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In Memoriam: Duane Turoczi, 70

Courtesy Honan Funeral Home
Courtesy Honan Funeral Home
Duane Carlton Turoczi of Newtown completed his Circle of Life on January 24, 2014. He was 70 years old. He died suddenly, in his home, where he resided with his wife Carol. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 11th.

Duane was born in Danbury on July 10, 1943. He is survived by his sons: Kyle and wife Lisa of Woodbury and Chad and wife Carolyn of Newtown and his precious granddaughters Sarah, Heather, Cydney and Chloe. Duane cherished the times he spent with "his girls," teaching them to fish, ride their bikes, picking them up from school and taking them to the playground and swimming with them in the pool. He was so proud of each of them and couldn't get enough hugs and kisses.

Duane is also survived by his mother-in-law Lucille Penna of Florida, his brother-in-law Larry Penna and wife Erika of New Fairfield, sister-in-law Kathie Penna (predeceased brother-in-law Kenny) of Kennebunk, Maine. Also six nephews, two nieces, his cousin Dr. John Turoczi and his wife Carol of Pennsylvania, brother Kevin, other relatives and a host of wonderful friends. Since 2005, Duane and Carol have spent winters at their place in Palm Harbor, Florida where they enjoyed the sun and beach and hanging out with their "snowbird" friends.

Duane had a stellar career starting at Perkin-Elmer and retired from Goodrich after 43 years. He was so proud to be involved in the Hexagon Project from 1966 to 1983 as a Quality Engineer, the Hubble Program as a Senior Quality Engineer and as a Manager in the Star Sensors Program Quality Directorate. During his career he received many awards for his outstanding contributions. As Duane wished, his body will be cremated and in mid-March his family will host a Celebration of His Life for the many lives his touched during his time on this earth. Duane was a fine and accomplished gentleman. Now you can breathe easy Dear and rest in peace. You made your family so proud. He will be missed each and every day.

In lieu of flowers please donate to American Lung Association, the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Obituary courtesy of Honan Funeral Home.

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