Mrs. Philomena (Cupolo) Puniello, 95, of Bristol Woods Drive, Bristol, died Sunday, April 27 at the Grace Barker Nursing Center, Warren, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Dominick Puniello. Born in Bristol and a lifelong resident, she was a daughter of the late Antonio and Nevina (Marabello) Cupolo.
Ms. Puniello, with her daughter-in-law Bernadette, ran Kiddyland Nursery preschool for 25 years, from which she derived great satisfaction and enjoyed following the progress of her former students by finding their names in the Phoenix or meeting them or their parents on the street. For many years she also taught CCD classes at Our lady of Mt. Carmel Church, often to alumni of Kiddyland Nursery.
Ms. Puniello most enjoyed being with her family on vacations, celebrating holidays and family events, or weekend meals. And to these events she brought her delicious desserts, many of them have become family standards. Phil was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed making clothes for family and friends. Most of all, she was a caring and loving person who, even as a child, was there to lend a helping hand. She will be sorely missed by the many whose lives she touched.
She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. She is survived by two sons, Carmine J. Puniello and his wife Bernadette of Bristol, and Anthony J. Puniello and his wife Francoise of Highland Park, NJ; eight grandchildren, Ann Leary (William), Beth Machado (Michael), Carmen Puniello, Dominick Puniello (Anabell), John Puniello (Kerry), Damian Puniello, Orin Puniello (Kathleen) and Jennifer Puniello; 11 great grandchildren; her sister and best friend Sue Dias of Bristol; and many wonderful nieces and nephews whom she truly loved. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, John Cupolo, and three sisters, Theresa Costa, Rita St.Onge and Alice Cadile.
Funeral services from the Sansone Funeral Home, 192 Wood St., Bristol, Saturday, May 3 at 9 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 141 State St., Bristol. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Chestnut Street, Bristol.
Visiting hours Friday, May 2, 4-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at www.stjude.org.
For online condolences, shared memories, information, directions go to www.sansonefuneralhome.com.