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Sonia Mercedes Morales Puopolo, 58, died on September 11 on American Airlines Flight 11. Sonia Mercedes Morales Puopolo, an internationally recognized leader in philanthropy and politics as well as a patron of the arts, devoted herself to enriching the lives of others. Sonia was a major contributor, board member and supporter of organizations in New England, Florida and California including the American Red Cross, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, AIDS Action Committee, the American Cancer Society as well as several other medical research foundations. In Massachusetts, Sonia was a patron and lifetime member of the Friends of the Emerson Majestic Theatre. She was a supporter of the Nantucket Cottage Hospital, the Nantucket Animal Hospital and the Nantucket Historical Association. In Florida, she was a Miami City Ballet board member and a key supporter of the American Red Cross, Voices for (Battered) Children, and the Jackson Memorial Hospital Foundation among many others. Mrs. Puopolo, beloved wife of 37 years of Dominic J. Puopolo Sr. of Dover, Nantucket and Miami was also a loving and devoted mother of Dominic Jr., 35, Mark Anthony, 29, and Sonia "Tita", 28. Daughter of Mercedes (deceased) and Armando Morales and sister of Lucy Maldonado and Margarita Morales (Orlando, Florida), Jose Morales (Boston, Massachusetts) and George Morales (Puerto Rico). The Puopolo family requests that friends make donations in honor of Sonia Mercedes Morales Puopolo to the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay, American Cancer Society, GLAAD, Miami City Ballet, Friends of the Emerson Majestic Theatre and Voices for Children. A celebration of Mrs. Puopolo's life will be held at Trinity Church in Boston on Saturday, October 6 at 11 a.m.

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Published in Boston Globe from Oct. 4 to Oct. 6, 2001.
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January 12, 2020
In Memory
With Honor & Respect.
S.J. Friscia III
October 3, 2018
You were the first name I saw when I visited the 9/11 site today with my husband. Your name caught my eye as we share the same Christian name. I found your photo on the memory walk and I have been thinking of you today and your dear family. Sending lots of love from Sonia Rigby of Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK, 3rd October 2018 xx
Sonia Rigby
September 11, 2018
I met you once when I was about 8 at my aunt ARLENE SELLON s wedding. I think you are my 2nd cousin by marriage. I remember dancing with you and thinking that you were fun. I think about you every year. RIP
Heather Burns-Lucas
September 14, 2016
Our Heavenly Father is with you. You have faith in Jesus.
And this is his message for Sonia.
I am the ressurection and the life,the one who exercises faith in me,even though she dies,will come to life.
And Sonia indeed exercised faith in Jesus.
Johnny Rivera
June 21, 2016
I think of all of Sonia's friends and family today, and lift up a prayer for you to be blessed in a mighty way. This world needs to embrace her vision and do what we can to help end the violence that seems to be growing exponentially. We will never forget. Much love from Texas,
Del Newberry
March 21, 2015
May you rest in peace
ronny puopolo
March 20, 2015
To The Family & Friends of Sonia,

I am so sorry for the loss of such a special person in your life!

When these tragedies happen, we often ask ourselves, why bad things happen to good people?

You can find comfort in knowing that pain & sorrow were never Gods original purpose for families.

He will soon keep His promise and restore peace & unity to all mankind.

He will not forget Our Dear Loved Ones!

Psalms 37:10 & 11
Isaiah 45:18

Sending Warm Greetings,
Elvia Ferrell
September 16, 2014
Thank you to Jamie Perryman for honoring my cousin and riding to honor the 3,000 plus souls lost on September 11, 2001. RIP to Sonia and all who were lost.
September 13, 2014
I received Sonia's name to wear on my motorcycle helmet during this year's memorial honor ride in Washington DC. It is my pleasure to honor her memory.
Jamie Perryman
September 12, 2013
Goddess bless you & your family, you will never be forgotten...
Michele Doucette
September 11, 2012
Dani Lamonte
September 11, 2012
September 8, 2012
To the family and friends of Sonia Mercedes Morales Puopolo:
Sonia will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not allow those we lost on 9/11 be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you.
Peggy Childers
February 29, 2012
May you RIP.
February 29, 2012
She will never be forgotten!
Jay Sundquist
September 13, 2011
September 12, 2011
Dear Sister Sonia:
On this tenth aniverary, my children, grandchildren and I came together to remember you and pray for you. We will never forget you and will always remember your fighting spirit. You lived a wonderful life helping others and good causes to make the world a little better. In your lifetime, you made many trips around this world. On September 11, 2001, GOD made the divine decision to call you to be with our Mami in the Heavenly World of GOD.

