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Na specialne wyroznie zasluguje director domu pogrzebowego Duksa pani Michelle Olson ktora wykazala sie niesamowita troska, profesjanolnoscia i miloscia do tego co robi. Polecamy, wspaniala, niepowtarzalna osobowosc! Michelle jestes naszym Aniolem. DZIEKUJEMY❤❤❤ Wieslawa G. THANK YOU to a special funeral director Michelle Olson, who showed incredible care, professionalism and love for what she does; a great, unique personality! Michelle, you're our angel. THANK YOU Wieslawa G.

Wieslawa Grabowski

November 01, 2019

Dear Duksa Family, my family recently loss our loving father Salvatore Montenieri. Dad lived in Newington, Ct. and I live in Florida. I was very fortunate to have Dad’s funeral at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home. I’m so thankful for how comforting it was making all the arrangements from as far away as Florida. I want to express my thanks to Alex and staff for making this so easy and memorable experience. Alex welcomes me with compassion, sincerity, and kindness the day I arrived and guide me through the entire process. My family felt so comfortable from start to finish with Alex’s Compassion and sincerity. When I arrived back to my home in Florida Alex followed up with a phone call to see how I was doing and if there was anything else he could assist the family with and mentioned he is still there just in case. He is a wonderful person.

Robert Montenieri

October 22, 2019

Had many family experiences with this funeral home over the years. Compassionate, willing to explain everything, take time and allow family to make arrangements as they see fit without pushing anything on them. A family owned business that still tries to treat families as they would want to be treated at such a difficult time: with professionalism, compassion and accommodation based on needs/wants/financial restrictions.

Janina Chorzepa

October 14, 2019

We have run out of words numerous times in trying to express our gratitude for the guidance we received during a very difficult time. Our loved one had no family member able to provide her with a dignified burial, so we stepped into a very complicated situation, where not only did we need to make arrangements for an unexpected funeral, but also had to gain legal custody of the remains. We could not have done this without the exceptional compassion and guidance of Ken and Diana throughout the process. Their calm assurance and immediate response to every difficulty was remarkable. They made sure that every detail, significant to our need for a meaningful experience, was attended to. We will never be able to adequately express our appreciation for their compassionate support.

Elizabeth DeGroat/Stuart Simon

August 12, 2019

My family and I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the caring and wonderful people at Newington Memorial Funeral Home. We had the unfortunate experience of having to say goodbye to both of our parents in a span of 3 months, Paul in March and Alice in June, 2019. Alex, Ken, Michelle and Liz (et al) could not have been more helpful and considerate. My father was of Irish descent and was an incredible musician and Alex sensed our family's love of music and organized a special, heartfelt performance of "Danny Boy" prior to the prayers and final goodbyes. The Duksa team helped to facilitate the extensive video slideshow/presentation boards that I had compiled for both my parent's wake services. Alex was always a few steps ahead of us, anticipating our every need and guiding us through the process in a thoughtful, supportive way. I highly recommend Duksa Family Funeral Home, at Newington Memorial. They take great care and pride in their work and I'm grateful for their expertise and compassion. On behalf of my 2 brothers and family, thank you very much for your kindness and professionalism in honoring our Mom and Dad. Sincerely, Paul McMahon

Paul McMahon

July 16, 2019

Where do I begin? Gratitude even in its simplest form is unable to capture how incredibly grateful my family and I are for the wonderful blessings at Duksa Family Funeral Homes @ Newington Memorial. Our Mamita was our world, our universe, and her care after welcoming the Lord's embrace was immensely important to my family and I. From the moment I met with Casey to discuss preliminary preparations for our beloved "Mamita" before her passing; to the gentle handling of her body by Jason at Amberwoods of Farmington, her home since January; to my initial meeting with owner Diana Duksa-Kurz, who magnificently spearheaded everything during all of the services; to the cadre of impressive, caring, compassionate professionals (Diana, Casey, Liz, Max, Neil, Richard, Jay, Butch, Mary, Susan, hopefully I did not forget anyone) who left no stone unturned, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Knowing the importance of having our "Mamita" cherished, celebrated, and honored during this, her final stage, you did absolutely everything to exceed every one of our expectations. Your implementation of the perfect homecoming is unmatched. There are no words that can possibly express how much your guidance, your support, your availability, your connection, your exquisite recreation of who "Mamita" was, and your attention to detail meant to my family and I. Thank you for taking such special care of her and of all of us. We will be forever grateful. Miss you all already, sending much love, hugs, and blessings, Marisol.

