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Joseph R.

August 26, 1944 – October 22, 2018

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Obituary for Joseph R. Puente


MASSENA – Mr. Joseph Robert Puente, 74, of Judith Street, Massena NY and a resident of Osteen, Florida, peacefully passed away Monday evening, October 22, 2018 in the comfort of his home surrounded by family and loved ones. Joseph was under the loving care of his wife, Janice and the compassionate care of Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.

Joseph was born August 26, 1944 in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of Palmyra "Pam" M. (Garcia) Puente and the late Joseph R. Puente. Joseph attended Massena schools where he graduated in 1964. On July 16, 1965, he married the love of his life Janice May Brown at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Massena, NY.

In his early years, Joseph managed the National Army Store in Massena until 1969 when he started employment with General Motors in Massena. In 1987, he and Janice relocated to Bloomington, Indiana where he worked at the Bedford plant until his retirement 13 years later. Upon his retirement, he settled back in Massena and spent the winter months in Osteen, Florida. Joseph was an avid hunter and golfer. He loved watching his grandchildren play sports and cherished many trips to hunting camp. Throughout his life, Joseph was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, former member of the Kiwanis Club, member of Raymondville Golf Course, and was active for many years with Massena Minor Hockey. He was also a member of the Massena Minor Hockey Board of Directors and was involved in the planning of the Massena Arena. Joseph touched many lives and everyone who knew him loved him. He was a wonderful friend to many.

Joseph is survived by his mother, Palmyra "Pam" Puente of Massena; his loving wife and soulmate of 53 years, Janice; his children, Barbara Joanne Puente Pichette and her husband, Bruce and Joseph Robert Puente, III, all of Massena; his four loving grandchildren, Nathan Roger of Massena and Nicholas Joseph Pichette, of Quincy, MA and Gabrielle Rose and Payton Joseph Puente, both of Massena; and his brother, Timothy and Cindy Puente of Massena.

Joseph was predeceased by his father, Joseph on March 19, 1959.

There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may consider memorial contributions to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.

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Monday, October 29th, 2018 10:00am
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Cornell Ave
Massena, NY 13662