January 10, 2024
She was born in Watertown November 4, 1931, daughter of Lauderio and Mary (Fiaschette Canale) Crescenzi. She attended Boon St. and South Junior Schools and graduated from Immaculate Heart Academy. On June 5, 1954 she married Angelo J. Puccia at St. Anthony's Church with Msgr. Claude Sechi officiating. Mr. Puccia died November 17, 2010.
Theresa worked for Dr. Louis Batista as a medical secretary from 1949 to 1954 and was a bookkeeper for L. Puccia and Co. from 1986 to 1992, but her main job was a full-time mom. She was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church, a member of its Altar Rosary Society, and since the age of 9, she sang in its choir. Theresa was a board member of the Italian American Club and a member of its auxiliary. She also was a member of the Watertown Golf Club and enjoyed cooking, Sunday family dinners, and crocheting. Her greatest joy in life was raising her family with her husband Angelo.
Theresa's family wish to extend their gratitude to her many caregivers during the last few years of her life, especially Karen, Korleen, Eileen, Muriel, Dawn, Shelley, and Makayla.
She is survived by her four sons and their wives, all of Watertown, James J. and Karen A., David G. and Susan M., Michael L. and Margaret M., and John J. and Melissa A. Puccia; daughter-in-law Diane Puccia, Fairport; ten grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her son Mark; two brothers, Henry Crescenzi and Peter Canale; and three sisters, Laura Grieco, Rita Fioretto, and Emerica Bisnett.
Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Monday, January 15, from 4 to 7pm. A prayer service will be at the funeral home Tuesday, January 16, at 10:15am followed by the funeral mass celebrated at St. Anthony's Church at 11am. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to St. Anthony's Church, 850 Arsenal St. Or Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., both in Watertown, NY 13601.