Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Margaret A. Ponesse

June 30, 1936 – May 14, 2022 (age 85)

New Windsor, NY

Margaret A. “Tootie” Ponesse of New Windsor passed away on May 14, 2022.  She was the daughter of the late Arthur J. Allen and Elizabeth Higgins Allen. 

She was born in Newburgh on June 30, 1936.  She is survived by her loving husband Robert V. Ponesse whom she married on April 8, 1956 in the old Sacred Heart church on Ann Street.  She graduated from Newburgh Free Academy and was selected “Miss NFA” in 1954. 

Margaret is survived by her sons Robert A. Ponesse and wife Kathy, Michael T. Ponesse and wife Colleen.  Daughters Elizabeth Ponesse and her partner Bob Stevens and Nancy Bowman and husband Michael.  She was so proud of the gifts her children gave her, she was blessed with Dara Ponesse, Malory Ponesse, Robert J. Ponesse and wife Kelsey, Anthony Ponesse and wife Kelsey, Kaitlyn Ponesse and fiancée Andrew Geider, Michael A. Ponesse and fiancée Hayley Wright, Jaclyn Bowman, Nicole Chrysler, Gregory Chrysler, Ryan Terwilliger and great granddaughter Anna Emmalee Ponesse.  She is also survived by her sister-in-law Frieda Formato and brother-in-law Carl Ponesse and many nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her sister Elizabeth Roberts and husband Norman, brother John J. Allen and wife Linda, in-laws Thomasina and Frank Tangredi, Anthony Formato, Louis and Linda Ponesse, Virginia and Tony Martini, Genevieve and Bill Marotta, Thomas Jr. and Rose Ponesse, Joan Ponesse and nephews Thomas L. Ponesse and Joseph Marotta.

Although not being Italian, she embraced the family traditions:  Macaroni and meatballs, lasagna, Christmas Eve 7 Fish feast and her many trays of cookies she loved to share, to name a few.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. A Catholic mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 20 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Newburgh, with burial following in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties.

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