Lillian P. Puleo

  • Born: April 28, 1926
  • Died: January 30, 2018
  • Location: Granite Springs, New York

Joseph J Smith Funeral Home Inc

692 US 6
Mahopac, NY 10541

Tel. (845) 621-1992

Tribute & Message From The Family

Lillian Puleo of Somers, NY went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. In her final days, she was surrounded by those she loved best, as her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren gathered at her bedside. Lillian was born to Gennaro and Helen Cavallaro on April 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating from high school, she worked as a secretary for a major surgical supply company. Along the way, she had grown to be a beautiful young woman and soon caught the eye of a neighborhood boy, Angelo Puleo. World War II was ongoing, and, being a proud Italian-American, Angelo enlisted in the Navy. On becoming a Yeoman First Class he was stationed in Norfolk, VA. His love for "Lil" had him hitchhiking home during their romantic, love-letter-filled courtship. Pledging his undying love, they were happily married in 1947 dancing to their favorite big band song: "You'll Never Know."

The 1950s brought the births of their children Annette, Rose, and Robert, and Lillian joyfully left the business world to stay home and raise her family. Lillian was lovingly labeled a "domestic goddess," and her children have fond memories of fresh pasta, homemade desserts, and the smell of a freshly cleaned home. Lillian returned to work in December 1968 as a secretary for the Chairman of the Accounting Department at Pace University. She retired in August 1995, having risen through the ranks to become an Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the Lubin School of Business.

She leaves her family with a legacy of hard work, self-sacrifice, and a strong commitment to her faith. She was known for her kindness and her generosity, and for a smile that lit up her beautiful face. Lillian always believed that her family was her greatest reward, and she consistently prayed for and encouraged them. Her children stood faithfully and sadly beside her as she passed, but take comfort in knowing that she and Angelo are together again.

Lillian is survived by her three children and their families: Annette (Nick) and their children Andrea, Vincent, Nick, and Angela; Rose (Julio) and their children Nicholas, Michael, and Matthew; Rob (Sally) and their children Christopher (Wittney), Carter (Mia), Mary, and Mia. She is further survived by Christopher's children (Avery) and (Jack).

"Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also and he praises her:
Many women do noble things
but you surpass them all.
Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."
Proverbs 31:28-31

A wake for Lillian will be held on Friday, February 2nd from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home, 692 US 6 Mahopac, NY 10541.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 3rd at 9:30 am, St. John the Evangelist, Mahopac, NY. Interment to follow at St. Johns Cemetery, 80-01 Metropolitan Ave, Middle Village, NY 11379.

Following Lillian's wishes, in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Life Link Foundations. or to Compassion Link.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Rest in Peace, Lillian. We had good times together
at Pace University. Good memories. My condolences to the Puleo family.K

Posted by John Spillner - Hartsdale, NY - Coworker   October 26, 2018

I met Lillian on a Sat night after valet parking with Rob. Got to the house around 2 AM and we tried to go to bed as quietly as possible. Next thing I know, the kitchen lights come on and Mrs. Puleo is cooking up a srorm for us. Who knew years later Martin Scorsese would use that in Goodfellas. She will be missed.

Posted by Charles Strick - Ardsley, NY - Family Friend   February 01, 2018

Sending my condolences to the Puleo family for the loss of their loved one...RIP Mrs. Puleo

Posted by Mary Jane Gramlich - Easton, PA - Friend   February 01, 2018