SALAMANCA – Amelia "Emily" Puda, 82, of Front Avenue, died Friday (Dec. 21, 2012), at The Pines Rehabilitation Center in Olean.
Born July 11, 1930, in Salamanca, she was the daughter of the late Walenty and Antoinette (Szech) Wrobel. She was married Sept. 8, 1951, in Holy Cross Church to the late Chester Puda, who predeceased her in 2008.
She was employed as a library assistant with the Salamanca Central School System at Seneca School.
Mrs. Puda was a member of the Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, the Altar and Rosary Society, the Mr. and Mrs. Club, and the Ladie's Auxiliary of the Holy Cross Athletic Club. She enjoyed bowling, bingo and trips to the casino. She was an avid baker.
Surviving are: four daughters, Deborah (Donald) Provorse of Great Valley, Karen (Timothy) Anderson of Salamanca, Donna (George) Wilberg of Sanford, N.C., and Diana (Joel) Talbot of Salamanca; seven grandchildren, Shane Provorse, Shannon (David) Fish, Kelly Anderson, Amy (Richard) Rosario, Angela Buckner, Eric (Sara) Talbot, Ryan (Joelle) Talbot; five great-grandchildren, Devon, Hali, and Jacob Fish, Elizabeth "Ellie" and Owen Talbot; a sister, Eleanore Buknis of Jefferson, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a sister, Florence Stefanski.
A Rosary of Christian Hope was recited in the O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River St., Salamanca, N.Y. by members of the Altar and Rosary Society at 4 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 23, 2012), followed by calling hours from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Funeral services were held in the funeral home Monday morning (Dec. 24, 2012), at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Peace Parish, with Rev. Patrick Melfi officiating.
Entombment was in Calvary Cemetery, Salamanca.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Our Lady of Peace Parish, Friends of the Pines of Olean, 2245 West State St., Olean, N.Y., or the Salamanca Public Library Memorial Fund.
E-condolences can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to facebook.com/onofh.
O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc Funeral Home
25 River Street Salamanca, NY 14779
Published in The Salamanca Press from Jan. 9 to Feb. 8, 2013