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Pamela Leigh Sharpe Puhak

March 31, 1955 - June 14, 2020

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St Luke the Evangelist Columbarium
Date:
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Service Time:
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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St Luke the Evangelist Columbarium
Date:
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Time:
Immediately Following Service

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Pamela Leigh Puhak, a retired airline customer service representative, world traveler and devout member of the Roman Catholic Church, died today Sunday, June 14, 2020 at her Durham, N.C. home of complications from triple-negative, metastatic breast cancer. She was 65. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, Mrs. Puhak was admitted to Duke HomeCare & Hospice five days before her death.

Known to her family and friends as “Pammie,” Mrs. Puhak earned an associate of arts degree from Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, Wash. in 1975 and worked as an airline customer-service representative and travel agent in Alaska, Washington state and Massachusetts.

On August 16, 1980 in Lakewood, Wash., she married John N. Puhak, a now-retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant and Boeing Company engineer. They met in September 1978. During Mr. Puhak’s Air Force and corporate careers, the couple was stationed at Munich, Germany, Seattle, Boston and Philadelphia. They traveled extensively throughout Europe during his Munich posting. In retirement, the couple lived in Pasco, Wash., and Harbinger and Durham, N.C.

Shortly after her marriage, Mrs. Puhak converted to the Roman Catholic faith where she found meaning, comfort and direction. Her faith and grace, even during her debilitating illness, was an inspiration to many. She was an enthusiastic volunteer in church communities wherever she lived throughout her adult life. In addition, Mrs. Puhak was president of the Wallingford, Pa. garden club, and delivered Meals on Wheels in Washington state and Pennsylvania. She poured her energy into homemaking and cooking gourmet meals for friends and family.

She was born March 31, 1955 at Central Point, Ore. to Cecil A. and Avon W. Sharpe and spent her childhood in Dayton, Wash. Mr. Sharpe worked as a newspaper editor and publisher, and Mrs. Sharpe taught fine arts in public schools. Mrs. Puhak was a 1973 graduate of Dayton High School.

Mrs. Puhak is survived by her husband of 39 years; two sons, John C. Puhak (Jennifer) of Olathe, Kan. and Joseph A. Puhak (Vanessa) of Clayton, N.C.; and five grandchildren. Other survivors include her sister, Timathie J. Garrett (Michael) of Pasco, Wash.; brother, Gary S. Sharpe (Catherine) of Hobe Sound, Fla.; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Eastern Time, Thursday, June 18,2020 at Saint Luke the Evangelist Church, 12333 Bayleaf Church Road, Raleigh. The mass will be streamed live on the church’s YouTube channel via this link and archived for a limited time. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3nofHqRJKGMf3yidxwMMOw/featured Cremains will be interred at the Saint Luke Columbarium. Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation services, Raleigh, is handling arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or a local hospice.
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