This page outlines the donations made in the honor and/or memory of a love one. On behalf of our families, we assure you that the donation will be used to expand the Habitat mission of affordable home ownership. May God comfort you during this time of loss.
Duane Lewis Luster passed away at home on October 26, 2017. Duane was 84. Born September 19, 1933 in Putnam, CT, he was the son of Marion Hazel Pugh Luster and James Luster. Duane leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 54 years, Alice Warring Luster, son Lewis Warring Luster, his wife Tiona Maria Luster and their son, Lewis Warring Luster, Jr., his sister, Joan Luster, nieces, Stephanie Knipple and Claire Odoms, nephew Peter Olenick and a host of other relatives in CT, ME, FL and RI. Duane completed his education at the UConn School of Pharmacy and worked in such pharmacies in the greater Hartford area as Maxwell Drug Store, Dougherty Drug Store, Woodland Drug Store and Ford-James Pharmacy, New England Distributing and RODCO. He was a dedicated member of the AZO Fraternity. Duane was known for his marvelous sense of humor and willingness to help friends. He loved golf and socializing with his 'golf buddies' at The Portland CT Men's Golf league. He was a volunteer for Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity where he was recognized as a Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Award in 2003, and a board member of Knox in Hartford, CT. He also participated in various roles during Glastonbury municipal and national elections. He was a wonderful and creative floral designer and was the first male National Garden Club Flower Show Judge in CT. He was a member of the Federated Garden Clubs of CT and The Country Gardeners of Glastonbury. He was a dedicated member of Asylum Hill Congregational Church where he served on and co-chaired such committees as the Welcoming Committee and the House Committee. His Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 3:00pm at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT. There are no calling hours, burial is private and at the convenience of the family. Glastonbury Funeral Home, 450 New London Tnpk., Glastonbury, CT. is assisting with arrangements. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.glastonburyfuneral.com
Jeffery (Jeff) Robert Digel began his next adventure on October 18, 2017, in Hartford, Connecticut. He was born in Rantoul, Illinois on March 29, 1956, the first of Bob and Shirley Digel's four children, and acquired his love for the outdoors growing up in McKean County, Pennsylvania. Jeff completed his undergraduate studies at Middlebury College and obtained a Master's degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He spent most of his business career in real estate finance and development, starting at Aetna before serving as a founding member, leader, and mentor at both iStar Financial in New York City and Figure Eight Properties in West Hartford. Real estate appealed to Jeff because it combined his interests in architecture, finance, geography and economics. Jeff had a wonderful sense of fun and adventure. He was always in search of his next activity, which manifested itself in a broad array of interests including skiing, biking, sailing, golfing, hiking, hunting, and travel. In the rare event a friend or family member was going on an adventure that Jeff wasn't already leading, he immediately joined in. He was also an enthusiastic learner who always had a book at hand, typically involving American history or politics. He was active in his community as a philanthropist. Notably, he was the co-founder and first chairman of the board of Covenant Preparatory School, an independent, interfaith, tuition-free middle school for boys from under-served families in the Hartford area. He also served on the boards of several non-profit organizations including: Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford County Habitat for Humanity, and Achievement First Hartford Academy. Jeff loved people and quickly endeared himself to them. He was an empathetic listener who truly cared about everyone he met and had countless dear friends. Most of all, Jeff loved, and was loved by, his family. They shared amazing times together that will never be forgotten: ski weeks, family holidays, summer vacations and spontaneous outings. No one could ask for a better husband, father, son, brother, or friend. He is survived by his loving wife, Jane, his sons Sam and his wife Anna, Ben, his mother Shirley, and siblings Marty and his wife Debbie, Peter and his wife Pam, Julie and her husband Brian. Jeff will be dearly missed by his family and friends, who could not be more thankful for the compassionate care he received at Hartford Hospital. A Funeral Mass in celebration of his life will be held at the Church of Saint Peter Claver, 47 Pleasant St., West Hartford, at 11 AM on Saturday, October 21st. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Covenant Preparatory School, 135 Broad St., Hartford, CT 06105, to help create an endowment fund in Jeff's name. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.molloyfuneralhome.com