Mary Rose Scalise Puoci

May 18, 1932 - December 10, 2017 Kennett Square, PA | Age 85 Loving Mother, Grandmother, and Friend

Mary Rose Scalise Puoci, age 85 of Kennett Square, PA, died Sunday December 10, 2017 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.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, 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 5PM 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 6-9PM Friday December 15, 2017 and 9:30AM to 10:30AM Saturday December 16th at Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116) 250 W. State St. Kennett Square, PA 19348.  Mary’s funeral mass will be at 11AM 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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Memorial Donations

Kennett Fire Company No 1

301 Dalmatian St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348



December 15, 2017 6-9PM Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc.
250 W. State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348


December 16, 2017 9:30AM - 10:30 AM Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc.
250 W. State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Funeral Mass

December 16, 2017 11 AM St. Patrick Catholic Church
212 Meredith St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348


  1. Frank, Gina, Jo-Ann , I am so sorry for your loss. You all have my sincere condolences. I have nothing but great , if not funny memories of Aunt Mary. I chuckle every time I pick up a flyswatter and think how many times she went to grab one when somebody was being bad. The older we got the harder we were to get caught and get hit. Ok, I said we , but we all know it was really mostly Frankie she was trying to hit. I miss those days.

    gene melchior | December 18, 2017 at 3:09 PM
  2. Frankie, Joanne, Gina, Nicole & Family, My deepest condolences to all of you. There is not a day that I don’t remember all of you in my life. Even though we were not related, I always felt a part of your family. Mary was like a second mother to me. Always caring, helpful, and smiling. I always enjoyed our visits over the years, And I will forever remember Mary & you Gina coming to visit me when my father passed away. You guys were always there for me throughout my entire life, & I am forever grateful. Your mom will truely be missed! Always remember your mom with wonderful memories. She was a Special person. I along with all of you will keep her in my heart forever! She will now be our Christmas angel! Love to all of you.

    Carole Scalia | December 15, 2017 at 5:32 PM
  3. Your Mother was so much fun to be around. Although we weren’t really related she was at all of our extended family gatherings. I remember her at those easy carefree Bingo Days at Kennett and at St. Marys where she knew everybody in the room.
    Your mom was a special lady to everyone who knew her. I’ll bet she is in Heaven right now keeping everything straight!!
    Christmas Peace!
    Nikki and Ronnie

    Cogdill | December 15, 2017 at 2:17 PM
  4. Frank, Gina, Jo-Ann and the Rest of the Puoci Family,
    My sincere condolences on the passing of Mary, a very dear friend of my sister, Dee. They are now in heaven happy to see each other again. She always had a smile on her face everytime I saw her although it had been quite a while since I saw her. Heaven has gained another great angel. May she rest in peace.
    Margaret Pennington

    Margaret Pennington | December 15, 2017 at 11:31 AM
  5. Dear Frankie, Joanne and Gina,
    I am very sorry for your loss. You and your families are in my prayers.
    Mary was a kind caring and strong woman who always stepped up to care for others.
    I remember how excited we would get when mom said get ready we are going to visit the Pouci’s because we knew it would include lots of laughs and good food!
    Vacationing in Cape May, and seeing her at the Son’s of Italy pool always smiling. Her visits at my Nano’s were always enjoyed by all.
    I remember her pressing a dollar bill into my hand the first time I visited her with Stevie as a newborn.
    And then later there she was at St Pat’s-the dynamic duo, Mary and Clara serving the best lunch ever (just ask my son Brian) .
    I always considered her as part of our family, she will be dearly missed.
    Jeannie(Regina) Fieni Lafferty

    Regina Lafferty | December 15, 2017 at 8:32 AM
  6. Dear Gina & family,
    I was truly sadden by the loss of your Mom. She was a wonderful lady. I will always remember her with a big Smile ! My thoughts & prayers are with you.
    ❤️Terry Forte

    Terry forte | December 14, 2017 at 1:38 AM
  7. Puoci Family, Ray and I didn’t know Mary very long but she was always so sweet and helpful at the Senior Center. We are very sorry for your loss.

    Cindi and Ray Coe | December 13, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    NICK BASILIO | December 13, 2017 at 2:22 PM
  9. I have so many wonderful memories of Mary..especially from my childhood. She knew how to fold a twenty dollar bill up to be a tiny little piece of paper so my mom wouldn’t see it to tell her to take it back, she would let me swim in her pool even on the cold rainy days because that what I wanted to do, and she would be waiting with a towel and tea after I realized it was too cold, even if I did something wrong she would tell me I could do no wrong and would always defend me no matter what. That was Mary…generous, loyal, encouraging and loving. She could make you feel better about yourself in an instant, she could put a smile on your face even on the saddest day, she was the biggest cheerleader for your success and would know how to pick you up from failure. When I lived away from home she would send me letters just to say hello, I loved getting her letters and cards, she would always put something in there to make me laugh and smile. She was also so witty, and would come up with funny little comments about everything. I will miss her tremendously, she will always have such a very special place in my heart. Gina, Nicole, JoAnn, Robin, Frank, Marie and Lisa – my thoughts are with you during this difficult time, her memory will live on through all the people she touched. My deepest sympathy to you all.