Dr. Marisol Ostrov

June 26, 2019

What can I say? The absolute worst part of your existence is to bury a loved one. And while you’re planning for the funeral and burial, your mind is everywhere and your mind is nowhere all at the same time. It takes special people like Ken and Michelle to help you through this difficult time. From the moment I walked in hours after my mothers death, to parting ways with Michelle at the cemetery, I felt so comfortable and so taken care of by this wonderful staff. It turns out Ken grew up in the town I now reside in: Westerly RI - and that fun fact took my mind off of the grief for a while, while we planned the funeral. I have always heard wonderful things about this funeral home and have been told to only go there. And now I know why. Thank you so much for making the worst part of one’s existence a lot easier than we imagined.

Rosita Mitera

June 14, 2019

Dear Michelle, We would like to thank you and your staff from the bottom of our hearts for doing an amazing job with Pete's funeral services. You are a very warm, compassionate and caring person. Thank you for all of your help and hard work. You went above and beyond and it truly means a lot. You are simply wonderful! Just two words to describe a person strong enough to maintain total composure in the face of tragedy, and soft enough to provide comfort and peace to those who are hurting - THANK YOU!

Maggie Ostrowski & Family

June 11, 2019

On behalf of the Riccio and Maciag families I cannot begin to thank Ken Pescatello, Frank DeMaio and the entire staff of Burritt Hill Memorial enough for the beautiful way they handled every detail for my wife, Elaine's, funeral services. Every detail from the wake to the church and cemetery, not to mention the co-ordination with the New Britain mayor's office and police department for the police escort that was provided from New Britain to Rocky Hill on behalf of my wife were simply impeccable. The care, love and respect they showed during this very difficult time for me, my family, our friends and guests is something we will never forget. Sincerely, Victor A. Riccio II

Victor A. Riccio II

March 05, 2019

We all cannot thank Duksa Funeral Home in Newington enough, in particular Ken, but also Alex, Liz and the whole staff at this amazing funeral home for the loving, kind, and incredibly timely and compassionate support we received as a result of the loss of our dear father, father-in-law, grandfather, and great grandfather, George Riordan. We learned of his passing late at night, but we received a response almost immediately from the funeral home, in spite of the hour, and assurances everything would be taken care and handled with the utmost of care and love the next morning, and they were, just as promised. They took away the worry and confusion we were all experiencing, living in all different parts of the country as to how to proceed and what we should do next! They just calmly assured us they had it under control for us and would keep him safe with them until we could all arrive and be together once again! The compassion, caring, and attention to detail was above and beyond what we ever expected, and we are so grateful to have had them at our side during this whole tiring, sad, and trying time in our lives. Thank you sooo much, Ken, and all the whole staff at Duksa Funeral Home for all your hard work you shared for making our father's passing the memorable even it turned out to be. You were immeasurable in helping us pull together family from Connecticut, Texas, Colorado, Florida, and Washington, DC. You kept us in your heart and prayers and gave us the sense of peace we were hoping to find and needed at this time of great loss to our family. Thank you, truly, from the bottom of our hearts for all of your kindness and support! Love to all, Tracy and all the Riordan Family

Tracy Riordan

January 26, 2019

When an unexpected death occurs, everything is in pieces. Thank you to Michelle for helping us to put the pieces together during a very trying time in our lives. She showed caring, compassion and effort above and beyond what her profession requires her. For that, we will be eternally grateful to her.

The Family of Nicole B. Rybka

January 10, 2019

The professionalism and compassion we received were beyond compare. Working with Ken and Michelle eased our burden at that sorrowful time. All arrangements were carefully and expertly handled for us.

The Erickson Family

December 06, 2018

A heartfelt thank you to the staff of Burritt Hill Funeral Home! Ken, Michelle, and Liz were unbelievable – warm, kind, professional – it is obvious they are passionate about their work and the services they provide. From the first moment we met Ken and Michelle they put us at ease with their caring, gentle attention. They guided us through the complex process of funeral arrangements and helped with decision-making, never rushing and always considerate. They assisted us with every detail which would have been overwhelming without their help. And Liz is an artist – the picture of my mom for the obituary and the Funeral Home entry way was crafted beautifully. We kept saying to ourselves – who provides service like this?? It was a truly remarkable experience at a very difficult time. We will always remember your warmth - the Duksa family is blessed to have you. Thank you! Sharon Pacyna & Ed Skoldberg October 2018

Sharon Pacyna and Ed Skoldberg

October 27, 2018

A huge thank you to everyone at Newington Memorial Funeral Home / Duksa Family for all the help they provided for incredible services. Everything was done professionally and with the utmost care. At the most vulnerable state and such a hard moment in life, you need a place to make you feel at ease. The empathy and professionalism was truly amazing. Working with Ken was absolutely a pleasure and a huge help. The organization and attention to detail made all the more difference. Thank you again to everyone that put together a nice service.

