Rita M. (Pragle) (Bouffard) Cucinotta - November 2, 2022

Rita M. (Pragle) (Bouffard) Cucinotta, 93 years old, passed away on November 2, 2022, at the Conesus Lake Nursing Home.

Rita was one of thirteen children born to the late Robert & Iva (Smith) Pragle on September 14, 1929, in Wayland, New York. Rita was a graduate of Wayland Central School and was employed as a cutter at Blum Shoe Manufacturing until their closing, after which she was employed at Sonyea Development Center until her retirement.

Following her retirement from Sonyea Development Center, Rita enjoyed gardening and took great pride in her numerous flower beds. She learned to quilt, creating lovely bed quilts and Christmas tree skirts, which she delighted in gifting to her family and friends. Growing up in a rather large family, Rita learned to cook and bake at an early age and will be remembered for being able to “whip up” a delicious meal along with a variety of tasty treats, cookies, cakes, and pies, which she always had on hand for unexpected company. She took great pleasure in “feeding” people. Rita loved children, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Rita is predeceased by her sisters,

Leona Symonds, Evelyn Stockings, Dorothy Scott Whitman,

Nina Meyers, Vivian Marlin; her brothers, Lewis, Donald, Roger,

John and Eugene Pragle; and her husbands, Edmund J. Bouffard, Jr.

and Anthony Cucinotta.

Rita is survived by two daughters, Theresa (Charles) Bancroft and Claudia Bouffard; her son, Edmund (Judith) Bouffard, III;

7 grandchildren, Jennie (Jeffery) Szczesniak, Kristie (Geoffrey) Crossley, Elizabeth (David) George, Patrick (Mary Katherine) Bancroft, Chelsea (Noah Van Name) Bouffard, Aleah (Schuyler Jamison) Bouffard and Andrea Bouffard; 12 great-grandchildren, Jordan, Tyler, Emily & Conner Szczesniak, Grant & Madelyn Crossley, Ossian & Callaghan George, Lincoln & Matthew Bancroft, Theodore Van Name & Rhea Jamison; her brothers, Roy Pragle & Julian (Joyce) Pragle; several nieces & nephews; and her dear friends, Gail Penly and her son, Brian (Christina) Penly.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home in Wayland. 

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