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Estelle C. Kukta


Published May 15, 2019

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Estelle C. Kukta, 99, of Branford died May 7 at Apple Rehab of Guilford. She was the wife of the late Julius J. Kukta. Estelle was born in New Haven March 19, 1920, daughter of the late Charles P. and Lydia Lonberg Anderson. She was born the year that women were given the right to vote, and she rarely missed the opportunity to cast her ballot. She had been a member of the Branford Democratic Town Committee.

Estelle’s first love and greatest accomplishment was her family. She was a first-class babysitter, lasagna maker and Key Lime pie baker.

Estelle is survived by her three children, Barbara Torino of Branford and John Kukta and Julius Kukta, both in California; 10 grandchildren, Kristina Torino, Beth Nawrocki, Jennifer Torino, Richard Torino, Melissa Kukta, Tammy O’Keefe, Christopher Kukta, Leslie Rains, Karl Kukta, and Andrew Kukta; nine great-grandchildren, Kameron Abbasi, Julia Abbasi, Ashlee Torino, Brandon Torino, Johan Nawrocki, Nora Torino, Jolene Kukta, Elliana Rains, and Silas Rains; and two great-, great-grandchildren, Ryker and Kiora Halford. She knew all their birthdays.

She was predeceased by her eight siblings, Anne Oller, Linnea Kmetzo, Viola Nelson, Ernest Anderson, John Anderson, Sven Anderson, Elmer Anderson, and William Anderson.

A special thanks to the members of Tabor Lutheran Church for their devotion, her many friends at Giaimo Senior Housing who looked out for her as well as Yale New Haven St. Raphael Campus Geriatric Center and Apple Rehab of Guilford; as a family we are grateful for your care.

A memorial service will be held at Tabor Lutheran Church, Branford on Friday, June 28, at 10 a.m., with burial to follow in Tabor Cemetery. Memorial donations may be sent to Tabor Lutheran Church, 45 Tabor Drive, Branford, CT 06405. For directions and her online memorial, see

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