Obituary: Catherine Anne Duchensky Abboubi
Catherine “Cathy” Anne Duchensky Abboubi, a former longtime resident of Montclair, died of complications due to pancreatic cancer in Morristown on Dec. 30, 2020. She was 71.
She was born in Montclair to Michael and Antoinette (Sena) Duchensky in 1949. A longtime resident of Montclair and then Glen Ridge, she was a graduate of Montclair High School in 1966 and of Montclair State University in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in English.
She was employed as a technical writer for Intel, Dialogic and Rapidata and was a member of the Society for Technical Communications, New York Metro chapter.
An avid and adventurous traveler, Ms. Abboubi visited 114 countries, according to the rules set up by the Traveler’s Century Club. She vacationed in countries from Abu Dhabi to Zimbabwe, visiting many nations multiple times.
Her favorite continent was Africa, and her favorite vacation spots were Florence, Italy, and Istanbul, Turkey. Her love of travel started with a subscription to National Geographic Magazine from her aunt, Anna Duchensky, when she was a child.
Her first adventure was a trip to Ukraine, visiting relatives with her aunt and stopping off in Russia, Greece and Italy before returning home. She had an extensive collection of African art.
Her last trip before being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November 2018 was a gorilla trek in Uganda with her brother, Michael Duchensky.
A favorite “siblings trip” was to the province of Alberta, Canada, visiting Calgary, Edmonton, the Canadian Rockies and many of Alberta’s big statues, including the World’s Largest Pierogi and World’s Largest Kielbasi in the little villages in the north of the province celebrating their Ukrainian heritage.
She also loved sports and successfully predicted the New York Mets’ World Series championship in 1969 at the start of the season. She was looking forward to an exciting season of basketball with the Brooklyn Nets and enjoyed endless football games on Sundays. She loved completing The New York Times crossword puzzle.
Ms. Abboubi is survived by her sister, Donna Grant (Anthony) of Newton; brother, Michael Duchensky of New York City; two nieces, Chelsea Campanile (Nicholas) and Laura Szymczak (Nicholas), and a great-nephew, Nicholas Campanile.
She was predeceased by her daughter, Samira Abboubi Dewes.
Arrangements were by the Caggiano Memorial Home for Funerals.