Born April 1, 1914
Died October 22, 2020 at the age of 106.5 years
Putnam – Born in Betygala, Lithuania, she was the thirteenth and youngest child of Kotryna and Juozas Lipcius and spent her youth in Kaunas, Lithuania.
She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Vytautas Didysis, continuing her graduate studies at the University of Sorbonne in Paris. She was a professor of French Linguistics before WWII, as well as a budding poet and writer.
She married Paulius Augius – Augustinavicius, a well-known Lithuanian artist. The family fled the occupation in 1944 and lived in Austria during the war, then ending up in Memingen, Germany after the war. They emigrated to the USA in 1949 and settled in Chicago while raising four children. After being widowed in 1961, Danute began to work at Loyola University School of Dentistry where she worked until her retirement.
Danute was very active in the Chicago Lithuanian community over the years as well as a very devout Catholic attending mass daily. In 1985 she moved to Putnam, CT and became a lay member of the Immaculate Conception order of sisters. Her youngest daughter lived nearby and was just starting her family so Danute became an integral part of the lives of her three youngest grandchildren, watching them grow up.
Danute Augius wrote four books of poetry for children, as well as a number of plays, stories and articles. She was an avid reader, correspondent, and knitter.
Her passing is mourned by her four children, Rasa, Jurgis, Dziugas and Ruta; her nine grandchildren, Mark, Alana, Povilas, Andrius, Lina, Krista, Paulius, Laima and Rima; and two great- grand daughters, Alexis and Rachel.
She traveled to Lithuania regularly to visit her remaining siblings, nieces, and nephews. In 2004, after experiencing a debilitating injury to her lower back she ended up in residence at Matulaitis Nursing Home in Putnam where she lived until her passing last week.
Funeral services will be postponed until next year when all can attend, due to the current situation. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanandValade.com.