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Bertha "Peppy" Duff

January 21, 1924November 18, 2020

Bertha (Peppy) Duff 96, formerly from Bozrah passed away at Harrington Court in Colchester Nov. 18, 2020. She was born in Norwich on Jan. 21, 1924 to the late Emanuel and Persephone Andriote. She was predeceased by her husband Aaron Duff in 2004. Bertha was a proud member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Norwich her whole life. She was a member of the Trinity Ladies Philoptochos Society. She was so proud of her Greek heritage and loved her church. She enjoyed her working career at Durable’s and Grants Department Stores. She retired from Pinebrook Apartments in Norwich as a rental agent. She was a beautiful loving Mom and Yia Yia to all of her grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She adored them all. Bertha is survived by two loving sons, Michael (Sue) Duff of Ormond Beach Fla., and Raymond (Shelley) Duff of Lebanon Ct., and many friends and family. She was predeceased by her husband, daughters Linda Dower, and Christine Moody, and a grandson Matthew Moody. A Special Thank You to the staff at Harrington Court. Visitation will be Tuesday 10: a.m. at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Norwich with Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. at the Church. Masks are required and social distancing will be required. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery Norwich. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to your favorite charity in her name. Please visit www.labenskifuneralhome.com to leave an online tribute or condolence.

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cheryl markovic heely

November 23, 2020

Growing up next door to the Duff family was the most wonderful childhood experience anyone could wish for. Gracious , loving and caring people. Mrs. Duff always wanting to feed you something delicious. We spoke through the window just last month.
Till we meet again all of us, together neighbors. God rest your Soul.

Dianne Seltzer

November 23, 2020

I have so many wonderful and funny memories of my sweet Auntie over the years. One memory that vividly stands out is when I took her and my mom to Hawaii. The adventure started when I met my Mom and Auntie in Chicago where we raced to the gate laughing (me running and the two of them being pushed in wheel chairs) for our flight to Honolulu. It got even funnier once we got onto the plane (I asked the gate agent to seat us together and she put us all together in Business Class!). Also, there was the hat box she carried on her lap all the way to Honolulu! Then the stories of Auntie Peppie and my mother visiting the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor while I was at work: the two sisters alone in Honolulu with no chaperone; what could go wrong? Followed by her and my Mom joining me at the cocktail party with our Japanese Navy clients. Let your imagination wander (think WW II mindset)!

There’s a lovely memory of her and my mom at my mom’s senior living home in California singing and swaying to Harbor Lights. It was an Octoberfest party on a Sunday afternoon and they brought in this man and his piano to play during dinner. Auntie Peppie asked him to play Harbor Lights because she said that was her favorite song from WW II and thinking about the sailors (Uncle Duff???) sailing off to fight the war. All the residents in the dining room ran up and joined Peppie and Jessie....all of them swaying and singing to Harbor Lights. The two sisters lit up the party.

Then there were her visits to Washington, DC where we enjoyed introducing her to our friends. We had such fun taking her and my Mom to the WW II memorial, Iwo Jima. And, there was our over-the-top Greek Easter celebration and dinner when she and Prisc visited for Greek Easter one year.
We loved her so much and will miss her. I will miss hearing her tell me how much she loved me. It breaks our hearts that this virus will keep us in DC and not in Norwich on Tuesday, but she will be in our hearts forever.

John Moody

November 22, 2020

Peppy was a strong, independent woman and like a mother to me. Many happy memories with her, Tina and the boys. We loved our annual trips to CT to visit with her. Kicking off the morning with breakfast at McDonalds (Sausage McMuffin with picante sauce and coffee; sitting on the beach at Ocean Beach Park; and, later watching her strip a lobster clean in New London. May she rest in peace and her memory be an inspiration to those whose lives she touched. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to Raymond, Michael, Shelley, Sue and her grandchildren.

John Andriote

November 22, 2020

It’s funny to read Aunt Peppy’s “real” name (Bertha) because I have known her my whole life as Aunt Pep (and she told me she hated ‘Bertha’!). I love my Aunt Pep, and feel torn up about losing her to COVID-19. She was a strong, proud Greek, and inspired me to be, too. I am grateful to have been able to spend time with her in the years since I returned to eastern Connecticut. What a blessing she has been to me, to the Andriote family, to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, and to all who knew her. May she rest in peace and her memory be a blessing, always. My deepest condolences to Raymond and Michael and their families.

Sue (Andriote) Gladue

November 21, 2020

Aunt Peppy and family
I just want to say how sorry I am at the passing of an awesome woman! I do have some memories from all of our family gatherings but most of all remember her horses. Even though I was young I do have memories I will cherish always! The best one is being able to celebrate her 96th birthday with her and reconnecting after many years, thanks to my brother John! My daughter Nicole even got to meet her and we will keep that memory in our hearts! I know she is up there enjoying a beautiful reunion with our family in 1 big circle of the most amazing dance! Rest in peace Aunt Peppy
Love Sue

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FROM THE FAMILY

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