Janath Joyce de Puntè of East Falmouth, who was known as Jay, died December 3 of natural causes. She was 79.
Born in Nashua, New Hampshire, she was the daughter of John Jaglowski and Stella (Semeniak) Jaglowski. She was a graduate of Nashua High School, where she earned the title of Miss Nashua.
She met C. Michael de Puntè in her high school typing class; they would ultimately share 58 years of marriage.
After graduating from Lowell General Hospital in 1961 as a registered nurse, she moved to Cape Cod, beginning her career in nursing at Cape Cod Hospital before transferring to Falmouth Hospital when it opened in 1963. Her early years were spent in the operating room working as an on-call nurse.
Continuing to broaden her education, she became oncology certified and went on to work with patients in the oncology department for many years.
She retired from the hospital in 2007 to help care for her grandchildren, taking them to see cultural events and watching them dance, an activity in which she had participated for years at the Cape Cod Conservatory and Falmouth Theatre Guild.
Ms. de Puntè had an appreciation for travel that found her vacationing in Europe with her husband; the couple took motorcycle trips exploring the countryside and even experienced the German Autobahn.
She kept active during her retirement. She belonged to several knitting groups and knitted scarves and blankets as charitable donations. Fond of cooking, she tried new recipes and shared the results with friends and family. One of her greatest pleasures was spending time at the library.
In addition to her husband, she leaves their children, Karyn L. Sweezy and her husband, Dr. Mark A. Sweezy, of Simsbury, Connecticut, and Craig J. de Puntè and his wife, Deborah A. de Puntè, of Hatchville; her grandchildren, David, Logan and Andrea Sweezy and Olivia and Cecilia de Puntè; and two sisters, Gretchen Teich of North Carolina and Linda Welch of Florida, and their husbands and children.
Funeral services will be private, with a celebration of her life to be planned at a later time.