on February 28, 2014 - 6:52 AM
Dec. 19, 1911 – Feb. 25, 2014
Lucy T. Coppola, who quit school as a young teen to go to work to help support her parents and 12 siblings, died Tuesday in the McCauley Residence, Town of Tonawanda. She was 102.
The former Lucy Puma was raised in Oakfield but moved to Buffalo to live with relatives while she worked as a sheet folder at Royal Linen Co.
She married Frank Coppola in 1938, and they raised two sons, Vincent, a retired Williamsville school guidance counselor, and Lee, a former newspaper and television reporter and retired dean of St. Bonaventure University’s Journalism School.
Mrs. Coppola was an officer in the defunct Par Club and the oldest member of Women Interested in Cystic Health.
“She was an amazing woman,” her son Lee said. “Family meant everything to her. Since she was the third oldest, she helped raise many of her siblings besides raising my brother and me.”
Mrs. Coppola’s husband, a retired city employe, died in 1988, three weeks before their 50th wedding anniversary.
In addition to her sons, she is survived by four sisters, Mary Saraceno, Angie Saraceno, Millie Alagna and Delores Rossitto; a brother, Albert Puma; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon Saturday in St. Margaret Catholic Church, 1395 Hertel Ave.