Helen Kuzma Puhalla, 90, of Monaca, affectionately known to all who loved her as ?Mutza?, surrounded by her daughters, was joyfully reunited in heaven on June 9, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband Leslie W. Puhalla; parents Joseph and Maria Kuzma and siblings Joseph Jr., Johnny, Mary and Susan.
She is survived by her three daughters, Valerie Daman, her spouse Mark, and their children, Seth and Hannah, of Monaca; Lorrie Campbell, her husband, James, and their children, Jared, Luke and Erin, of Monaca, and Cindy Puhalla of Nashville, Tenn. She also leaves a tight-knit group of chosen ?family?, including Donna Hall, from Nashville, as well, and numerous relatives in America and Czechoslovakia.
She was born June 23, 1922, in Czechoslovakia and loved retelling the story of her life to her family: ?I came to America on a ?big boat? in 1949 all by myself and saw the Statue of Liberty!? ?I learned to speak English at a school in Aliquippa PA and I became a U.S Citizen!? ?Then I got a job as a cook for the staff at the Beaver County Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Monaca.? ?I moved to Monaca and became a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Monaca?. ?I saw your father?s face in church and liked him and we later went on a double date. After that night though, we were always together?!
They were married on June 1, 1957, and became lifelong residents of Monaca. She loved Elvis Presley, dancing, betting on the lottery, watching movies, her soap operas and favorite TV shows; but playing bingo was one of her favorite past times.
She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, a devoted catholic and an excellent cook and baker. She was extremely proud of her Slovak heritage and loved to share her gifts of baking ?Kolache? with all of her family and friends. No Easter or Christmas Eve would be complete unless it was accompanied by these delicious treats! (Luckily she passed on her secret ingredients to her daughters who have carried on the tradition in recent years as a tribute to her.) Not a day will go by that we won?t be reminded by some ?Slovak words of wisdom? she used to share with us. Her generosity and kindness was only exceeded by her love of God, the Blessed Mother and her family! For a few years she had duel residences and lived at times with her daughter Cindy in Nashville. She was also a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, in Nashville.
We love you Mutza and are glad you are free of any pain and restrictions that your health issues in recent years had inflicted upon your tired body! We pray you will now be able to ?dance, sing and eat? in heaven!
Friends will be received Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. in the Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services, 1119 Washington Ave., Monaca, where parting prayers will be offered Friday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Helen?s name to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1409 Pennsylvania Avenue, Monaca, PA 15061, or Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 190 Graylynn Drive, Nashville, TN 37214.
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