Collazo Family

October 22, 2018

I just wanted to say a huge Thank You for the incredible services provided by Duksa Burritt Hill. Our experience was excellent from start to finish. I would especially like to thank Michelle for her tremendous help with our dear mother Julia's funeral. She took what by no doubt was the most difficult and heart wrenching time for our family and eased the planning with her professionalism and thoughtfulness. She treated our family with warmth, sympathy and understanding.Michelle was very accommodating and always just a phone call or email away since we live out of state.Nothing was ever too much trouble and all our questions, requests and concerns were always met with am immediate response in a kind hearted manner. Michelle's guidance , suggestions and attention to detail made this very difficult process come together smoothly. She was really amazing and went above and beyond even adding some personal touches along the way which did not go unnoticed and were much appreciated. Everything from my initial contact leading up to the funeral was so well organized and we couldn't have been more pleased. I highly commend and recommend Duksa Family Funeral Home at Burritt Hill to all. Many thanks and gratitude. Teresa Upham and family Oct 2018

Teresa Upham

October 18, 2018

The Duksa family / Newington Memorial has overseen final arrangements for members of my family over the last 20 years. What a blessing to have Alex Scott manage the details with such expertise, sensitivity and care . . . . I highly recommend Newington Memorial to handle a love one's final arrangements.

John Avignone

October 11, 2018

Ken managed every step of my father’s funeral process (as well as my mother’s funeral 4 years earlier) with the utmost level of professionalism and compassion. He and the Duksa Family staff beautifully adorned the chapel with some of Dad’s memorabilia allowing family and friends to reminisce and celebrate Dad’s life. Dad would have loved the military honors that you coordinated for us at the cemetery. Thank you and God bless.

William Porri

August 13, 2018

Loosing someone close to you is one of the hardest things in life. Planing a burial service could be very hard during this difficult time. The staff at Burritt Hill Funeral Home made this experience so easy for me. Michelle was professional and understanding to our family, specially my kids who just lost their father. I was given different options for the burial to choose from to honor the death of my husband but also to respect our budget. The whole process was easy and my husband funeral services couldn’t be more beautiful. Thank you again for all you have done for us during this difficult time.


August 13, 2018

What should have been the hardest day of my life, a day I dreaded for years, was not only easier than I expected but an absolute pleasure! Our family had a forever child. My aunt came to live with me after my grandmother passed away. She was mentally challenged with cerebral palsy. She celebrated every moment of her 67 years. She was loved by our entire family, more than words could ever express. We learned so much about life from Linda. She was a precious gift, we were blessed to share in her joy. Our family never saw Linda as special needs. In our hearts she was simply Linda. We lost a beautiful child the day God carried Linda home. Ken was beyond amazing! I walked in the door shaking and within minutes, I was completely at ease. Linda's passing was handled with dignity, and tremendous respect. I felt it was an honor and a priviledge for Duksa Funeral Home to guide me through Linda's passing. There were things Ken had done before I even asked. He was diligent, hyper focused and a true professional. Most importantly, he is a man that does not come to work to perform a job. Ken is clearly passionate about the service he provides. I was never pursuaded, guilted or pushed into anything. When I left Ken, I was smiling instead of crying, the tears had lifted. My heart was warm, I felt Linda continued to be loved even after death. I knew she was truly at peace! Bless the entire Duksa Family for being caring enough to have a man like Ken on your staff! A special thanks to Ken, I truly could not have done this without you!

Maria Pastuszak

August 01, 2018

We were treated with Love and Respect during our time of Grief. They never left our side during our time despair. Treated us like Family. Highly Recommended.....

The Rakus Family

July 19, 2018

Ken helped make an unbearable situation bearable when my father passed away. He helped maneuver and gently guide us through the necessary details and selections while never feeling rushed and always felt we were genuinely cared for. The entire staff was quietly respectful, and remarkably unobtrusive. It was evident that Ken gets a “feel” for his families and cares for them accordingly. This truly is his calling and it shows…he is a treasure. Thank you to all of you!

