Mary Agnes Puddy, 97, passed away peacefully in the presence of her loving family on Monday, April 11, 2016, her 74th wedding anniversary. She was born October 31, 1918, the only daughter of Morgan and Margaret (O’Reilly) Flaherty. She enjoyed a happy childhood on the family farm in Eden, growing up with her two older brothers, Gerry and Riley. Mary graduated from St. Mary Springs High School, still an all-girls school in 1937, and from Sheboygan Normal Teachers College in 1939. She taughtschool in a one room schoolhouse, grades 1 – 8, just down the road from her house for several years and also in Texas where dad served in the U.S. Army Air Corps before shipping out to the Philippines.
She married Leo C. Puddy at St. Mary’s Church in Eden on April 11, 1942, and they made their home in Fond du Lac after the war. For most of her life Mary was a stay at home mom raising her five children, but as they grew up and out, she went to work as a secretary from Community Action Program (CAD), from which she retired in 1980. Mary was a charter member of the Fond du Lac Auxiliary of Fraternal Order of Eagles #270, a past member of St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s parishes, and presently Holy Family Parish.
She is survived by her children, Mary Helen (Bill Schuppe) Arenz of Fond du Lac, Leo (Deborah) Puddy of Appleton, Stephen (Claudia) Puddy, Jane Ricchio, and Sharon Puddy, all of Fond du Lac; her six grandchildren, Jessica (Dwight) Flaherty of Fond du Lac, Alicia Zaludova of Pittsfield, MA, Bob Blair of Madison, Meagan Blair Williams of Sun Prairie, Ryan Puddy, and Sarah Puddy both of Denver, CO. Also surviving are her four great grandchildren, Summer and Shaelyn Flaherty of Fond du Lac and Ciel and Caeleb Williams of Sun Prairie; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo; grandson, Robert Blair III; both in 1976; her brothers and their wives, Gerald (Hazel) and Riley (Ardella) Flaherty; sister-in-law, Mary (Roland) Puddy Flood.
Mary’s family will forever miss, but will always be grateful for her gentle spirit, easy humor, and unfailing devotion to her family. She’ll be especially missed on Halloween, her birthdays, always a major celebration in the Puddy household.
The visitation will be held from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Uecker-Witt Funeral Home.
The funeral service will be held at 1:30 pm on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Uecker-Witt Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
The family extends their most sincere thanks to all of the staff at Grancare Nursing Home for the wonderful care and many kindnesses they gave to Mary and her family during her brief stay with them.
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