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Connie “Ma” Duquette EastPassing: October 8, 2023


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BEDFORD – Connie “Ma” Duquette East, 82, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 8, 2023, at her home surrounded by her loved ones.

Born July 6, 1941, in Hartford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of Arthur J. and Marie C. (Marcoux) Duquette.  Connie fell in love with her husband Fred East and they were quickly married on May 10, 1958.  This year they celebrated 65 loving years together.

Connie worked for North Lawrence Community Schools for many years.  Upon retirement, she and Fred continued their adventures traveling the country and making many new friends along the way.  Connie was a member of the Bedford Boat & Sportmen’s Club, Harbor Cove Boat Club in North Port, Florida, AmVets Post 312 of North Port, Florida, Stone City Corvette Club, and the Cedar Valley Golf Couples League.  Connie loved fiercely and would do anything for anyone, especially her family.

Surviving are her husband, Fred East of Bedford; children, Kathleen “Kathy” Bechtel of Bedford and Kyle Ellingsworth of Bedford; grandchildren, Adrea (Justin Smith) Simmerman, Alaina (Anthony Zrebiec) Shirley, Alex (Ashley) Shirley, Michael (Makayla) Ellingsworth, and Cody (Jaleena Graber) Ellingsworth; great-grandchildren, Jacob Simmerman, Jacey Simmerman, Jerzey Ellingsworth, Kinley Ellingsworth, Khloe Ellingsworth, and Barrett Shirley; and siblings, Ted (Chris) Duquette of Florida and Michael (Lynne) Duquette of Maine.

Her parents and son-in-law, Phil W. Ellingsworth, preceded her in death.

Cremation has been chosen.  In lieu of services, an open house will be held 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, October 14, at Connie and Fred’s residence for family and friends.

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14 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Kitty Warren (Kern) | Georgetown, TX
    Date: October 15, 2023
    Kathy and family, I am so sorry to hear that Connie passed. I have so many great memories of hanging out at your house in the summer, clothes shopping trips down to New Albany…she taught me how to make sausage gravy one Summer morning! She and Fred always modeled what a loving couple should be. Praying for your peace and comfort.
  2. Guest: Lisa Ritter | Mesa, AZ
    Date: October 14, 2023
    Sending my condolences to your family! So many wonderful memories hanging out at your house! Loved hanging out at your house & growing up in our neighborhood! 💕 Love Lisa Ritter
  3. Guest: Mike and Sue Dorsett and family | Bedford Indiana
    Date: October 14, 2023
    We're all so sorry for your family's great loss of such a kind and loving person. Our sincere sympathies to you all.
  4. Guest: DV | Bloomington
    Date: October 13, 2023
    So sorry. Pray God Comforts Acts 2:38-40 2:1-5
  5. Guest: La Vona and Herman Donica | Tavares Fl
    Date: October 12, 2023
    Connie and I became friends when we both worked at RCA. We had some fun times riding together. Such a sweet person and genuine. Sympathy to her loving family.
  6. Guest: Shannon McGinness | Bedford
    Date: October 11, 2023
    I've know Connie for many years. I worked with her at Parkview Prinary and had some of her family in my class. She was always such a kind lady and always had a big smile on her face. The PVP students loved her. A few years ago, when we lived in Venice Florida, we would often run into Connie and Fred at one of the local clubs. Sending condolences to the entire family.
  7. Guest: Sherry Todd | Heltonville, IN
    Date: October 11, 2023
    Kathy, I am so sorry about your mom. I know how close you were. It doesn't matter how old we are, it is still hard to lose a mother. I hope you are well, and happy. I would love to get together, and talk. I have so much to tell you, and I'm sure you do too. Soak in the memories, and remember the good times. Love, Sherry
  8. Guest: Gary & Rosemary Wray | Oolitic Indiana 47451
    Date: October 11, 2023
    So sorry for your loss. Connie was beautiful. Inside and out. She will be missed.
  9. Guest: Carol L. Miranda | Rehoboth, Massachusetts
    Date: October 11, 2023
    Will Miss My “sister” so much…
  10. Guest: Scott Sullivan | Bedford In
    Date: October 11, 2023
    So sorry for your loss.
  11. Guest: Rita and Mike Ramey | Bedford, IN
    Date: October 10, 2023
    Always fun and being friends of my aunt n uncle, Joe n Brenda Stevens, we visited Connie n Fred at Talidaga Speedway once and we all fit into a huge pair of underwear and laughed and had a great time And of course talked golf!!! God Bless you Fred n your family Mike n Rita
  12. Guest: Tina & Ed Gates | Bedford In
    Date: October 10, 2023
    So sorry for your loss. Our hearts are broken. You are family to us. We've shared so many good times together! Lots of laughs and a few tears. We couldn't have gotten married without you!! Know you are in our hearts and prayers!
  13. Guest: Kelly Maick | Bedford, Indiana
    Date: October 10, 2023
    To All, Ma so pretty inside and out. Always sweet and caring. Prayers for comfort. Kelly
  14. Guest: Sheila Brown | Bedford, In
    Date: October 10, 2023
    Fred & family, So snotty for your loss but know she no longer suffers. You are in my thoughts & prayers. Sheila