Cecele Lucente Dunn
1930 - 2020
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Dunn, Cecele Lucente
Surrounded by her loving family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Cecele Lucente Dunn on June 29th, 2020, at the age of 90.
Cele was born in New Haven, CT on January 12, 1930, to the late Frank and Myrtle (Wingate) Lucente. She graduated from Weaver High School in Hartford, and met her future husband John E. (Jack) Dunn. Cele and Jack were happily married for 57 years, prior to his death in 2007.
Cele is survived by her (2) two devoted children and their spouses, who blessed her with loving care. Paula Tranchina and husband Frank, of Portland, and Frank W. Dunn and wife Susan of Waterford.
She adored her (4) four loving granddaughters and their husbands, Kelly and Christopher Cahill, Melissa and Robert Davis, Shana and Jason Proulx, Nicole and Zachery Ragland.
She cherished her (9) great-grandchildren, Owen, Emma and Patrick Cahill, Kyle and Alex Davis, Adalyn and Nolan Proulx and Evalyn and Ryder Ragland.
Also surviving are (2) two sisters and a brother-in-law Jean Langan, and Geri and Douglas Turner, and her nieces and nephews David Langan, Mark Langan, Brenda Whitehead, Sarah Turner and Stephanie Bunting who loved her dearly.
While raising her children in Middletown, CT, Cele enjoyed a 35- year career with the City of Middletown, Water and Sewer Department. Cele's family was her life, she loved and was devoted to each of them, was very proud of them all. Cele was blessed to be an integral part of her granddaughter's lives, providing guidance, support and encouragement as they pursued their goals.They brought her much joy and happiness always.
In her retirement she enjoyed spending time with her family, attending the great-grandchildren's activities and events, cooking for them, supporting their goals. Her home was always open to family and friends, and a good meal was on the table. Cele loved Jeopardy, Politics, Current Events, the Casino, Reading, Cooking, Laughing, Joking. She loved life!
All services will be private, at the convenience of the family. Cele will join her husband in Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Middletown, CT.
A Beautiful Life ~ A Wonderful Person, She Will Be Missed ~ She Will Be Remembered.
The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland, is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Middletown Press on Jul. 1, 2020.
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July 7, 2020
Dear Paula & Frankie,
Sorry for the loss of your lovely mother. Cele was a true friend to my parents, being both company and comfort to Mom during her convalescence, and a supportive friend to Dad in later years. I will always remember Cele with Jack and his cigar, and our Spencer Drive neighborhood. And, any errand at City Hall always included a visit to see Cele. Most of all, I remember how she and Mom were always laughing about something back then, and how nice it was to see Cele once again, years later, when visiting Mom.
We were lucky our parents experienced so many good times together even camping! I am grateful for these shared memories.
Diane Gionfriddo Del Cervo
Diane Del Cervo
July 4, 2020
Frank and Paula, Im truly sorry for your loss. What a wonderful mom and genuinely interested role model we could all rely on for encouragement and support. Cherish forever the truth of how often youre mom is fondly thought of and missed by many more neighborhood children, now adults, than you can imagine. Peace and love, Keep the Faith!!
Dave Gionfriddo
July 2, 2020
Deep and sincere sympathy to the entire Dunn family. I am so very sorry for your loss. Cecele lived a long and very full life, and was loved and appreciated by many for her humor and hospitality. She will be missed.
Evelyn Maher
July 2, 2020
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July 2, 2020
I am so sorry of Cele's passing
My prayers are with the family.
I shall miss her we had some good times together when we both lived at the Fernwood apartments.
Those were good years with dinner and always coffee through problems and good times. She was a joy to be around. I will miss her. May she rest in peace.
Dolores Tomasetti
July 2, 2020
Tom and I loved this woman like a mother. We spent most holidays with she and her family eating fabulous food and laughing until our sides hurt. Ill never forget our fun trips to the Casinos ! Rest In Peace Love. You will be missed every day of our lives.
Barbara and Tom Ghent
July 2, 2020
Paula - so sorry for your loss. There are so many memories, especially when I visited my Mom and Cele's smiling face was the first thing I saw when coming in the front door of the Middlesex Health Center. She always had a kind word and interested in how it was living in Maine. When she was at the different family functions, she was always the same. Classy, elegant, and always smiling. Gone but not forgotten. RIP Cele, you will be missed by many.
Pat Sunderland
July 2, 2020
ard not to love this woman- just from the stories, let alone in person. Special girl. . She will be missed.
DeeDee Curtis
July 1, 2020
I did not know Cecele but her daughter was very kind to me during a tough time in my life. It takes a special person to raise a daughter like Paula. The importance of family to Paula is extremely evident. May you Rest In Peace! Kathleen Walton ( formerly of Glastonbury,CT)
Kathleen Walton
July 1, 2020
Thank you for the love and friendship you always extended to the Cameron Family. The legendary times around the kitchen table partaking of hair cutting, coloring and setting. Never without a good cup of coffee and tons of laughter. The corner of Post Ave and Seaside brings such wonderful beach memories. How fortunate for Paula, Frankie, Gary and I to be born to such great parents. Clarie, Peg and Jacko are celebrating in heaven, let the dancing begin.
Kathleen Drajewicz
July 1, 2020
What a wonderful lady and friend to the Cameron Family. Thanks for the multiple years of hair cutting, coloring, curling, the laughs, the coffee, the Mac and Cheese and Goulash the chicken soup, and the weeks at the shore. Post Ave and Seaside will forever be in our hearts. I love you my second Mom, Peg, Clarie, and Jacko are waiting to dance !!!
Kathy Cameron Drajewicz
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