Rina Puccetti Moss
1925 - 2020
Rina Puccetti Moss

August 7, 1925 - November 14, 2020

On Saturday, Nov. 14, Rina Puccetti Moss, loving mother and grandmother, peacefully passed away at the age of 95.

She was born in Marina Di Pietrasanta, Italy, the daughter of Dante and Maria Puccetti Aug. 7, 1925. Growing up during World War II, she met her handsome, young, U.S. Army Sgt. Willie, after the war. They were married March 13, 1947, in Pietrasanta, Italy, moved to the United States and she began a new life in Concord as an American citizen. Together, they raised their beloved daughter, Mary Ann. Rina found much joy in life. Her employment work involved seamstress duties at hosiery and clothing establishments, yet she took the "work" of caring for her daughter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends, as her truest labor of love. Her treasured husband, Willie Bunn Moss, passed from this life Oct. 26, 2014.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann and husband, Danny L. Brafford; grandchildren, Melissa B. Simmons and husband, William L. Simmons, of Ohio and Patrick L. Brafford and wife, Laura Brafford, of Florida; four great-grandchildren, Brock W. Simmons, Brant L. Simmons, Harrison L. Brafford and Caroline G. Brafford; sister, Grace; and brother, Victorio, both of Italy.

Rina had many cherished friends and was well-known for her gifts of coconut pies, Italian bread and lasagna. She was passionate about gardening and loved to share with friends, neighbors and strangers the bounty of her crop. Sewing and knitting were also favorite past-times, and she found great joy in making special things for her family. Making others happy made her own soul smile. Rina found great delight in staying active, encouraging others to exercise, and shared this love of life and movement with others. Her deep faith in Christ Jesus brought her immense peace during many times in her life, and she would often say, "After the clouds, there would be sunshine." Her family recall her often singing, "You are my sunshine," which was the first song she learned in English. As a member of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Rina loved her church and church family dearly.

The family was blessed with so much compassion and care and would like to extend immense gratitude to all whom shared smiles and time with Rina. She was blessed with angelic caregivers; at home, Amanda, Andi, Amy, Diana, Madison and Tina; warmhearted staff of Hospice at Home and at Tucker House of Hospice of Cabarrus; attentive neighbors and church family. The family also appreciates Dr. James Wheless, whom was her practitioner and friend for many years.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cabarrus County, 5001 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28083; or to her church, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 4500 Rimer Rd., Concord, NC 28025.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, there will be a private graveside service with immediate family, and the family encourages you to leave your thoughts and memories, etc. about Rina, www.gordonfuneralhome.com, condolence page as we all remember the legacy that Rina left with so many.


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Published by Concord & Kannapolis Independent Tribune on Nov. 15, 2020.
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Mary ann and family. We are so sorry you had to lose your Mom right before the holidays. Never a good time to say good bye. She was such a cheerful sweet lady and we loved her. Sorry we were not able to visit due to Covid recently. I wish you all fond loving memories forever. She left a legacy of love.
Hoyle and Sherry Moss
November 23, 2020
My mother was Lillian Rhodes.She was a friend of your mother.She was also a war bride from Italy. We visited your family in Italy. She passed away last year. I´m sorry for your loss. Your mother was a lovely person inside and out.
Mary Cauble
November 19, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. I remember her making quilts with my Grandmother Goodman, making wonderful food when they had a covered dish luncheon @ Boger Reformed Church & I loved her accent when she would always talk to me, when I was a little girl. God Bless, Annette Goodman Rhodes
Annette Goodman Rhodes
November 18, 2020
Mary Ann, Tommy and I have so many great memories of a great lady! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love you!
Irene Russell
November 17, 2020
Mary Ann I am so sorry about your Mom. She was such a sweet Lady. Prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family . Blessings Margaret Campbell
November 15, 2020
Thinking of you and your family at this time! A loving, happy and carrying person to all.
Carl & Brenda Goodman
November 15, 2020
We loved Aunt Rina and her precious smile and fun loving call to Hoyle Lee. Always added middle name..She and Bill are united again.
Hoyle and Sherry Moss
November 15, 2020
Offering our deepest condolences during this time.
The Staff of Gordon Funeral Home
November 15, 2020