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PULEIO, Mary E. (Watson) 81, of Hanson, and formerly of Easton, died suddenly Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. She was born and raised in Milton, daughter of Edmund V. and Anne C. Watson, and graduated from Milton High School in 1950. She will always be remembered for the love she had for her children and grandchildren. She was proud of every one of them, and fundamentally concerned for their health and success in life. Beyond her immediate family, her heart and care went out to many in the community of which she was a devoted servant. Special attention would be given to her grade-school buddies with whom she regularly shared life and laughter. A long time resident of Hanson, MA, Marys contributions to community and civic duty were many and significant. She served on the Cranberry Cove Committee, the Conservation Commission, and the Recreation Commission where she was not only Director, but also instrumental in purchasing Camp Kiwanee, a major asset for the town. She was chairman of the Camp Kiwanee Committee, and served time on the Recycling Committee, the Arts Lottery, and helped start the Hanson Recreation Drama, where she acted and made costumes for many years. She taught swimming lessons, was a teacher aid, and election worker. In 2003 she was awarded citations from both the State Legislature and Hanson Board of Selectmen for over 30 years of selfless service and dedication to conservation efforts and recreation programs for the residents of Hanson. To her family at St. Josephs Church, including her fellow Eucharistic ministers - who found great solace, comfort, and joy as friends at the Lucky Dog - and the Wonderful Wacky Widows, she was a loving participant and contributor. She remained active as member of St. Matthews Guild, as faithful and dedicated Eucharistic Minister, and as regular housekeeper for the parish rectory. In most recent years, Mary continued to work as Chair of the Board of Registrars while pursuing the humbler work of administering to the direct needs of people in her parish and local community. She was board member and volunteer for the Hanson Food Pantry at the time of her death. Her latest mission was to assure Memorial Hall was not forgotten and to perpetuate the honor and tribute for all Hanson military veterans. Besides a love for gardening and traveling, she made a mean meatball, and was a prolific knitter serving up countless mittens and afghans, etc. for her children and grandchildren. A diligent follower of current events, with a passion for fairness, decency, justice, and basic human dignity, she will be sorely missed. Mary was the devoted wife of the late Robert Joseph Puleio Sr. The loving mother of John V. Puleio and his wife Gail M. Sullivan of VT, Laura A. Leary of NH, Robert J. Puleio Jr. and his wife Mary of ME, Thomas E. Puleio of NJ, Mary M. Puleio of Taunton, and Mark J. Puleio and his wife Kimberly Austin Puleio of VT. Sister of Ellen Brennan and Nancy Douglas both of Milton. Sister in-law of Dorothy McCarthy of Chelmsford. Also survived by 14 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be held in the Leighton-MacKinnon Funeral Home 4 West Washington St. (Corner Rte. 58) Hanson Thursday Oct. 3rd, 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Funeral Mass in St. Joseph the Worker Church, (At Rte's 14 & 58) Hanson Friday Oct. 4th at 10:30 AM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend. Internment Milton Cemetery, Milton. Non-profit donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the "food fund" at the Hanson Food Pantry (an affiliate of the Boston Food Bank). Send checks(memo-food fund) to Hanson Food Pantry c/o Treasurer Elizabeth Lundgren, at 85 Harvey Circle Hanson, MA 02341 For directions or to sign an online condolence visit http://www.mackinnon funeralhomes.com/
Published in The Boston Globe on Oct. 1, 2013
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