Yolanda Nancy Puz

Yolanda Nancy Puz Yolanda Nancy Puz, 81, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at her home in San Diego where she was surrounded by her immediate family.

Yolanda was born in Ellwood City, Pa., on March 22, 1931, to Anthony Conti and Mary Carofino Conti. She was the youngest of eight children.

She attended Lincoln High School in Ellwood City, then met and married John Anton Puz, also of Ellwood, in 1948, after he returned from World War II service. They settled in Cleveland, Ohio, as newlyweds and then moved out to the Los Angeles area in 1951. Here they raised four children: Marsha, Craig, Keith and Karla. The couple retired to Palm Desert, Calif., in 1989. They moved to the San Diego area in 2010 to be closer to family.

Yolanda, an avid reader, was a lifelong learner who loved self-improvement. She first attended adult school to complete her high school education. Later she attended community college after raising her children. There she studied library technology and became a library assistant for the County of Los Angeles Public Library where she served for 10 years. She was articulate on many spiritual topics, which she explored with great interest.

Yolanda’s most ardent love, however, was for her family both immediate and extended. She could always be counted on to help in any difficulty and traveled east many times to be with her extended family members. She showed her love in many ways but especially with her delicious Italian meals and holiday gatherings, which she made special.

Traveling with her family was also important to her. A favorite family destination was Lake Tahoe, Calif. She enjoyed many cruise vacations and road trips throughout the United States. Favorite pastimes were reading and going to the movies. She lit up a room by her enthusiasm and exuberant personality.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 64 years, John, of San Diego; daughter Marsha Lloyd of Ridgecrest, and grandchildren Sandra and Alan of Reno, Nev.; daughter Karla and her husband Harry Palter of San Diego; and Jill Puz, daughter-in-law, and grandson Keith of Golden, Colo. Her sons Craig and Keith, and son-in-law Harold Lloyd predeceased her, as well as her parents and siblings. She leaves a large extended family in the East.

She is dearly loved and will be greatly missed by her family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Yolanda’s name to a favorite charity.

Final arrangements are being made by California Funeral Alternatives of Poway. Services will be private.

Submitted by the family of Yolanda Puz

Story First Published: 2012-11-21