Whoever said you could not have the best of both worlds did not know you, my sister! On September 11, 2001, GOD called you home because He needed you as well as all those other HEROES who died on that day to remind Americans that united we stand as one nation under GOD with Liberty and Justice for all.

GOD knows how much I love and I will "always remember you" with the happy memories you left with us.

Te quiere mucho tú hermano quién nunca te olvidara. May GOD bless you and the United States of America
Jose "Johnny" Morales
September 12, 2011
such a senseless tragety....sorry for your loss
ron puopolo
September 10, 2011
On the morning of 11 September 2001, my wife Sigi and I were waking up. the television was busy showing the first images of the world trade center moments after flight 11 crashed. We both were astonished that a plane crashed into the building. When the second plane struck I looked at Sigi and said "My God, we're being attacked. I tried to call family and the lines were jammed. When I fanally got through to my grandmother she was crying. My cousin, her niece, Sonia Morales Puopolo, who was very close to us all, was killed when AA-11 crashed into the WTC. She was seated in first class just two rows from Mohammed Atta.

Even after ten years it is very difficult to hold back tearful emotions of that day. Our family lives with the emptiness that stands within our very hearts and the sorrow that has been brought upon us. Yet on Sunday 11 September, we all all stand our day of rememberance along side three thousand other families who suffered the loss of a loved one.

We all must remember our lost loved ones and our fallen sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers who put on the uniform and stepped into harm's way voluntarily and gave their lives to protect us especially in the aftermath of that very day.

