Cécile C. Druzba

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MIDDLETON/SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT–The Druzba family sadly announces the passing of beloved wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt and best friend, Cécile C. Druzba, on March 22, 2019. She was 57 years old.

Born January 25, 1962 to Jeannine and Paul Marton, Cécile Claudine Marton grew up in Neshanic Station, NJ, attending Branchburg Public Schools and Somerville High School. Cécile graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck) in 1984 with a degree in communications and public relations.

Career and life events moved Cécile from her native New Jersey to New York’s Hudson Valley/Catskill Mountain area. In New York, Cécile met the love of her life, Matt, as well as some of her lifelong best friends. In 2003, Matt and Cécile moved to Middleton, WI to raise their family. Four years ago, the pull of extended family lured them to Vermont.

Wherever she called home, Cécile quickly became an active and valued member of the local community. Through her work at the Middleton Chamber of Commerce, Cécile displayed her natural gift for connecting people and supporting the city’s business community and charities. She participated on the board for Middleton Endowment; volunteered for Middleton Outreach Ministry; and took every opportunity to make life easier, better and happier for friends and strangers alike, all while she and Matt were raising three children. To honor her contributions to the community, Middleton Endowment has created The Cécile Druzba Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded annually to a deserving Middleton High School student.

Cécile’s life centered around the lives of Matt, her children and, by extension, her children’s friends. She would be the first person to volunteer for any activity involving her kids, be it piano, lacrosse, soccer, drama, booster club or other school events. Cécile was fiercely committed to her children and was committed to their well-being and happiness above all else. Her mothering instinct well extended beyond her own family, to include her children’s friends and even her personal and professional relationships. She is remembered as a true “mama bear” who could be extremely protective, loving and kind, but also firm and direct.

Cécile will be remembered for many things. She was a yogi, gourmet, skydiver, avid hiker, world traveler, and consummate reader, always curious, always learning. She was a whirlwind of energy, often starting her day with 6 a.m. yoga, and staying in constant motion with back-to-back activities. But no matter how busy her schedule was, she made time to be present with others, patiently listening, consoling, and cheerleading. Cécile seemingly always knew the absolute right thing to say or do. She loved without reservation. She helped without being asked. Her smile and laughter were infectious. 

Although her life ended unexpectedly, Cécile’s spirit of determination, resourcefulness, kindness, selflessness and compassion leaves behind a long trail of people throughout the world whose lives she touched. It is this spirit for which she’ll be fondly remembered and thoroughly missed.

She is survived by husband Matthew F. Druzba of South Burlington, VT; their three children Sierra, Joseph (Cole) and Madison. Cécile’s surviving family members also included: The Marton Family, a sister Helene (Robert) Schuster, Hamilton Twp., NJ; two brothers Jacques (Wendy) Marton, South Burlington, VT; and Marc (Sarah) Marton, Roswell, GA. The Druzba Family, parents-in-law, Joseph and Arlene Druzba, Charlottesville, VA; her sibling-in-laws, Doris (David) Harding, Wiesbaden, Germany; Diane (Robert) Doig, Ballston Spa, NY; Grace Druzba, Charlottesville, VA; Mary (Shelly) Beard, Charlottesville, VA; Kathy Druzba, Charlottesville, VA; and John Druzba, New York, NY. Many aunts and uncles (and their spouses), nieces and nephews as well as many great friends, colleagues and associates.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you remember Cécile through her favorite charities, The Alzheimer’s Association, honoring her mother, Jeannine, Alzheimer's Association (https://tinyurl.com/yav7yz2s) or Middleton Endowment, in honor of her love of the Middleton community Cécile Druzba Tribute (https://www.madisongives.org/ceciletribute).

A Memorial Celebration is scheduled for May 4 in Middleton, WI at Middleton Community Church UCC, from 12-3 p.m., and a reception at Pleasant View Golf Course from 3-6 p.m. To share memories and/or photos with the family please email RememberingCecile@gmail.com.

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