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Domenica 'Mickey''s Story

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Domenica 'Mickey' Paonessa passed away on Monday, January 15th at her home, while under the loving care of her daughters and Niagara Hospice. Mickey was born on September 17, 1924, the eldest child of Albert and Tomasina (Colosi) Renda of Niagara Falls.
Mickey attended Trott Vocational High School before going to work for Woodward Insurance as an underwriter. She married John J. Paonessa on April 27, 1947; Mickey and John were happily married for nearly 67 years, until John's death in February 2014.
During their marriage Mickey and John traveled extensively, taking numerous cruises and trips to Las Vegas, Hawaii and Acapulco. Mickey often told people of their trip to Europe, taken because John wanted her to see the places he saw while serving in the Navy. They also planned and hosted pilgrimages to Sanctuaire de Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre', Quebec for over 20 years.
Mickey loved to dance, telling John he'd better learn how if he planned to marry her. Learn he did, and they danced often and well. Mickey danced just this past June at the wedding of friends, leaving the other guests delightedly watching a 92-years young woman jitter-bugging with the groom.
Mickey was well-known for her baking prowess, especially her pizzelles and her apple pie. She was fond of bringing cookies to all her doctor appointments and to the staff at Firth Jewelers. Whenever you walked into Mickey's house, cookies were served, no exception.
She was an accomplished artist, rendering beautiful water-color paintings of the roses she so loved. Mickey was also known for her beadwork, making beautiful beaded Christmas ornaments for friends and family. She was proud that her Christmas tree was hung with all ornaments that she had created. Mickey was also an avid reader, the longer the book (and the larger the print) the better. She often boasted of reading five books a week, courtesy of the Lewiston Public Library.
Mickey was an integral part of her neighborhood, where in her younger days she was the go-to person for any problem, from plumbing and electrical and appliance misfires to a mouse in the house. In her later years, some of the neighbors changed but the neighborhood spirit stayed the same. Mickey's neighbors mowed her lawn, cleaned the snow from her driveway and walk, spent time with her, and kept a watchful eye over her. Their doing so brought her much joy and helped keep her safe, for which her family will be forever grateful.
Mickey is survived by her children, Joan (Kenneth) Pawlukovich of Niagara Falls, Michele (late Richard) Gentilucci of Lewiston and Sam (Shelly) Paonessa of Fallston, MD; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Also survived by her brother, Frank (Lorraine) Renda; her sister, Catherine (Al) Leo; nieces; nephews; and many friends and neighbors who loved her. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brother. Joseph (Josephine) Renda.
Visitation will begin on Thursday, January 18th from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY, where funeral services will immediately follow at 2:00 PM. Burial will be held in St. Joseph Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY. Flowers are gratefully declined. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094.
Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online condolences.
Published on January 16, 2018
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