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Annette "Toonie"  Puglisi

Annette "Toonie" Puglisi
  • January 13, 1919 - April 17, 2017
  • Wakefield, Massachusetts

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“My sincere condolences Barbara and family. My prayers and warm wishes are with you during this difficult time. I am grateful to have had the...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Dolores Piskadlo - Wakefield, MA

“TO Barbara and Peter and families. So sorry for your loss. Toonie was a wonderful person. Alway's smilimg and gracious. Condolences to all your...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Barbara Stanton - Wakefield, MA

“We cherish our family friendship with the wonderful Benedetto Puglisi family. Our Mom, Agnes DeBenedictis and her nine siblings grew up with Annette...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Janet, Linda & Frank DeBenedictis - MA

“Barbara, Doug and I are sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful person we remember her as a very happy person that loved her family. She...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Linda Skane - Santee, SC - Friend

“R.I.P, Toonie. Such a nice person. Never had a bad word to say about anyone. Alway's had a smile. Will be missed. Love Barbara ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Barbara Stanton - Wakefield, MA

“Barbara and is with a heavy heart that we send our deepest sympathy to you and your families for the loss of your beloved mother and our...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Jeff Puglisi - South Salem, NY

“Our Hearts go out to Barbara and Peter as well as their wonderful families during this very difficult time. Your Mom was so amazing in so many ways -...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Dayne Hayes - Chandler, AZ

“Toonie was a beautiful lady, inside and out. I have fond memories of growing up in Wakefield as part of the Benedetto family and seeing her at the...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Julie Garnett - READING, MA

“My mother, Margie, lived next door to Toonie, and I always looked forward to seeing her smiling face. She was a wonderful friend to my mom. My...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Angela Jervey - acquaintance

“My deepest condolances to Barbara, Peter and their families.Growing up in the same house as my Aunt Toonie and my cousins, Barbara and Peter, was...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Cynthia (Procurot) Hanson - MA

“Dear Barbara and family,Sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I never had the pleasure of meeting her but will always be grateful for the kindness she...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Marsha Breslin Powers - FL

“Barbara and Peter- I am so sorry for the loss of Toonie. I enjoyed every minute I spent with her and she will be missed greatly. Love, Julie...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Julie Souliotis - Friend

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Surrounded by family, Annette Puglisi passed peacefully on Monday after a short period of failing health. If you asked her how she was at that final moment, and she was able to answer, she would say "fine, thank God" and raise both hands with fingers crossed. She was an amazing, loving person and will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Annette Rose Benedetto Puglisi, known lovingly as "Toonie", was a lifelong Wakefield resident. Proudly raised in the "Gulch", she was lucky to have grown up surrounded by her family and Benedetto cousins. Toonie took great pride in her Italian heritage and her hardy work ethic. She always counted her blessings and put others first. She took pleasure in giving and being around family and friends. Although she may have stood out for her beauty, she was remembered for her love and kindness. You could never meet Toonie without her giving you a strong embrace and a loving smile.

Toonie was formerly married to the late Peter Puglisi. She is survived by her children, Barbara Nardone, Peter Puglisi and his wife Shelly. Her grandchildren; Michael Nardone, Keith Nardone, Joy Nardone also Anthony Puglisi and Michael Bontaitis and 3 great grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Irene Lucy in Florida. Three siblings preceded her in death, Mary Fazio, Guarino Benedetto and Josephine D'Alessandro. She was the daughter of the late Camillo and Julia (Farricilli) Benedetto. She is also survived by many loving nieces & nephews.

Toonie graduated from Wakefield High School in 1937 and was active in reunions as well as staying in touch with classmates, especially as they dwindled in numbers. She worked at Transitron in the early '60's, then as a teller in the former Melrose Wakefield Trust where she stayed on through the transition to the Shawmut Bank. It was there that she retired in the late 80's as the Secretary to the Vice President of the bank.

Her retirement was like every stage in her life, she relished it with enthusiasm and grace. Toonie kept active by daily walks, traveling and visiting with family, friends and enjoying simple day to day activities. She never took anything or anyone for granted and never looked back on her life with any regret. Toonie appreciated everything from a beautiful sky to a glass of wine.

Toonie may have left this world with few fancy possessions, but what she did leave us with is the standard in which she led her life. She always held her head up high and smiled no matter what was happening around her. She forgave easily, saw beauty in the simplest things, and loved and lived with grace, pride and understanding. We were rich to have had her in our lives and she truly was a success in her's.

Her Funeral Service will be held in the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Monday at 11:00 a.m. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the funeral home prior to the service from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Autism Speaks at or mailed to: Hospice Program, Hallmark Health VNA & Hospice, Inc., 178 Savin Street, Suite 300, Malden, MA 02148.