Carol Anne Puglise, 69, who volunteered in the Washington area with the elderly, with children and through her church, died May 6 at her home in Gaithersburg.

She had cancer, said her son Francis Puglise.

Mrs. Puglise volunteered at nursing homes and through Montgomery Hospice. She was a catechist through several Catholic communities in Montgomery County and a eucharistic minister at Our Lady of the Visitation Parish in Darnestown.

Carol Anne Auth was born in Washington and graduated in 1961 from the old St. Mary’s Academy in Alexandria. Shortly thereafter, she graduated from the Washington School for Secretaries and worked as an executive assistant for a District accounting firm.

In 2010, after her children were grown, she received a theological studies certificate from Trinity Washington University.

Her husband of 40 years, Angelo S. Puglise, died in 2004.

Survivors include three children, Francis Puglise of Miami, Anne Marie Puglise of Gaithersburg and Christopher Puglise of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a sister, Susan Glover of Ijamsville; a brother, Joseph Auth of Fort Myers, Fla.; and a grandson.

— Emily Langer