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Jean A. Pulsifer

1932 - 2017

Jean A. (LoConte) Pulsifer, a longtime resident of Malden, passed away peacefully at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on Monday, June 19th, after a courageous four year battle with cancer.
Jean was born in East Boston on June 4th, 1932, the daughter of Luigi and Philomena LoConte (from Avellino, Italy).
She had a very happy childhood with her brother Tony, and sisters Rita, Mary, and Ellen, growing up in the all-Italian section of East Boston on Falcon Street, graduating from East Boston High School with the Class of 1950. After high school, she became a bank teller for the original branch of the East Boston Savings Bank on Meridian Street. In later years, she enjoyed working there part-time while raising her three boys. She loved her job and shared many fun stories, laughs, and pranks with the young women and men who worked at the bank. She met her sweetheart Albert Edward Pulsifer (who was from Melrose) at the original Hilltop Steakhouse on Route 1. A shy Albert asked her to dance, and it was a true love story after that. On September 7, 1957, she and Albert were married at the Sacred Heart Church in East Boston. They settled down in Malden to raise their young family, living in a large green, three-family home on Granville Ave. (nicknamed the Green Monster), where Jean has lived ever since. Her tenants who rented from her loved her like a mom for her kindness, warmth, and generosity…she never raised the rent once in over 40 years! Jean and Albert shared 43 years of a wonderful marriage together until his passing in 2001. Jean enjoyed socializing with her many close friends (Rita & Ed, Ellen & Godfrey, Frances, Bill & Pinky, the Maras, Barbara & Mel, Dot Conner, Dot Olympio, and Margie), playing cards while drinking a cold Budweiser, candlepin bowling, and dining at the Continental, Hilltop, Exchange Street Bistro & Bobby C’s.
She loved being a grandmother. She also loved playing bridge at the Milano Senior Center in Melrose, and was an avid reader, often reading 3 books per week, in addition to solving many tricky crossword puzzles. She was known to those close to her as Jean, mom, Aunt Jean, and Jeannie! She was loved very deeply by the many people who knew her, known for her pure heart, sense of humor, love of life, and tremendous generosity. She was cherished and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her children, Richard J. Pulsifer and wife Jennifer of Andover, Stephen E. Pulsifer and wife Liza of North Hampton, and John A. Pulsifer of Malden, her sister Rita Hardy of Randolph, and her grandchildren, Michael, Grace, and Drew, and her dear friend Helen Leo of Melrose.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband Albert, and her siblings, Ellen D’Aprile of Revere, Anthony LoConte of Medford, and Mary Panakio of Saugus.
Funeral services will be held from the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144 Salem St, Malden, on Saturday, June 24th, at 9:00 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Josephs Church, 790 Salem Street, Malden at 10 AM. Interment to follow in Forest Dale Cemetery, 150 Forest Street, Malden. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, June 23rd, from 4 - 8 PM. 
Kindly consider making donations in Jean’s memory to The Pine St. Inn, 444 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 02118.


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