Mary Rose Scalise Puoci of Kennett Square

Mary Rose Scalise Puoci, 85, of Kennett Square, died Sunday, Dec. 10, at her home surrounded by her loving family.  She was the wife of the late Francis Puoci Sr. who died in 1998 and with whom she shared 44 years of marriage.

Mary Rose Scalise Puoci

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and the late Philamena (Leo) Scalise.

Mary graduated from Kennett High School in 1950. She worked in food services at Kendal Retirement Community for many years. During retirement, Mary was a busy woman to be sure. She was a longtime member of St. Patrick Church where she volunteered for “Hot Lunches” and was a head usher for the 5 p.m. Saturday mass. She was a member of the Ladies of St. Patrick, the Kennett Fire Company, and the Kennett Senior Center where she volunteered in many capacities.  Mary received the Governor’s Silver and Gold award for her years of volunteerism.

Survivors include one son, Francis Puoci Jr. and his wife Anne Marie of Avondale; two daughters, Jo-Ann Puoci and her wife Robin Reichard of Kennett Square and Gina Puoci of Kennett Square and two granddaughters, Nicole Puoci and Lisa Puoci.  Mary was predeceased by a granddaughter Mary Margaret.

Mary’s family would like to acknowledge her nursing aide Terri Shaver, the nurses and staff from Heartland Hospice, and Lindsay Calio, (MMS, PA-C) from Kennett Family Practice for their care and concern during Mary’s time of need.

You are invited to visit with Mary’s family and friends from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec, 15, and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116250 W. State St. Kennett Square, PA 19348.  Mary’s funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Catholic Church 212 Meredith St. Kennett Square. Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Kennett Square.  Contributions in her memory may be made to the Kennett Fire Company No 1, 301 Dalmatian St. Kennett Square, PA 19348.  To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

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