– Beth Parent

How do you find the words to thank someone for being there to support you through an incredibly difficult time. Words can’t express the gratitude and appreciation we feel towards the staff at Newington Memorial. They are truly a family business taking care of families. There were there anticipating all of our questions and concerns; knowing what we needed even before we realized it. Their unwavering attention to even the smallest detail helped make an incredibly sad and difficult time more bearable. A special thanks to Alex, Liz, and Mary…you are our angels.

– The Manger & Quatrocelli Families

Dear Newington Memorial Family, I wish to send you the most heartfelt thank you on behalf of my family and myself for all you have done for us during our time of loss. Everyone on staff that we came into contact with was caring, genuine, and truly helpful. Navigating the steps through the loss of a loved one is difficult and confusing, but we always felt like we a resource and an advocate in you, that was only a phone call away. We are truly grateful for all you did for us and will sing your praises highly to anyone in need of services that go far beyond “final arrangements”. “Thank you” doesn’t really cover it, but we truly mean it. Be proud of who you are and what you do, because the families you help truly appreciate it.

– Megan, Tim, & Dina Moore and Nik Lux

Dear Alexander, On behalf of all of our family, we would like to thank you and your team for coordinating all of the arrangements for our Aunt’s wake and funeral. Her family and friends that attended the wake remarked how radiant she looked. Her hair and makeup were so perfect and she looked very much to be at peace. You thought of every detail throughout our planning sessions and during the church service. You assisted with the display of photos, memorabilia, the special Uconn candle, and your beautiful prayer of gratitude. We would also like to mention Liz Palaia who assisted with the Mass Program until it was perfect. In addition, a very special song for Aunt Marie “The Rose” was masterfully performed by your vocalist Steve Casillas. Again, thank you! Your expert advice, experience, and compassion placed us at ease during this difficult time. You truly impressed all of us! May God bless everyone as you continue to heal others in their time of sorrow.

– M. Adrina Bazzoni

One of the hardest things that we have to deal with in our life is the passing of a loved one. After recently experiencing this situation not long ago, I can honestly say my family has found Newington Memorial Funeral Home Family, the nicest caring group of people to deal with during preparations for the funeral of a loved one. Their care and concern at such a difficult time was so sincere and heartfelt by all of them. The care and warmth they have shown each member of my family was far beyond anything we have ever asked for. A special thanks to Alex for being with me from the preplanned funeral arrangements to the completion of all services.

– Lorraine Giansanti & Family

Dear Duksa Family, My family recently lost our dear father Joseph Valenta. We were fortunate to have his funeral at your funeral home and I wanted to express my thanks to you and you staff for making this an easy and memorable experience. I especially wanted you to know what a warm, wonderful and gracious employee you have in Ken Pescatello. Right from the start he welcomed us, addressed our concerns and made a sad experience one of grace and joy. He welcomed us with open arms and heartfelt feelings. He guided us and made the affair a beautiful experience. Please extend our heartfelt thanks to this wonderful man.

– Diane Guerette

Diana & Jim Kurz and staff took the very best care of me and my family during a tragic time in our lives 21 months ago. Everyone's compassion, patience, knowledge, sensitivity came through at every moment during the darkest time ever. Thereafter, we have benefited from Marge's knowledge of resources available to us during our grief journey. Also, Diana and staff host an annual remembrance walk where people in similar situations gather together to celebrate and remember our loved ones. Honestly, I cannot imagine being in better ... more loving care during our great time of need.

– Kim Dorey Wallis

Thank you to Diana and all of the amazing staff at Newington Memorial.. The care and compassion you provided my family was amazing to say the least.

– Peter Sweeney

We wish to thank Alex for his kindness, thoughtfulness and professionalism in helping us make arrangements for our dad, Al Wilk. During this most difficult time, Alex made it as easy as possible for us and handled many things we did not even think of doing. So much attention was given to the "little details" at the funeral home, during the service and at the cemetery. To Alex and the staff at Duksa Family Funeral Homes our sincerest gratitude.

– The Francalangia Family

Dearest Alex, There are not enough adjectives and accolades to express our heartfelt thanks for handling the arrangements for my brother, Kevin. From start to finish, you crossed every T and dotted every I. Your approach to detail & dignity goes unmatched. I will ever be able to articulate how much your compassion, sincerity & kindness have meant to myself and my family, during the most vulnerable of times. It takes a lot to stare "loss" in the face, but to have your heart smile, knowing your loved one is being taken care of with the upmost dignity & respect...well there just aren't enough words. To be able to feel "comfortable" during all of this, is something we can never thank you enough for. You and your colleagues are truly one of a kind. It is a gift to walk away from this experience with a sense of inspiration. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. The world needs more human beings like you.

– Samantha Lockery

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