009, at Honey Hill Health Care Center in Norwalk.

Born in St. Cesaire, Canada, on Feb. 19, 1911, she was the daughter of the late Benonie and Roseline (Audet) Gingras. Duquette moved to Westport in 1946. A true homemaker, she enjoyed sewing and baking. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

Survivors include two daughters, Claire Faucher and her husband, Jean-Luc, of Westport, and Jacqueline Duquette and her significant other, Darrick Goodrow, of Brookfield; two step-daughters, Rita Greene of Milford and Edna Decker and her husband, Frank, of Westport; three step-sons, Gerald W. Duquette and his wife, Lillian, of Westport, Louis A. Duquette and his wife, Eleanor, of Old Saybrook, and Carl R. Duquette of Bradenton Fla.; 24 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two step-daughters, Marguerite Ference of Culpeper, Va., and Marion Hall of Cumberland, R.I.

The family extends their thanks to the staff of Honey Hill for their help and care, with a special thank you to Rose.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave., Westport. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends in Assumption Church from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, prior to the mass.

The Harding Funeral Home, Westport, is assisting the family with the arrangements. Memorial contributions in memory of Duquette may be made to Assumption Church or The Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter, 279 New Britain Road, STE 5., Kennsington, CT 06037.


Florence Gillis Lynch, 80, wife of the late William D. Lynch, died Nov. 17, 2009, in Southport.

Born in Roxbury, Mass., the daughter of the late Alexander and Jessica Anne Gillis, she was a graduate of St. Joseph's Academy in Roxbury, Mass., class of 1947.

Lynch was a long-time Westport resident who was active in the Women's Guild at St. Luke's Church and the Soup Kitchen in Norwalk. She also delivered Meals on Wheels in Westport.

She is survived by her two children, Mark W. Lynch of Westport and Susan A. Lynch of Cincinnati, Ohio; a brother, Francis Daniel Gillis of Indiana; and a sister, Jeannette Sheridan of Mansfield, Mass.

She was predeceased by her brothers, John J. Gillis and Daniel J. Gillis, and a sister, Mary Ann Sheridan.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Friday, Nov. 20, leaving the Shaughnessey-Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield, at 9 a.m. to attend a Mass of Christian burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Luke's Church in Westport. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery.

Friends may greet her family tomorrow, Nov. 19, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Robert Neil McCluckie, 68, of The Villages, Fla., previously of Fairfield and Westport, died Nov. 3, 2009.

Born Jan. 5, 1941, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran, worked for Southern New England Telephone Company for 30 years, loved to play golf, poker, and enjoy his family and life.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores; son, Evan McCluckie of The Villages, Fla.; daughter, Dina Kuhn and her husband, Keith Kuhn; and granddaughter, Ashley Kuhn, all of Fairfield; his sister, Jacquelyn Clark and her husband, Frank, of Tampa, Fla.; sister-in law, Dottie Marshall and her husband, Ralph, of Falls Village; nephew, Reid Anderson and his wife, Lesley; and seven children in England.

A memorial service took place Nov. 8 at The Villages in Florida. Interment followed in Bushnell Cemetery, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tampa General Hospital, 1 Tampa General Circle, Tampa, FL 33606, in memory of Robert N. McCluckie.