Elsie C. Puza, 84, of 84 Maple Ave., Tunkhannock, PA passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at home surrounded by her family.
Born in Tunkhannock, she was the 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, OH, David H. Puza and wife, Celeste, The Woodlands, TX, Meredith Sprenger and husband, Michael, Wesley Chapel, FL, Nicholas Puza and wife, Chelsey, Tunkhannock, Donald R. Puza and wife, Jodi, Shavertown, Brian Puza and wife, Megan, Ankeney, IA, Steven Puza and wife, Kammy, Tunkhannock, Benjamin Puza, Tunkhannock; 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at the Nativity B.V.M. Church, 99 East Tioga Street, Tunkhannock on Monday, May 6 at 10 a.m. with Father Richard J. Polmounter officiating. Friends are asked to go directly to the church. Friends may call at the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. 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 Dr., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
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