Danielle L. Murrugarra, former wife of Manuel T. Murrugarra of Westport, died July 6 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 73.
Danielle Murrugarra: Peru native Contributed photo
Born July 29, 1945 and raised in Lima, Peru, Danielle was part of the first class of female police officers in Lima.
Though enrolled to study medicine, Danielle immigrated to the United States in 1965, where she married Manuel T. Murrugarra, having met in their adolescent years back in Peru.
Of strong character and work ethic, Danielle was a self-employed housekeeper and became a mother to two sons, Richard and Peter.
A strong character continued to define Danielle’s later years, as she battled against Huntington’s Disease (HD) and complications as a result of HD.
Though reaching a point of not being able to care for herself anymore, she continued to try to the best of her abilities, often hiding her struggles, so that her children could flourish.
Danielle is survived by her former spouse Manuel and sons Richard and Peter of Westport, her siblings Manuel, Melchor and Angelica of Lima, Peru, Gricelda of New Jersey, and a thriving group of loving nieces and nephews. Danielle is predeceased by her brother Moises Navarro of Lima, Peru.
There will be a funeral home visitation Thursday, July 9, 4 to 8 p.m. at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave., Norwalk. Call 203-866-0747,203-866-0747, and a mass Friday, July 10 at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption. 98 Riverside Ave., with burial to follow at Assumption Cemetery, Greens Farms Road.
Donations in Danielle’s memory, may be made to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA). Flowers are also appreciated: