Mary Angela Allen

December 15, 1947January 3, 2012

Mary Angela Allen

1947 - 2012

Mary Angela Allen, 64, died suddenly at her home in Gray Georgia Tuesday, January 3rd. Born in Macon shortly before Christmas in 1947, she was the daughter of Angelo Punaro and Annina Benedetto Punaro. Angie, as she was affectionately known, enjoyed a lively childhood in the grand historic family home on Orange Terrace.

She attended St. Joseph's School and Mt. De Sales Academy, where she was a cheerleader, and acted in theatre productions, and Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, graduating in 1969 with a BFA degree. At a young age, she proved to be an exemplary mother to her son Bert, and enjoyed an active life with her first husband Ab Roesel. Later she served as a Weight Watchers instructor, reflecting her desire to help others that can be traced to a childhood interest in the local hospital “candy striper” program. An accomplished artist, Angie enjoyed painting murals as well as holiday cards, writing poetry and dance.

Angie pursued a lifelong interest in art, kept close friends that she had known since her school days, and welcomed new friends with her kind and sharing personality throughout life. Angie wanted the world to be as beautiful as she envisioned it in her art. She saw in others the kindness that was the core of her own personality. She loved to teach art, and to share her vision as well as many of her actual paintings, generously giving them to friends and family members, in whose homes they have become cherished possessions.

While Angie surrounded herself with her friends, and her own beautiful artworks, she also waged a lifelong courageous fight with a chronic and debilitating illness, yet never allowed it to eradicate her innate spirit of kindness, generosity, or love. She was a loving and nurturing mother, a loving daughter, and a cherished family member who shared many occasions both happy and sad with warmth, a sense of humor, and a steadfast loyalty. To this day, visitors to her home will observe numerous photos of her sister and brothers and their children., along with those of her own. In the early 1990’s, Angie found her soul mate in her husband, Dean Allen, who mirrored her love of friends and family, until his untimely death in 1994.

She was predeceased by her husband Malcolm Dean Allen, of Macon, by her parents, and by her brothers Anthony and Frank Punaro of Macon.

She is survived by her son Albert J. (Bert) Roesel and wife, Susanna Cluthe Roesel , and granddaughter Aurelia Reed Roesel of Marietta; by her sister Trudie Punaro Thomas and Husband Kit Thomas of Arlington VA, brothers Major General Arnold Punaro and wife Jan Punaro of McClean VA, Vincent Punaro and wife Dr Lynn Punaro of Dallas TX, Michael Punaro and wife Elena Punaro of Richmond, VA., nine nieces and nephews, and an extended family of cousins, Aunts & Uncles, and dear friends.

Angie leaves us with a legacy of love of life, the beauty of art, the value of cherished friendships, and a steadfast belief in the strength of family. We will miss her always, But our lives are enriched and empowered, and will forever by buoyed by the example of her irrepressible spirit, and expressions of beauty, peace, and love.

Services are as follows: Visitation and Rosary - Saturday 6 PM, Snow’s Memorial Chapel, 746 Cherry Street, Macon. Ga 31201

Memorial service followed by interment - Sunday 3 PM at High Street Unitarian Universalist Church, 1085 High Street, Macon., Ga 31201

Reception - Sunday 6 PM at Dulles Park Apartments in Gray GA. 220 Old Clinton Rd, Gray, Ga.

Flowers are welcomed, and alternatively donations may be made to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in her name.

Please visit to express condolences.

Snow’s Memorial Chapel Funeral and Cremation Services, Cherry Street has charge of arrangements.


  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 8, 2012

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Kathy Taylor Dunham

September 21, 2015

So very sorry to read this..My sincere sympathies to the family..Kathy Taylor Dunham..Astatula, FL

Cynthia Wright-Behrens

January 27, 2014

In the passing of Angie is the passing of a life long friendship. Rest in peace my dear, dear friend. I miss you every day and will love you always. It gives me great peace to know your struggle is ended and you are with Anthony, Frank your mom and dad and family. I look forward to seeing you again, until then my love will raise up to you in prayer every day and smiles too....I will be looking out my back door!

Dotty kennedy

January 23, 2012

We had great times together with our petite soirres and painting. I will miss you terribly. you were a great friend. Love you .

January 9, 2012

Mary Angela will be missed by all of us who knew her and loved her. She was a beautiful person, so full of love, life, and laughter. She was my cousin as well as my classmate from first grade on. We will truly miss her.

Dorothy (DeDe) Sherling Camerio (Lilburn, GA)

January 8, 2012

Dear Mary Angela and Family,

You sat behind me in school. When you were called upon to answer a question in class I would turn around and look at you. I don't remember your answers. I was always thinking you had the most beautiful skin, pinkest cheeks and the shinest hair in school. You were so genteel. Thank you for sharing your kind smile with me and others.
You will be missed.

Your Classmate and Friend,
Joan Piper-Benecick

Melissa Fletcher Keith

January 7, 2012

Angela gave me a beautiful little painting of a large purple iris. I keep in it my office. Her sweetness was often more than this difficult world deserves; the often harsh and fast-paced world does not always embrace and nurture the vulnerability of such sensitive beings as Angela. May we all learn from her to be kinder and less judgmental and to reach out to those in need. She suffered a terrible, ravaging illness that isolates and destroys many. May her dear soul rest in peace. Melissa Fletcher Keith

Mary Scott

January 7, 2012

I always thought Mary Angela was the sweetest person with her vibrant blue eyes and black hair she was a stand out. Hard to believe another Sales classmate is gone, God Bless her and her family at this time.

Catherine Garcia (Padilla)

January 7, 2012

May God grant your family with peace and comfort on the loss of Mary Angela.
My brother, sister-in-law and I remember her as a lovely lady who thought of others. She was a warm and caring person who made life better for those around her. She will be missed greatly.
Catherine Marshall Garcia (Padilla), John and Gail Penland Marshall

January 7, 2012

To the Family of Mary Angela and all the Punaro's. I am Minter Garvin, Sr. and was a very close friend of all the Punaro's having grown up around the corner on Spring St. and attended school with Anthony. He was my closest friend, and although several years younger, Arnold was also a good friend. Their parents were great people with Mrs Punaro serving as our Den Mother in Cub Scouts. I still to this day include all the family in my prayers, especially Anthony and Frank along with their parents. I will add Mary Angela to my prayers list and pray that God will be with all the family in this time of sorrow. May God be with you all, Minter Garvin

Jacque Avant

January 7, 2012

Mary Angela will be missed by all of us who knew her and loved her. She was so talented in so many ways. She always had such a sweet smile when ever I saw her. Her obituary was so telling of her personality and very beautiful. Who ever wrote it knew her so well. She loved her family so much.