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Beatrice D. Puleo

October 16, 1923 — December 24, 2022

Hugo, Minnesota

 

Beatrice “Bea” Puleo, age 99, died peacefully on Christmas Eve after celebrating with her family in Hugo, Minnesota.  Bea was born on October 16, 1923, at her grandparent’s home in Spokane, Washington, the daughter of Dorothy Russell.  She was so tiny at birth, that she was not weighed.  Once a scale was found for her to be weighed on, she weighed 2 ½ lbs.  Beatrice grew up in what many would call difficult times, but those times shaped Bea into the incredible person she lived to be. 

In October 1941, when the Chaplin at Felts Field invited a group of Catholic Airmen to the Knights of Columbus to meet girls and dance, she fell in love with Frank Puleo.  They started dating at the beginning of WWII, corresponding through letters.  They were married on May 22, 1943, at Fort George Wright Base Chapel in Spokane, Washington.  Throughout their marriage they lived all over the country; Frank was career Air Force.  Both were very active in the DAV for many years.

Following his retirement, they spent their summers at their home on Davis Lake near Usk, Washington and winters in Mesa, Arizona.  After Frank’s death in 2002, Bea began wintering in Minnesota with her son, Frank and his wife, Jody and his family and Bea continued to spend summers at the home of her daughter, Cheryl and her husband, Jim in Spokane, Washington and at her home on Davis Lake near Usk, Washington and at times with her daughter Ginie near Seattle, Washington. 

Bea loved to play cards and games and spend time with her family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank Sr., brother, Charles.  She will be deeply missed by her children, Frank Jr. (Jody), Cheryl (Jim) Miller, Mark, Ginie (Tracy); grandchildren, David (Tami), Jeffrey (Kim), Andrew (Riska), Angela (Chad) Coleman, Sandra (Tom) Leach, Bryce (Ky) Miller, Billy Palmer, Katy (Brandon) Castaing, Cary (Joe) DeLuca; great grandchildren, Hunter, Heather, Joshua, Mackenzie (Cole) Herbert, Kylie, Nolan, Madeline, Chase, Carter, Julianne, Emilia, Sadie, Graysen; great great grandson, Ender; many other family and dear friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 12, 2023, at the Church of Saint Peter, 1250 South Shore Drive, Forest Lake.  Visitation one hour prior to the mass at the church.  Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. 

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