On Saturday, November 14, Rina Puccetti Moss, loving mother and grandmother peacefully passed away at the age of 95.
She was born in Marina Di Pietrasanta, Italy the daughter of Dante and Maria Puccetti on August 7, 1925. Growing up during World War II, she met her handsome, young, US Army Sergeant Willie, after the war. They were married on March 13, 1947 in Pietrasanta, Italy, moved to the United States and she began a new life in Concord as an American citizen. Together, they raised their beloved daughter, Mary Ann. Rina found much joy in life. Her employment work involved seamstress duties at hosiery and clothing establishments, yet she took the “work” of caring for her daughter, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends as her truest labor of love. Her treasured husband, Willie Bunn Moss passed from this life on October 26, 2014.
She is survived by her family: daughter, Mary Ann and husband Danny L. Brafford; grandchildren, Melissa B. Simmons and husband William L. Simmons of Ohio and Patrick L. Brafford and wife Laura Brafford of Florida; four great grandchildren: Brock W. Simmons, Brant L. Simmons, Harrison L. Brafford and Caroline G. Brafford; a sister, Grace and brother Victorio, both of Italy.
Rina had many cherished friends and was well known for her gifts of coconut pies, Italian bread and lasagna. She was passionate about gardening and loved to share with friends, neighbors and strangers the bounty of her crop. Sewing and knitting were also favorite pastimes, and she found great joy in making special things for her family. Making others happy made her own soul smile. Rina found great delight in staying active, encouraging others to exercise, and shared this love of life and movement with others. Her deep faith in Christ Jesus brought her immense peace during many times in her life, and she would often say “after the clouds, there would be sunshine”. Her family recalls her often singing, “You are my sunshine” which was the first song she learned in English. As a member of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Rina loved her church and church family dearly.
The family was blessed with so much compassion and care and would like to extend immense gratitude to all who shared smiles and time with Rina. She was blessed with angelic caregivers - at home: Amanda, Andi, Amy, Diana, Madison and Tina; warmhearted staff of Hospice at Home and at Tucker House of Hospice of Cabarrus; attentive neighbors and church family. The family also appreciates Dr. James Wheless, who was her practitioner and friend for many years.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cabarrus County, 5001 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28083 or to her church, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 4500 Rimer Rd., Concord, NC 28025
Due to the ongoing pandemic, there will be a private graveside service with immediate family, and the family encourages you to leave your thoughts and memories, etc about Rina at www.gordonfuneralhome.com, condolence page as we all remember the legacy that Rina left with so many.