Alice V. DeLuca died December 31, 2021, at home after a long illness in the arms of her husband Louis. She was born on February 2, 1935, to James and Victoria (Jeffrey) McLaughlin in Brighton, MA.
Alice graduated from Saint Columbkille High School in Brighton, MA, and worked as a telephone operator for AT&T. She married Louis DeLuca in 1953, and they moved to Wolcott, CT, in 1959, where she was a dispatcher for the Wolcott Police Department. The family moved to Long Island in 1966, and then relocated to Woodbury, CT, in 1972, where Alice became a dispatcher for the Southbury Police Department. In 1985, Alice and Lou established Village Cleaners & Irish Connections, an Irish clothing and specialty shop.
Alice retired in 2000 to spend more time with her greatest loves: her family, cross-country skiing in winter, and spending summers at her favorite beach in Marshfield, MA. She was also an avid Red Sox and UConn Women's basketball fan.
Alice was very active in her community and in her church in the spirit of caring for others. She was in the choir and Women’s Guild at St. Teresa of Avila Church until her illness. As an active member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, she was named Hibernian of the year in 2016 and St. Patrick’s Day Parade Marshal. Alice and Lou received the Woodbury Rosenberg Award for community service in 2020. She also served as chair of the Woodbury Elderly Commission.
She will be greatly missed by her husband Louis of 68 years, her brothers Charles and Robert of Massachusetts, and her children Margaret O’Toole (John Ewald), Gayle Murphy (Tom Sessa), and Robert DeLuca. Alice was predeceased by her daughter, Kathleen Hoyt, and by her siblings Loretta Duato, James McLaughlin, and Francis McLaughlin. She will be remembered by her family for her endless compassion and generosity.
Alice was a loving Nanny to grandchildren Matt Ewald (Liz Keefe), Mollie Jurewicz (Jonathan Godwin), Mark Dumonski (Wendy), Lindsay Ewald (Ross Manley), Casey Colella (Mark), Bonnie Ewald (Arjun Majithia), Oliver Murphy, Dylan Ewald (Julia Maraczi), Jonathan Hoyt, Liam Hoyt and Isabella DeLuca. In addition, Alice leaves nine great-grandchildren (soon to be 10) and many nieces and nephews. Her love for and commitment to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were exemplified by her attendance at every graduation, performance, or sporting event, as well as by her singing of lullabies to all who were fortunate to be in her care.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 6th from 5-8pm at Munson Lovetere Funeral Home located 2 School St. Woodbury, CT.
A funeral mass will take place on Friday, January 7th at 11am at St. Teresa of Avila Church located 146 Main St S, Woodbury. Burial will follow services at Old North Cemetery in Woodbury.
Donations in her memory can be made to Carolyn’s Place, Waterbury, CT.
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