Anna Marie Duterroil
1940 - 2020
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Anna Marie Duterroil passed away on the 5th of August 2020, following a beautiful life that began in San Antonio, Texas. She will be remembered as a proud and admiring mother, a loyal friend, and a person who was curious about everything. She regarded her parents, Rose and Franz Engels as two of the finest examples of God's creation.

Her hometown, San Antonio, was always her anchor. She grew up in a multi-ethnic neighborhood surrounded by an extended family, the Pantusa relatives on her mother's side, who were beacons of familial devotion, goodness, and strength of character.

Several years after graduating from Incarnate Word High School in 1958, she married Gibson DuTerroil, her dream come true, in 1960. They were blessed with two children, Rene and Dana whom Anna considered the greatest joy of her life.

She continued to pursue a lifetime in academics and graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a Ph. D.

During the late 1970s, Anna and Gibson discovered the impressive city east of Interstate Highway 10. It was Houston. All of the newspapers were captivated by this boom town. Even TIME magazine dedicated a special issue to this miracle down the road.

A job offer from Control Data Corporation in Houston coincided with the completion of her doctoral studies and off they went. The entire family headed east for a new adventure. Once settled in Houston and commuting early in the dark morning hours to her Galleria workplace, she was so impressed with all the glowing headlights along the drive. For her, it was an electrifying experience.

Anna spent her early professional life in the petrochemical industry. In addition to her Houston work as an education analyst with Control Data, she also filled several consulting roles in Texas City designing training programs for rig operators, refinery operators, geologists, and faculty at College of the Mainland. During this time, she discovered a new world, the Texas Gulf and Galveston. She was captivated by the ocean and so began a new discovery in Anna's lifetime. She rapidly became a boat owner and expert navigator, sharing countless expeditions with family and friends.

Houston Independent School District was her next career move where she served in the Department of Technology as project manager for the development of educational software. Her last ten years in Human Resources involved recruiting, training, and placing all of the substitute teachers in HISD by utilizing a district wide telecommunications system. After retirement, Anna joined the faculty at the University of Phoenix and taught psychology for eight years.

This experience enabled her to delve into her fascination with the human mind. Most of all she was an "idea" person and coupled with her creative flair, she was always surprising friends, family, and colleagues with her breakthrough ideas. Her best reconciliation idea was to agree to "Start over," and it always worked. With a great zest for life, her favorite plan was to make memories for her children by introducing them to foreign travel and live theater. She considered her greatest accomplishment to be a mother to her son, Rene and daughter, Dana.

As a product of the Civil Rights era of the 1960s, Anna was a Liberal thinker and politically active. She was especially grateful for her long life that enabled her to witness the great strides in equality and human compassion throughout the globe. Everyone was her brother and sister.

She was preceded in death by parents, Rose and Franz Engels, brother, Frank and wife, Elaine Engels. To cherish her memory, Anna leaves behind her devoted children, Rene DuTerroil, Dana DuTerroil and son-in-law Jason Hall, her first husband, Gibson DuTerroil, her niece, Tara E. Mendicino, and a host of Pantusa and Scrivano relatives in San Antonio, Annie and Julie Pantusa, Sam and Vickie Pantusa, Jay Pantusa, her cousins, Pete Scrivano, Judy Guerra, Marilyn Marusa, and a lifetime of friends.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to San Francesco di Paola at 205 Piazza Italia, San Antonio, TX 78207.

A private interment will be held for the family.

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Published in Express-News on Aug. 9, 2020.
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September 7, 2020
To Family
My deepest condolences to you your mom was a wonderful person who I was so happy to meet
She was a treasure
Rob Johnson
August 15, 2020
Dana and Rene' we are sending you and family our deepest sympathy during this difficult time. Sincere condolences.
Alessandro and family.
August 14, 2020
Our sincere Condolences Dana and Rene. Anna Marie was a lady of grace, a truly accomplished role model who warmly welcomed everyone. No doubt the singing and dancing with uncle Franz, Aunt Rosie, and Toddy and all the others began as soon as she arrived in heaven.
Sammy and Vicky Pantusa
August 10, 2020
Anna for many years was a great friend. I always enjoyed her zest for life. We went out on her boat and had many laughs together, She was such a gracious host and person. She will be missed. RIP Anna.
nancy hawthorne
August 10, 2020
I enjoyed working with Anna at the HISD Department of Technology and would like to share my condolences with her family. She was key to the success of the department's efforts.
Susan K Sclafani
August 10, 2020
My condolences to all family and friends, especially JAY & JUDY SALEK and all family members..we grew up the neighborhood of San Francesco di Paola..Martin st., Columbus St....we grew and matured & traveled& conquered the world...Anna Marie was my room mate on a trip to Italy...she was a beautiful & prayers for all.. Vincy
Vincy Ann Ruffo Dunn
August 9, 2020
Such a life-well lived. My sincerest sympathy .
Arleen Znosko
Family Friend
August 9, 2020
Condolences Dana and Rene
Shainy Dehmami
August 9, 2020
I want to send my love to you. Know that you are in my heart. I hope my prayers will give you strength and comfort. Most sincerely, Tinker Kochwelp
Tinker Kochwelp
Family Friend
August 8, 2020
Condolences Dana and René. My family and myself had the pleasure to meet her and enjoy together a beautiful sightseeing in Chianti. We were impressed by her curiosity and kindness.Lots of love from me and my family.
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