Elsie C. Puza, 84, of 84 Maple Ave., Tunkhannock, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at home, surrounded by her family.
Born in Tunkhannock, she was a daughter of the late B. William and Dorothy Colbenson. She was a 1947 graduate of Tunkhannock High School. Prior to retirement in 1990, Elsie was employed by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, serving 20 years in Wyoming and Sullivan counties. She was a member of the Tunkhannock Nativity B.V.M. Catholic Church.
In addition to her parents, Elsie was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Benjamin J. Puza; brothers, Robert Colbenson Sr. and Keith Colbenson; and granddaughter, Laura Puza.
Surviving are sons, David W. Puza and wife Paula, Dennis C. Puza, Donald R. Puza and wife Sharon, all of Tunkhannock; sister, Shirley Cokely, Springville; sister-in-law, Dorie Colbenson, Tunkhannock; grandchildren, Janet Miller, Canton, Ohio; David H. Puza and wife Celeste, The Woodlands, Texas; Meredith Sprenger and husband Michael, Wesley Chapel, Fla.; Nicholas Puza and wife Chelsey, Tunkhannock; Donald R. Puza and wife Jodi, Shavertown; Brian Puza and wife Megan, Ankeney, Iowa; Steven Puza and wife Kammy, Tunkhannock; Benjamin Puza, Tunkhannock; 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at the Nativity B.V.M. Church, 99 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, on Monday at 10 a.m., with Father Richard J. Polmounter officiating. Friends are asked to go directly to church. Friends may call at the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Interment will be at the St. Joachim's Cemetery, Meshoppen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
For directions or online condolences, visit www.aplitwinfuneralhomes.com.
Harding-Litwin Funeral Home
123 West Tioga Tuckhannock, PA 18657
Published in Times Leader on May 3, 2013