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Angela Trucks, 69

Angela Trucks of Westport, wife and mother, civic leader, teacher, master gardener, and beautification “vigilante,” died Nov. 3 at home. She was 69.

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Angela Trucks: beautification “vigilante,” Contributed photo

She lived her days to the fullest, always engaging and encouraging people to join in her zest for what life has to offer.

While living in Westport, she served as co-chair of the Westport Beautification Committee. During her tenure, she spearheaded the rejuvenation of the Westport gateway gardens and the re-greening project of Westport’s Post Road, resulting in the planting of over 80 new trees.

Her artistic talent and love for the natural world was expressed through gardening. She became a certified master gardener and cultivated an extensive home landscape. She used her skills professionally as one of the original designers at Terrain, Westport.

She was born on Oct. 21, 1950 in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Frank H. Carey High School and SUNY New Paltz.

She grew up on Long Island where her careers included teaching, co-owner/founder of TR’s Restaurant, and an elected Village Trustee of East Williston, New York. She was one of the first female regional sales manager of Del Monte Foods, a fortune 500 company.

A devoted mother and friend, she was a staple in every community she touched. From dinners at the beach, to hosting holiday events in her home, to staging an annual Halloween spooky walk, she filled life with beautiful experiences for those around her.

She is survived by her husband William E. Trucks, her daughters Leigh Lutenski and Emma Trucks, their spouses Mark Lutenski and Jordan Padnuk, and her grandchildren Leonardo and Benjamin Lutenski, and Josephine Padnuk. She will be missed by her sister Frances Van Siclen, brother-in-law Garrett Van Siclen, nephew Peter Van Siclen, and by many cousins and friends.

Angela’s commitment to her family and daughters will stay with them forever.

Angela’s family will receive friends and family on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East. A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Norwalk Hospital in recognition of the caring and dedicated nursing staff.

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