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Pauline Eleanor Duda

Born: Sun., Apr. 1, 1934
Died: Tue., Apr. 21, 2020

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Pauline Eleanor Duda, born April 1, 1934 in Nashua, N.H. to Marguerite (Smith) and Achille Gagnon, joined her adoring husband Robert W. Duda in eternal rest this week. Polly was a loving mother to Michael, Amy (Rob), and Anya (Adam), and beloved Grammy to Amanda, Hannah and Jack. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Joan, nieces, nephews and cousins, godson Joseph, and life-long friends including Elizabeth, Ginger, Patricia, Alyce, Liz, Rae, her Westville community and healthcare colleagues. As an avid learner and theatergoer, she supported her family with encouragement and calm in equal measure. She rarely missed an occasion to let a loved one know that they were respected and cherished.
A graduate of Mount Saint Mary High School, Mount Saint Mary College, and the Dartmouth Medical School laboratory medicine program. While raising three children and working a full time job, Pauline also earned a masters degree in social work from Southern Connecticut State College. She had a lifelong passion for clinical laboratory science and worked at Sacred Heart Hospital, Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Yale Health Plan and Quest Diagnostics. She served with equal verve in her volunteer roles at 10,000 Villages, St. Aedan-St. Brendan Parish, the Schubert Theater and as a long-time supporter of the American Red Cross, the Nature Conservancy, Habitat for Humanity, and the Connecticut Food Bank. Donations can be made to any of these organizations.

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Nancy & Bill Celano
   Posted Sun April 26, 2020
To Polly---my beloved former neighbor on Marvel Rd., dear friend with whom our group shared so many good times. I am so sad. We have all reached "that age". Bill and I live in Florida, but, my sons keep me up to date about all our beloved gang in Westville. The fun we all had together, the fun our kids had together, has always been a rare thing. Our boys still keep in touch with each other after 60 years. We should be proud that we did such a good job with our kids. Eternal happiness with Bob. Continue the St. Aedan's group in Heaven. Save a place for me. Thank you for being my friend, Polly. Nancy & Bill Celano

Dottie Dincecco
   Posted Mon May 11, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Amy, Michael and Anya and family for your profound loss! I had the pleasure of getting to know your mom through our work at the Yale Health plan. Yes her efficiency and equanimity shone through as we handled many laboratory challenges - and to my delight Polly became a dear and trusted friend outside of work as well -she loved her dirty martinis!
It was a pleaure and privilege knowing Polly - take comfort in the fact that she left so much good behind! Sincerely, Dottie Dincecco

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