Andrew M. Puskus, age 96, formerly of South Shore Apartments, died Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Elmwood Gardens with the customary golf channel playing in the background. He was born in Erie on August 22, 1916 a son of the late Alexander and Anna Haydu Puskus. Andy worked for American Meter Co. for over 45 years as a Plant Controller, retiring in 1981. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, and a life member of the Knights of St. John and the Sacred Heart Ushers Club. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was awarded the Bronze Star, among other medals. Andy was a kind man who truly lived his Christian faith each day of his life. He was a man who left an indelible mark on everyone he met. He lived simply and with dignity and was always known to be thoughtful and generous. He always made time to visit ailing friends and help out in any way he could. He valued family above all things. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Rita Aumer Puskus in 1997, two sisters, Ann Starosta and Margaret Johnson and a brother, Alex Puskus. He is survived by a daughter, Terre DeSantis and her husband Nick of Erie, and a granddaughter, Susanne DeSantis of Alexandria, Va., who was the light of his life. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He enjoyed all sports and was an avid fan of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He also enjoyed professional golf and basketball and, in particular, followed the careers of both Tiger Woods and LeBron James. Friends may call on Wednesday at the Francis V. Kloecker Funeral Home, Inc. 2502 Sassafras St. Erie, PA 16502 from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. and are invited to a service there on Thursday morning at 9:15 followed by the Funeral Mass at St. John the Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Send condolences to www.kloeckerfuneralhome.com Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Church, 509 E. 26th St., Erie, PA 16504 or to the Activities Fund at Elmwood Gardens, 2826 Elmwood Ave., Erie, PA, 16508. The family wishes to thank the staff at Elmwood Gardens who became like a second family. We are grateful for the loving care Andy received during this past year.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Jan. 22, 2013