TILTON - Mary Theresa (Twombly) Pucci, 80, died at the Merrimack County Nursing Home Sunday, February 3, 2013.
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Theresa was born in Tilton, October 15, 1932. She was the daughter of Arthur Leo and Alexandrine Marie (Montambeault) Twombly. She resided in the Tilton and Northfield area all of her life.
She attended Tilton Northfield High School, active in music and cheerleading, a graduate of 1950. After graduation she spent the summer working in the White Mountains with her friend Mary Lou Robert. She later was employed at Holmes and Nelson Department Store in Franklin as a clerk and window dresser. She married Richard Pucci in 1954 and joined him while he served in the United States Air Force, settling in Northfield in 1957. The family moved to Tilton in 1967. Mary, referred to as Theresa or "Tweet" by most that knew her, was a homemaker for many years. She loved to knit and cross stitch and used these skills to make many presents for children, relatives and friends. She was gifted with an exceptional voice and enjoyed singing in the church choir and was often asked to sing at weddings, funerals and special events. Her children recall their father would often times talk her into singing at family events to the joy of all. She volunteered her time to the Cub Scout organization, hosting meetings and serving as a den mother. Once her youngest child reached middle school, Mary began volunteering and working outside of the home. She spent several years volunteering at the Franklin Regional Hospital and at the Winnisquam Regional Middle School as a library aide before dedicating many years as a volunteer and employee at Hall Memorial Library. One of her favorite pastimes was playing cribbage.
She was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Tilton.
She was predeceased by an infant son, Michael Richard Pucci and her husband of 41 years Richard Anthony Pucci who died April 5, 1996 and also by her sisters Anita Kelly and Madeline Gilbert and brothers Joseph, Paul and Phillip Twombly.
Family members include her children, Kathleen Anne Brooks and husband Gary of Gilmanton, Anthony Joseph Pucci and wife Gale of Northfield, Alfred Henry Pucci and wife Debbie of Belmont, Thomas Arthur Pucci and wife Connie of Tilton, and Eileen Marie Pucci of Tilton; eleven grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held Thursday, February 7, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road, Tilton.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, February 8, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Chestnut St., Tilton.
Spring burial will be held in St. John Cemetery in Tilton.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in Theresa's name, to the Hall Memorial Library, at 18 Park St., Northfield, NH 03276.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com.
William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home
584 W Main St Tilton, NH 03276
Published in The Concord Monitor on Feb. 5, 2013