Agnes Duff

agnes duff

March 13, 1926 ~ January 21, 2021

Agnes Duff Obituary

Agnes Duff died peacefully at home in Wall, NJ on January 21, 2021 at the age of 94. Known affectionately by those who knew her as “Aunt Aggie,” Agnes was a kind-hearted and loving presence in the lives of many. She began her adult life as a teacher, a passion she immersed herself in for more than three decades, teaching kindergarten and first grade in Fort Lee, NJ. She loved being around children, whether in the classroom or caring for her large circle of nieces and nephews. Agnes was a devout Catholic who truly had a heart for serving people. Upon moving to Wall, Agnes and her lifelong friend Rose Marie Battaglia, were a regular presence at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Avon. Agnes had a love of crafting. Her incredible cooking, especially her pasta, pizzelles, and wine biscuits brought joy to her large extended family and many friends, and will be missed by all.

In addition to Rose Battaglia, who passed away in November, Agnes was preceded in death by her parents Frieda (Grehl) and Patrick Duff, siblings Mary Fairbanks, Joseph Duff, Rita Graybush, Aloysius Duff, Francis Duff, Catherine Funke, Christina Fairbanks, and Patrick Duff; and beloved nephew Michael Lotito. She is survived by her sister, Therese Wheat; numerous nieces and nephews and their spouses, grand-nieces and nephews and their spouses, and great grand-nieces and nephews.

Due to Covid, the family will hold a private prayer service at Patti and Mikatarian Funeral Home in Fort Lee, NJ. A memorial service will be held at a later date at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Avon. In lieu of flowers, contributions to hospice or a favorite charity are encouraged.

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  1. We will miss you, Aggie. Every time I make gravy or pizzelles, I will remember you and how patient you were teaching me the recipes. I was always so very glad that there was another non-athletic person to share all those basketball events! We had so many wonderful times together that will not be forgotten. Sincere condolences to Aggie’s family at this sad time.

  2. Forever in my thoughts
    Forever in my heart
    You have touch me deeply by your extraordinary life
    You are missed
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Heart Heart Heart
    Trish Chapman Benevento

  3. While we are saddened by Aggie and Rose’s passing we have been enriched by their being in our lives for so long. They will both be missed so much. Our love and prayers to the family
    Val and Lee Clark

  4. I’ve had the privilege (and I don’t use that word lightly) of knowing Aggie for more than 40 years. As I told Ag on so many occasions, when on the court hers was the only voice I heard cheering regardless of the decibel level in the gymnasium lol. She was a true PC and BCC fan and a beautiful companion to Coach B.
    I was so fortunate to have maintained a friendship with Aggie after the basketball years concluded. She was one of the kindest, most generous and compassionate individuals on this earth.
    I have so many wonderful memories of Aggie which I will forever cherish. New Year’s Day (with their fabulous brunches) will never be the same.
    Rest easy, Aggie. Thank you for everything!
    Until we meet again my friend. xo

  5. Aunt Agnes you will be missed. I always loved the way you said exactly what was on your mind without a filter. Rest in peace alongside your brothers and sisters.

  6. Dearest Aggie my friend for over 60 years and dearest Roe my friend for over 70 years. My heart is sad and broken but my memories are beautiful and will be cherished forever. My heartfelt sympathy to the Wheat, Battaglia and Lotito families for their loss. With Love, Flo Peragallo

  7. To The Family Of Agnes Duff,
    Mrs. Duff was my kindergarden Teacher at school #4 in Fort Lee in the 1977- 78 school year.
    She loved to sing shirley temple songs " animal crackers in my soup" and she claimed that she
    wrote the songs !! She taught me how to put on my coat and tie my shoes. I still have the christmas
    projects we made, one being a little snowball made from cotton balls. She had this giant story board in front of the room
    that had a cartoon story about a Leopard and a giraffe, Every day we would look foward to her reading the story
    and see what would happen next. I remember Mrs Duff for thanksgiving week getting down one one knee
    and imitating the sound of an indian by putting her hands over her mouth and making a sound. She used to like to sing
    to us too. I was also sad about the passing of Mrs. Skelly who I had the next year 78-79. I just was at the patti funeral
    home a month ago when my nana died, who lived in fort lee for 58 years. RIP Mrs. Duff.

  8. I will miss you Aunt Agnes especially your wonderful spirit for life. I know that you are with the rest of the family and are watching down on us. You will always be loved.

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