Catherine Anne Duchensky Abboubi
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World traveler, avid sports fan
Catherine (Cathy) Anne Abboubi passed away in Morristown, NJ on December 30, 2020 at the age of 71, due to complications with pancreatic cancer. She was born in Montclair, NJ to Michael and Antoinette (Sena) Duchensky on January 6, 1949.
A long time resident of Montclair and then Glen Ridge, Cathy was a graduate of Montclair High School in 1966 and also 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 organization, New York Metro Chapter.
An avid and adventurous traveler, Cathy had visited 114 countries according to the rules set up by the Traveler's Century Club. She had vacationed in countries from Abu Dhabi to Zimbabwe, visiting many countries 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, 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 to 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 the Alberta 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 NY Times crossword puzzle.
Cathy was predeceased by her daughter, Samira Abboubi Dewes. She is survived by her sister Donna Grant (Anthony) of Newton, NJ and brother Michael Duchensky of New York City. She also leaves behind two nieces, Chelsea Campanile (Nicholas) and Laura Szymczak (Nicholas) and a great nephew Nicholas Campanile.