Patricia (Puzder) Mariani, age 82, of North Versailles Twp., passed on June 25, for a joyful heavenly reunion with her daughters, Gina Ann and Diana Mariani, and granddaughter, Gina Marie Mariani.
She dedicated her life to her faith and love for others, showing kindness and selflessness to all who knew her. While raising her four children, she pursued undergraduate and master’s teaching degrees and went on to share a love of learning and reading with generations of students at St. Aloysius, St. Robert Bellarmine and St. Bede Catholic Schools.
She was the rock and center of her family, demonstrating strength and courage throughout her life, even to her final moments. She loved to travel, read, swim, socialize, and most of all spend time with her family, especially many trips to the beach and Christmas celebrations.
She claimed all of her favorite things started with C – the church, her children and the casino. She found great joy in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and spoiled them in every way, especially in love.
Patricia was loved and cherished by many, including her husband of 65 years Florindo (Fred) Mariani; son Victor Mariani (Sandra); daughter Philomena Bujakowski (Regis); grandchildren Jamie Altman (Kevin), Michael and Emily Bujakowski and Tommy Stepan; great-grandchildren Dusten and Dominique Washington and Liliana and Rosalina Altman; and sister Bernadette Remack.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Irene and Joseph Puzder, and brother, Joseph Puzder. Her intelligence, wit, fun-loving spirit and compassion will be greatly missed, until we meet again. Patricia’s family will celebrate her life at a private viewing and Mass on Saturday, June 27.
In lieu of flowers, to remember Patricia in a special way consider donating to a non-profit that promotes learning such as Reading Is FUNdamental Pittsburgh, The Education Partnership or The Diocese of Pittsburgh Emergency Fund (in support of local Catholic schools).
Arrangements entrusted to Alfieri Funeral Home, Inc., 201 Marguerite Ave, Wilmerding, Pa 15148, 412-824-4332. Please visit us at www.alfierifuneralhome.com for online condolences. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Patricia (Puzder) Mariani, please visit our floral store.
Originally published June 28, 2020.