Mother, daughter to be honored as mayors for the day

Doris Ardry, left, and her daughter, Joyce (Ardry) Luzio, will be honored as co-Irish Mayors for the Day by the Naugatuck Ancient Order of Hibernians. –CONTRIBUTED

NAUGATUCK — The Naugatuck Ancient Order of Hibernians will honor a mother and daughter as co-Irish mayors for the day on St. Patrick’s Day.

Doris Ardry and her daughter, Joyce (Ardry) Luzio, will be recognized during a reception at 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Francis Church hall, 318 Church St. The reception, which follows a 9 a.m. mass, will include refreshments and a performance by dancers from the Horgan Academy of Irish Dance.

Doris Ardry was born in Waterbury. She graduated from St. Francis Xavier Grammar School and attended Waterbury Catholic High School. Her grandparents, Thomas and Mary Esther Lorrigan, left Ireland on the USS Alaska from the port of Queensland and settled in the U.S. in 1892, a press release stated.

She married Bernard Ardry in 1947, and the couple moved to Naugatuck and raised their five children in the borough.

She is an active parishioner of St. Francis Church. Through the years, she has served as Eucharistic Minister, on the Pastoral Council, the Fair Committee, the Liturgy Committee and the Altar Guild. She continues to be a Sunday collection counter.

She has also served as president of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and is a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary marching in many Memorial Day parades.

Joyce (Ardry) Luzio, who married Manny Luzio in 1970 and has two daughters and two grandsons, worked for Alliant Insurance Services in Cheshire for 33 years before retiring in 2013. She is an active parishioner of St. Francis Church and is currently Pastoral Council secretary, Liturgy Committee secretary and a team leader for the Hospitality Committee.

She was a Eucharistic Minister for many years and served in the CCD program as a teacher, advisor and director for more than 30 years.

On Sunday, Joyce and Manny Luzio will receive The St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation from the Archdiocese of Hartford in recognition of their many years of service to their parish.