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 -
Kindly consider making donations in Jean’s memory to The Pine
St. Inn, 444 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 02118.