It is unfathomable to have realized that human beings can capable of such carnage and destruction. Yet the imiges of that day are forever burned into the memories of all of us and generations to come. This day changed the way we do things forever. But one thing we all should do is to pray to whomever we call God that someday we can all put aside our differences and live together on this fragile planet we call home.
Bill Nazario
August 17, 2011
Titi Sonia you were the back bone of our entire family after abuwella passsed. Now i teach my children the same values and respect that you instilled in my sisters and I. You will never be forgotten or a memory , because you are still a very important part in my life.. I love you Titi..... God Bless
Jorgito Morales Jr.
August 17, 2011
Dear we approach the 10th year of your passing I feel the sadness once again. We miss you and love you. Rest in peace. You will always be in my heart.
September 11, 2010
To my cousin Sonia, your always in our hearts and prayers. We love you very much. Rest in peace.
Maribel Rivera
September 7, 2010
dear sonia, your love transends all boundries.GOD bless you in heaven..jan
Jan desisto
September 11, 2008
From the Kearns family of Ridgewood Drive, our thoughts are with you on this day and every day. May your childhood joy continue through your lives and keep you happy and strong.
The Kearns Family
Annemarie Kearns/O'Brien
August 3, 2008
with love
fredia pruitt
June 8, 2007
In remembrance....
P Tabbernor
April 23, 2007
As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
September 12, 2006
Today is 9/12/06 and I just could not stop thinking of all the lost lives we've lost on that dreadful day. I especially was thinking of Sonia. I knew Sonia and her family. She was a very elegant and giving women. She is well missed. God bless her family.
Ricardo Colon
September 11, 2006
i am so sorry for your what happend on that day god bless her and her famlily
elmer lujan
September 11, 2006
To the Poupolo family: My most sincere prayers are sent your way today,as we relieve the lost of Sonia. I'm her cousin Margie Rivera Valentin of Florida and I would love to hear from you. My father was Miguel Rivera. May God bless you and give you peace. I will never forget those lost on this day.
Maxima Isabel (Margie) Rivera Valentin
September 9, 2006
I am sorry that we last someone that helped so many important people. I give my blesings to the family and friends for their lost love one. May God bless her and her family.
Jessica l.
December 23, 2004
I am sorry to see another Puopolo fall on 911. I wish your family the best.
Christopher Puopolo
September 12, 2004
I just want to express my deepest sympathy to your family. Mrs. Puopolo was incredible individual. I can't imagine how difficult this has been on all of you. I went to elementary school with little Sonia and Mark. Not sure if you remember me, but I would love to hear from you some time soon.
Cori Baker (Newhall)
July 26, 2003
Dominic, you were a passenger on my flight today, ATL-BOS. Thank you so much for sharing your stories, thoughts and memories of your mother. She lives on forever in the hearts of those who knew her, and those like me who wish we had known her. Every time I get on a 767 I am reminded again of the innocent victims of 9/11. I will never forget them.
Ann (Delta flight attendant)
April 20, 2003
To the family and friends of Sonia: For some reason I wanted to view all the 9/11 victims that crashed into our beloved Andrew J. Bailey's tower. I was compelled by Sonia's tribute because she is Puerto Rican like me. I'am so sorry for your loss and we are all in this together. I think about Andrew and all the other victims every day. My heart is still painful but that pain will never go away. You are in my prayers. God bless you.
January 31, 2003
Dear Dom,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you daily. Sonia's love and kindness are an inspiration to us all.
Rosaria & Stephen Donohoe
January 27, 2003
I would like to say iam sorry for your lost one its very hard i lost my father in 1987 and i still miss him and think of him everyday.When isaw your wifes last name i felt like someone i knew has been taken from me also being that the name is so diferent.chris puopolo jackson nj age 37
christopher puopolo
November 3, 2002
i didnt really know sonia but i know the moralas family very well ..they use to babysit me when i was younger and now one of thier family members is engadged to my uncle so i think of them as wishes are with the entire family and may she look out for everyone with her angel spirit.and i love you all.
christy tarr
September 30, 2002
I rode in the 9/11/02 Patriot Parade carrying the bracelet with the name of Sonia Puopolo. This was an honor for me. If you would like this bracelet please let me know by e-mail. My thoughts are with her family and friends.
Ray Jacobs
September 12, 2002
Dominic,God bless you and your family
Stephen Scurini
September 10, 2002
I did ot know her. I know her brother in law. I will be thinking of her and her entire family on this anniversary tommorrow, and praying for her family and friends. She was a beautiful woman, inside and out.
Dayna Roberts
September 10, 2002
In memory of Mrs. Sonia Morales Puopolo: I continue to pray for love beyond compassion and strength beyond endurance for all. You are gone but not forgotten. God bless you and may you rest in peace.
Donna LaRose
September 5, 2002
I am sorry about sonia,we are doing a progect in school about september the 11. I am glad i picked sonia.I go to school at rogersville middle school.She must have been a wonderful person may god bless you
Jennifer Ramey
June 24, 2002
Dear Puopolos:
I am sorry for your loss and I hope that you may continue on without her but think of her everyday... even brighter of her.. May god help you through her death...
Leslie Hughes
June 10, 2002
May 15, 2002
Having met Mrs. Puopolo many times in Nantucket, I am truly sorry for your loss. God Bless you and your family!
April 22, 2002


