Anne G. Duso
March 26, 1926 — Jan. 4, 2013
Anne G. Duso, 86, died on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton. She was born March 26, 1926, in Whitinsville, Mass., to Rose Avakian and Jacob Gigarjian. She married Melvin J. Duso on Nov. 20, 1946, in Roxbury, Mass., and he survives her.
Also surviving are two of her eight siblings, Elizabeth Gigarjian Hobbs and George Gigarjian; her four children and four grandchildren: Debra Duso and her daughter Melissa Willett; Mike Duso, his wife Marcia, and their children Erin, Brad and Jeremy; Nick Duso; and Jackie Duso Marsden and her husband, John.
Mrs. Duso grew up in Whitinsville, Mass. A smart and determined woman; she was the first of her family to graduate high school. She met Mel at the Star Theater in Whitinsville, where he worked. Mel went off to war but returned several years later and they married. They shared a love of music and dancing, their favorite pastime.
Anne was a long time resident of Patterson where she and Mel settled in 1960 after the culmination of Mel’s Naval career. Anne held many jobs throughout her life, but her favorite, was being a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Many memories were made and laughter shared in their home where guests were always welcome and food was always served.
Mrs. Duso was an accomplished baker who enjoyed making her favorites pies, cookies, and breads. She loved to read and always kept up with news and politics. Education was particularly important to Mrs. Duso and she was very proud that all her children and grandchildren attended college. Of all the wonderful attributes possessed by Anne, the greatest were her kind nature, gentle words, and sense of humor. She was a truly beautiful person, who instilled values and the importance of finding what makes you happy, and going out to get it. She believed that life was too short to be anything but happy. This world is better for having her in it, and she will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Her family respectfully asks that in lieu of flowers a memorial contribution be made to the V.F.W. Post 52, 513 Center St., Stockton, CA. 95202, in her honor.