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1953 "Gino" 2024

Eugene Charles Punelli

July 25, 1953 — March 24, 2024

Tubac Arizona

In loving memory of our beloved father, husband, and grandfather, Eugene "Gino" Charles Punelli, who passed away on March 24th, 2024. Born in Des Moines, Gino's roots ran deep in the heart of lowa. He often reminisced about his childhood days spent surrounded by a large, loving family on the south side of Des Moines. After graduating from Drake University, Eugene embarked on a career in the produce industry, spanning over 40 years which began in Washington, DC, and eventually led him to Bakersfield, CA where he met his wife, Maysa, and together they built a beautiful life and raised their children. His career required him to spend most summers in Arizona and it was there that he forged deep connections with colleagues and friends, leaving an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him.

An avid historian with a passion for US history, Gino possessed a wealth of knowledge about nearly every Civil War battle. His devotion to US history was matched only by his love for his family. In his later years, Gino embraced the role of "Papa" with unparalleled joy, treasuring every moment spent with his grandchildren. His family brought him immense pride and happiness, and he cherished witnessing the growth of his children and grandchildren. Gino was especially fortunate to have recently journeyed back east to meet his youngest grandchild, who was born in December.


Gino is survived by his wife, Maysa, his children Eugene and Nicole, his stepdaughter Noha, and their spouses Megan, William Butler, and John Kamar. He was the proud grandfather of five grandchildren: Laila, Gianna, Luca, Gus, and George. He is also survived by his sisters Mary Matteson and Michele Cosby, brother James Punelli and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Rose Mary Punelli, father, Eugene Frank Punelli, and sister, Eugenia.


While he may no longer walk beside us, his spirit, accompanied by the aroma of a cherished cigar, will continue to guide and inspire us every day. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His kindness, generosity, and unwavering love will forever remain etched in our hearts. May he rest in peace, knowing that he was dearly loved and will never be forgotten.


Funeral services will be held on April 12th, 2024 at 1:50pm at Saint Francis Roman Catholic Church of Bakersfield, CA (900 H St), with a reception to follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association.




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Friday, April 12, 2024

Starts at 1:45 pm (Pacific time)

Saint Francis Roman Catholic Church

900 H St., Bakersfield, CA 93309

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