Anne M. Puglis

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Born in Paterson, New Jersey on July 29, 1929

Departed on January 28, 2020 and resided in Bloomington, Indiana

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Anne Marie Puglis, 90, passed away on January 28, 2020 at Life’s Journey Hospice, Avon, Indiana. She was born in Paterson, New Jersey on July 29, 1929 to the late Nick and Santa Amari.

Prior to her death she resided in Bloomington, Indiana after moving from Indianapolis. Always with a desire for nursing, Anne returned to school on a scholarship to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN). After the passing of her husband, 8 years later she returned to school to become a registered nurse (RN) and graduated ceremoniously when she was 58 years old. She spent the majority of her career at Winona Memorial and St. Vincent’s Hospitals in Indianapolis. After a long career as a compassionate and dedicated care provider, Anne (reluctantly) retired from nursing at the age of 80 due to declining health.

Anne found most joy in being surrounded by her family. Everyone she met became “family”. Her favorite past time was cooking huge Italian meals for holidays, birthdays or no occasion at all. She took great pride in her appearance, coordinating clothes, purses, shoes and jewelry. Thursdays were her favorite days when she had her hair appointment (hair therapy) usually followed by a lunch outing and shopping trip. She prayed the rosary daily and contributed to many charitable organizations.

Anne was preceded in death by her husband Jim (1980), her loving partner Emerson “Gene” Gruber (January 2019), her baby sister Marie, and parents.

Anne is survived by her children, James Puglis, Jane Westdyke (Bill), Sandy Elsner (Tim), Annette Broderick and step-daughter, Carol Gosser (Kevin) and their family; her grandchildren Will (Megan), Sammi, Lauren (Aaron), Daniel (Riyako), Cristiaan; and great-grandchildren Angelina, Sofie, Chessney, Selena, Alyssa and Gavin. She is also survived by four siblings and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Monday, February 3, 2020 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at Flanner-Buchanan Funeral Home – Speedway, 2950 N. High School Road. A mass will be held, Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Christopher Catholic Church, 5301 W. 16th Street, Speedway. Burial will follow at West Ridge Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the charity of your choice.

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  1. Bruce W. Buchanan January 31, 2020 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. I am honored that you have chosen our family to care for your family during this time. Please let me know if there is more we can do to help celebrate your loved-one’s life.

    My Warmest Regards,

    Bruce W. Buchanan
    4th Generation Owner
    Since 1881

    • Sandy Elsner February 5, 2020 at 11:06 am - Reply

      Thank you for your kindness and especially your wonderful, warm and caring staff.
      Sandy (one of the daughters)

  2. Mr & Mrs Todd Dahlke February 3, 2020 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Candle 5Anne,
    May God have you and keep you as his special Angel. You are surely missed and your great heart will always be in our thoughts and prayers.

    • Sandy Elsner February 5, 2020 at 11:01 am - Reply

      Beautiful words. Thank you for all your kindness and support over the years especially your friendship. I am enjoying the beautiful flowers you sent and thank you for remembering they were her favorite.
      Sincerely, Sandy

  3. Linda Lawrence February 3, 2020 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. I worked with Anne Marie at Winona years ago..She was a sweet and caring woman. I have thought about her through the years. She was a wonderful nurse and cared about all her patients and co-workers.

    • Sandy Elsner February 5, 2020 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Thank you Linda. Besides loving all her family so much, she was dedicated to nursing as it was the only other thing she always wanted to do.

  4. Ricki Chastain February 3, 2020 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Candle 5To all of Anne’s family,
    It was a pleasure to know Anne and Gene and have them as part of our neighborhood during their time in Bloomington.
    Sincere condolences from all her former neighbors on Grasstree Court.

    • Sandy Elsner February 5, 2020 at 11:42 am - Reply

      Ricki, please tell all thank you and for being such sweet neighbors to Mom and Gene. I enjoyed getting to know most of you and wish you all well.

  5. The Lukens February 3, 2020 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Candle 1RIP Anne 🙏

  6. Margie & Kevin Bell February 4, 2020 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Candle 8With heavy hearts, we were deeply touched to learn Anne’s last wish was to come by her old Shiloh Creek house (our home) during the funeral procession. This home has brought us so much joy & wonderful family memories. We believe her spirit still radiates the walls of this house. May each of her friends & family members find peace & comfort in her beautiful memories. We promise to honor her by continuing to take good care of her once loved home. Rest in Peace Anne

    • Sandy Elsner February 5, 2020 at 10:49 am - Reply

      Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. What a beautiful tribute to our mom. It was so unexpected and when we came up to the house I was overwhelmed by the sweetness of you doing that. My mother absolutely loved that house and was extremely saddened when she had to leave it. And thank you for taking such good care of it. I find myself driving by the house almost every time I’m up in Indianapolis. We all got a picture of the sign and I know we will cherish it along with all our memories we shared in the house. Sincerely, Sandy (Bloomington daughter)

  7. your sister sandy February 4, 2020 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Candle 3For my Ella.
    You will always be my Ella Anne.
    You will always be in my heart.

    • Sandy Elsner February 5, 2020 at 11:14 am - Reply

      Oh Aunt San ❤️

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