Laurie Puliafico

Laurie Jean Puliafico

Wednesday, January 4th, 1961 - Tuesday, December 29th, 2020
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Obituary

BARRE – Laurie J Puliafico, 59, a Barre native, died peacefully on December 29, 2020, after a long illness.

Born in Holden, MA, she was the daughter of the late Salvatore (Sam) and Dorothy (Weighill) Puliafico. She was a graduate of Quabbin Regional High School and Fitchburg State University where she achieved her bachelor and master’s degrees in education. Laurie began her lifelong teaching career at Quabbin Regional and went on to teach at Deveraux School, Eagle Hill School and in the Barre and Ware Public School systems for many years. She was devoted to her students and spent time tutoring after school and many years during summer school. She loved to play clarinet in the Quabbin Community Band and also enjoyed working on clarinets to provide instruments for students.

Laurie was an avid skier, serving on the National Ski Patrol and as an advisor to school ski clubs. She taught ski lessons at Pine Ridge in Barre and was also enjoyed working on the New England Lost Ski Areas Project, an organization concerned with the history of downhill skiing areas, mostly in the northeastern United States. She also volunteered countless hours with the New England Ski Museum,

Laurie is survived by her four older siblings: Charles Puliafico of Monson, Robert (Corrine) Puliafico of Rutland, Paul (Melissa) Puliafico of Brookfield and Cynthia (Mark) Clarkson of Barre; 8 nieces and nephews: Robert, Charlene, David, Gayla, Steven, Amy, Maria and Amanda; 13 great nieces and nephews and especially delighted in visits with the youngest three in the past four years. She is also survived by her large extended family of cousins from across the country whom she remained connected to via social media.

A celebration of Laurie’s life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Quabbin Community Band c/o Jamie Orszulak PO Box 555, Barre, MA 01005 or the Barre Food Pantry, c/o PO Box 265, Barre MA 01005. Arrangements are under the care of Pillsbury Funeral Home 96 S.Barre Rd. Barre. For an online tribute and guestbook please visit: Pillsburyfuneralhome.com
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    Location
    St.Josephs Cemetery-Barre
    Address
    South Barre Rd.
    BARRE, MA
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Debra Cahill

Posted at 07:30pm
I am so sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing. I remember her as always ready for fun and happy. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Deb (Suojanen) Cahill
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Mary Ellen Young

Posted at 08:36pm
I am so sorry to hear the very sad news about Laurie. I met her freshman year in college. Laurie was my best friend's dorm roommate. I have a lot of fond memories of all the good times we had together.

Laurie always spoke so highly of her family & all the joy her nieces & nephews brought into her life.

My deepest sympathy to your family.

Mel


Sherry Prescott

Posted at 07:28pm
To the entire Puliafico family, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you in the loss of Laurie.

Sherry & Russ Prescott
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DIANE BOWNE

Posted at 02:53pm
I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH LAURIE MY LAST NAME WAS HEYES ALICE AND WALTERS DAUGHTER SO SORRY TO HEAIR ABOUT LAURIE SHE WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON AND WILL BE MISSED
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Ina Wells Ryan

Posted at 02:42pm
My sincere sympathy,
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