April 15, 2002
I'm very sorry for you loss. I lost my father in an ironic accident almost 4yrs ago, but can't imagine what you felt due to this selfish act of terrorism. I know my father is watching down on me and my new family, and your mother is doing the same. Whenever you find yourself down and out "talk to her", she's listening. My prayers to ALL. Stay Strong + Proud.
P.S. She's Beautiful.......God Bless
April 15, 2002
spoke with DJP today I just wanted to drop off a few lines of pray GOD in his infinte wisdom will never give us more than we can bare we are blessed with special people that walk thru our lives whether physically or spiritually.god =love
March 29, 2002
To the family of Sonia, I send my thoughts and prayers for peace in your hearts and healing of your souls. I am so saddened by your loss and the losses of all families in this senseless tragedy. God Bless and keep you.
Sheila Werland
January 30, 2002
I'd like to express my deepest sympathies to the Puopolo family over the loss of their beloved mother, wife, daughter, and friend. I attended Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA, with Mrs. Puopolo's daughter, Sonia, and only recently learned that her mother perished on September 11. Sonia, my heart goes out to you and your family. I wish you all peace and serenity during this difficult time.
Tessa Lavender-Beck
January 11, 2002
We are very sorry for your great loss of Sonia. May her life and love live on in all who love her. May the sorrow in your hearts be lightened by precious memories of times together. Our hearts cry with you.
America Cries
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
Dixon, IL
Teresa Jahn
December 26, 2001
To the Family of Sonia Puopolo:
I have received a silver bracelet engraved with the name of your wife, mother, daughter & friend. I will wear the bracelet proudly as a representative for her is this life. I thought of her may times this holiday season and knew she was watching over all those she loved and even those she did'nt-praying for an end to this angry world. She leaves behind her love in your heart and she has touched mine. Go Well Jill
Jill Michele Oyenque Hanson
October 23, 2001
To the children surviving the horrific loss of your mother, I would like to extend all my love and support to you. I know how much she meant to you all.
Adam Berke
October 21, 2001
An angel made her way to heaven on that very day
Joan Libbey
October 19, 2001
In loving memory of Sonia, on October 9th, I walked 1 mile and dedicated it to her and those loved ones she left behind. She will not be forgotten.
May God bless and comfort you in this time of such loss and sadness
Kathy Swaringen
October 6, 2001
God Bless the Morales and Puopolo family and give them strengt in this time of need.

Ziana & Gary Erickson
September 27, 2001
September 24, 2001
Dear Tita & Dominic

My hope, faith, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Samuel Kelley
September 22, 2001
Dear Mr. Puopolo
We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the Puopolo family.
We share your pain as humans, but we can not feel the loss of the one who nurtures and loves you as only a mother can.
But it hurts a lot.
Halli & Yui

Halli & Yui Bjorgolfsson
September 21, 2001
Dear Cousin Dominic and family

You are in our thoughts in prayers.

Arlene Knadler Sellon
September 21, 2001
I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the Puopolo and Morales Families. My prayers are with you. I know during these moments of sorrow the Lord is carrying you in his arms.

"Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord. Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore."
-Psalm 113:v1-2.

Blessings!The Rivera-Arroyo Family.
Marta Rivera-Arroyo
September 21, 2001
I Prayed For You Today:

I know it seems you're all alone
No one to really care
With such a heavy burden
That you alone must bear.
I may not know just what to say
Nor exactly what to do
But may you be assured to know
I'm praying just for you.
So even though it seems that many storm clouds fill your day,
I know the Lord has heard our prayer, and help is on the way.

1 John 2:17-" So if we truly want to live in God's new world, we must first learn God's will and then do it. For it is a fact: This 'world is passing away and so is its desire, but he that does the will of God remains forever,' to enjoy eternally the blessings to be showered down by our loving Creator."
God Bless You and Your Family,
Delia Smith-Davis
Lily of the Valley
Baptist Church

Delia Smith-Davis
September 21, 2001
To All Puopolo/Morales/Rivera Family Members:

Sonia Mercedes Morales Puopolo represented LOVE.

May God Bless her. May we all remember that she is an angel that is now showering us all with her blessings. We must continue what she represented because her spirit is alive in each in every one of us. I LOVE YOU! Mayra
Mayra Morales
September 19, 2001
Dear Tita and Dom,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Susan Demers Leopold
September 19, 2001
Dear Cousin:
The Rivera/Raices/Morales/Puopolo family mourn you, miss you and pray for your spirit.

You will always be in our hearts.

Jenny Mendez Isenburg
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