Priscilla Ann Punt
July 23, 1928 – November 16, 2020
The family matriarch, Priscilla A. Punt, 92, of Walpole, NH, and a former longtime resident of Keene, NH, passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020, at the Cheshire Medical Center Dartmouth Hitchcock, Keene, following a brief illness.
Priscilla was a warm and welcoming woman; anyone who encountered her would always mention how sweet and nice she was.
Her parents, Ira and Mildred (Eno) Barnard welcomed their daughter into the world on July 23, 1928, in Keene, NH. As a young girl, Priscilla would often take weekend visits to Manchester, NH to stay with her grandparents. Priscilla attended Keene Schools and Keene High School. She played the fife with the Keene Drum and Bugle Corps. After leaving high school in 1945 to help her family during the war years, as many did in those days, she worked at the Kiddie Corner, Bell Shop, and MPB Corporation. She returned to her high school studies and received her diploma in 1983 through the Keene Community Adult Education Program.
Priscilla married Ernest R. Punt at St. Bernard Church in Keene on August 7, 1948. Sadly, Ernie passed away on May 9, 1997, after 48 years of marriage.
While raising her family, Priscilla was active in her children's lives. She was a Den Mother and Girl Scout leader for her sons’ and daughter’s scout troops. Later, she and Ernie enjoyed traveling to visit their son Brian and his family in Oklahoma and later Colorado. She continued those visits solo after Ernie's passing until she was no longer able.
She was a woman of deep faith. She was a longtime parishioner of St. Bernard Church, and after moving to Walpole in 1998, she became a parishioner of All Saints Parish. She and her husband were also active in the St. Anthony’s Parish in North Swanzey and helped create the "coffee group".
Always proud to be of service to others, Priscilla managed the Faculty Dining Room at Keene State College Dining Commons for over twenty years. She also enjoyed helping the many families shopping for clothes at Dilly’s For Kids at the Colony Mill Marketplace and later West Street Shopping Center in Keene, for twenty-four years.
When not busy at her work, Priscilla enjoyed keeping physically active as well as sewing, knitting, crocheting, and needlepoint. She hosted all the Family Holidays and loved to put on a big dinner for all. She was a member of the Women of the Moose; the Catholic Daughters of America Court Josephine No. 319; and the Keene Pops Choir, traveling to Europe and Florida with the choir. Priscilla found great joy in the friendships she made being part of these groups.
Priscilla's greatest joy was being in the presence of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was known to her children’s friends as Mrs. Punt, and to her grandchildren’s friends as Nana.
Priscilla will be greatly missed by many in the community, especially her children, Brian P. Punt and his wife, Mary Lou, of Highlands Ranch, CO, Jay M. Punt and his wife, Joan, of Walpole, NH, Lisa Muchmore and her husband, Michael, of Walpole; her beloved grandchildren, Angela Gagnon and her husband, Bob, Jessie Punt, Tatiana Bruss and her husband, Sheldon, Tara Punt, Victor Punt, Matthew Muchmore, Tyler Punt, Kristie Punt, Brooke Muchmore; eight great-grandchildren, Madison, Nathan, Monica, Dante, Tzuriel, Teo, Harper, and Rory; a brother-in-law, Francis Punt and his wife, Jeannine, of New Britain, CT; and several nieces, nephews, and extended family members. Priscilla was predeceased by her husband Ernie, her granddaughter Valerie Muchmore in 2005; her grandson Adam Muchmore in 2019; and her sister, Shirley LaFoe.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, December 4, 2020 at 12 noon, in St. Bernard Church, 185 Main Street, Keene. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Main Street, Keene. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, Dec. 3rd from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro Street, Keene. All those in attendance at the calling hours, funeral mass, and committal service are reminded to please wear facemasks and to maintain the physical distancing requirements.
The family of Priscilla would like to thank those at Maplewood nursing home for their great care and friendship they gave their mother these past 17 months.
In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, donations may be made in Mrs. Punt’s memory to Maplewood Nursing Home River Rd Westmoreland, NH 03467.
- Brian P. Punt (Mary Lou), Son
- Jay M. Punt (Joan), Son
- Lisa Muchmore (Michael), Daughter
- Angela Gagnon (Bob), Granddaughter
- Jessica Punt, Granddaughter
- Tatiana Bruss (Sheldon), Granddaughter
- Tara Punt, Granddaughter
- Victor Punt, Grandson
- Matthew Muchmore, Grandson
- Tyler Punt, Grandson
- Kristie Punt, Granddaughter
- Brooke Muchmore, Granddaughter
- Francis Punt (Jeannine), Brother-in-law
- Ernie Punt, Husband (deceased)
- Valerie Muchmore, Granddaughter (deceased)
- Adam Muchmore, Grandson (deceased)
- Shirley LaFoe, Sister (deceased)
- Ira Barnard, Father (deceased)
- Mildred (Eno) Barnard, Mother (deceased)
- Priscilla is survived by her beloved great-grandchildren, Madison, Nathan Monica, Dante, Tzuriel, Teo, Harper and Rory. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
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- Robert Gagnon
- Nathan Gagnon
- Victor Punt
- Matthew Muchmore
- Sheldon Bruss
- Harold Jackson
Visitation and Celebration of Life
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fletcher Funeral HomeAll those in attendance at the visitation, funeral mass and committal are required to please wear facemasks and to maintain the physical distancing requirements.
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Bernard Church
Priscilla Ann Punt
November 30, 2020
My Aunt an amazing kind soul who will be forever tattooed in my heart all the fun memories an the way she would say,” oh dear,” an chuckled. Her being well postured an proud to be Catholic was inspiring. I know she remains on our shoulders directing our path. My last Aunt the memories that will last forever Thank You for being beautiful in my life !
November 20, 2020
My deepest sympathy and prayers
I enjoyed my visits with Priscilla very much
She was a woman of deep Faith and loving kindness
May she now enjoy the blessings of eternal life
I am praying for her family and friends as well
Father John Loughnane
Margaret (Dilly) Trebilcock
November 19, 2020
I will always remember Priscilla as the gentle, sweet soul she was.
She was the first employee that I hired at my store.
God bless all of you at this difficult time.
All my love and prayers to the whole family.