Eleanor (Rutkowski) Luce, 85, of Vernon, the wife of Robert N. Luce died Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Hartford Hospital. Born in New Bedford, MA, she was the daughter of the late William and Stella Rutkowski and had lived in Vernon for most of her life.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her brother Raymond Rutkowski and his wife Estelle of Jupiter, FL., her children Daniel Luce and his wife Maryrose of Vernon, Kenneth Luce and his wife Loreen of Manchester, Ronald Luce and Jane Tessier of East Hartford, David Luce and his wife Robin of Ellington, Thomas Luce and his wife Melisa of Ellington, Marcia Luce and Glenn Safranek of Manchester; her nephew Robert Rutkowski whom she raised as her own son, who referred to Eleanor as mom, and his wife Angie of Manomet, MA; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great- grandchild. She was previously deceased by her daughter, Patricia Luce and grandson, Thomas J. Luce Jr.
Eleanor was a graduate of Hartford Public High School. She enjoyed roller-skating and met her husband of 65 wonderful years. She was married at the age of eighteen and started her family while also starting her own business, where she became a professional cake artist.
Eleanor was known by the public as the cake lady. Cakes that tasted as good as they looked! By her family she was known as the monarch. She relished her cake business, family gatherings, going on cruises with her husband other family members and friends. The two of them traveled the world together going on 50 plus cruises. She loved country music and spending time at the casino – the two of them looked forward to driving to the casino so they could sing country music the whole way there. She was passionate about her yard and loved her flower gardens and house plants.
A special thank you to her daughter, Marcia and granddaughter, Jeannette Luce for being an instrumental part of health care.
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic funeral service will occur at a later date to be determined by the family. In life she made incredible creations with her cakes that enriched so many of our life celebrations – when able we will announce her calling hours and service information to celebrate her life appropriately. The John F. Tierney Funeral Home, Manchester has care of the arrangements. For online condolences, to share a picture of her cakes or share a story please visit. www.tierneyfuneralhome.com
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