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Asheville - Mary Louise Lucassen Puchalski, 84, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals.

A native of New York, NY, she was a daughter of the late Lucas and Nellie Barrett Lucassen. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Anthony Puchalski, who died in 2008, as well as one granddaughter, Victoria Avitabile.

She is survived by her four daughters, Ellen Champlin and her husband, Robert, of North Kingston, RI, Jean Avitabile and her husband, Anthony, of Bronx, NY, Marianne Affinito and her husband, Anthony, of Asheville and Julie Trizano and her husband, Donald, of Arden; two sisters, Catherine Fitzpatrick of Las Vegas, NV and Sister Therese Marie Lucassen of Lawrenceville, NJ as well as seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, February 27, 2014 at St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church with Father Adrian Porras officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Churchyard. The family will receive friends from 5-8 PM Wednesday, February 26, with a Rosary to be said at 7:00 PM at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian.

The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, you please consider a memorial donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (

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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Feb. 25, 2014
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