Obituary: Denise Elaine Puzzuto (1954-2021)

Denise Puzzuto left us after a sudden unexpected acute illness. She quietly passed away on March 13th with her children, Sean and Mikaela, and her partner, Bill, by her side.

She was a Nurse for over 43 years devoting herself to the care of others, working for 17 1/2 years at the county hospital in Martinez.

Even after retirement she continued to work part time caring for the students at the University of Berkeley. She has been a mentor to many of her sister and brother nurses. She was a joy to all who knew her, a shining light of happiness, humor, and goodwill to all.

A lifelong sports fan she rooted for the SF Giants and Golden State Warriors or whatever soccer game she could find. Always an adventurer, she loved long distance hiking, walking, backpacking, biking through Europe, camping, fly fishing, tai chi, and random van adventures.

She loved to travel the world as well as exploring the wonders of her own backyard. She lived every moment of every day with zest and wonder. She loved her chickens, her bees, her garden, Italian cooking, baking, and always had a special place in her heart for her dog, Rocco.

Services will not be held at this time due to public health constraints. In their place a Celebration of Life for our sweet lady will be held once it’s safer for all her many friends and family to gather together.

Denise is survived by her mother, Anne Puzzuto, sisters, Rita and Carol, brothers, Patrick and Tony, her children, Mikaela and Sean, her 2 grandchildren, Mason and Zoey, and her loving partner, Bill.

She will be missed eternally by all who knew her. She will be remembered for her kind gentle humor, and her zest for love and life.

Denise would want us all to live life as she did: Passionately, in awe, and wonder with a gentle smile. She would want us all to be kind to ourselves and others, and to not waste a minute of our precious time here on earth.

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