    Christine Biondi | December 12, 2017 at 9:23 PM
  10. Sending my love and most sincere condolences to the entire Puoci family. I will miss Mary in so many ways! This photo is exactly how I will remember her – smiling and vibrant. Rest in peace, Mary, and may your family find comfort in knowing that you will always be smiling upon us. <3

    Lindsay Calio | December 12, 2017 at 2:43 PM
  11. Gina,Frankie and family. My condolences on the passing of your Mother. She helped so many people of all ages in her time here on earth. I’m sure she is at rest with our Lord and Savior Jesus. May her fond memories Bless you and keep a smile on your face until you meet again. God Bless and send you comfort. Jim Groome

    James Groome | December 12, 2017 at 1:50 PM
  12. Frank and the Puoci Family,
    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the Puoci Family.
    Your mom was a wonderful lady who I remember when visiting my grandmother Basilio when I was young.
    Later I would see your mom in her chair watching the Kennett Memorial parade.
    I enjoy our chats when I would see you sharing stories of mom.
    Be at peace knowing she is in heaven today looking down on all of you with that wonderful smile. Michael Conner

    Michael & Maryann Conner & Family | December 12, 2017 at 11:55 AM
  13. Tom, Kelly and I send our deepest condolences to all of you. You are all in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Mother Mare you will be missed deeply; you opened your arms to Kelly and I after my mom passed and welcomed us into your family. She brought so much laughter to all of us with all her many stories and actions. There are some things I will never forget. You, Mother Mare, are truly an Angel and you will be missed. May God Bless all of you during this time of sorrow. Love you all! Tom, Theresa and Kelly

    Theresa Roberts | December 12, 2017 at 11:48 AM
  14. Gina and family: So sorry for your loss. I’ll always remember Mary for her warm smile and loving ways. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Joni Hoffman

    Joan Hoffman | December 12, 2017 at 11:01 AM
  15. I am so sorry for your loss. Mary was a wonderful member of the senior center family and she will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family members.

    Anita O'Connor | December 12, 2017 at 10:40 AM
  16. Dear Puoci Family, Russ and I extend our heartfelt sympathy at this sad time. I have so many memories of your mother from my childhood days…and they all bring a smile.
    Sending our prayers and comfort to all of you during this, the Holy Season of the Christ Childs birth. May warm memories of family times together bring you peace and joy…and a smile.
    xxoo Kathy

    Kilmer | December 12, 2017 at 9:23 AM
  17. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to family and friends. May all your good memories far exceed your sadness during this difficult time. (Isaiah 25:8)

    Chris C | December 12, 2017 at 7:29 AM
  18. So sorry for you all at this sad time. Such a sweet and dear lady. Always a smile. I hope your good memories help your healing. With sympathy.. Love Linda (aunt Connie)

    Linda Daniels | December 11, 2017 at 9:53 PM
  19. Frank and family,
    Sending you our heartfelt condolences and keeping everyone in prayer. You took very good care of your mom. May you receive many blessings.
    Jeff and Caroline Lyons

    Jeff and Caroline Lyons | December 11, 2017 at 8:33 PM
  20. So sorry for your loss. Steve and I are praying for you Gina, Frank and the rest of the family. Words can’t say enough to comfort you only God can get you through this with his love ! Mothers are so special and a great loss for many. Love you and praying for peace and love.

    Donna Sergi | December 11, 2017 at 8:26 PM
  21. Gina, Frankie, JoAnn, Nicole & Family I wish you all a very Merry Christmas in Mary’s honor. I know each of you have personal memories that you will hold dear and cherish forever. Those are your gifts this year. Celebrate her life and I know you will smile each time you think of her and that is what she would want for all of you. I am glad to have known such a strong and sweet lady. God Bless you all until you are together again.

    Becky (Kirwin) Tolmie | December 11, 2017 at 7:44 PM
  22. Frank and Gina, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Patty Glass Mains | December 11, 2017 at 6:55 PM
  23. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this difficult time. I have many fond memories of Mary-her kindness, hospitality when visiting her home, and especially all the times she made me laugh when telling one of her many stories!! Love you, Mother Mare. The Millers

    Donna Miller | December 11, 2017 at 6:29 PM

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