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Florence S. Paonessa, 93, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late John and Assunta (Sorrentino) Presti.
She graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1941. On September 3, 1945, Florence married Philip J. Paonessa in Niagara Falls. Mr. Paonessa predeceased her on October 12, 2013, after 68 loving years together.
Florence worked at Kimberly Clark and the Niagara Falls Department of Social Services. Since 1955, she was an active member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church where she served on the Bishop's Committee preparing parents and babies for Baptism. She was also an active participant in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School PTA.
Florence is survived by a daughter, Maria Ann Martel of Geneva, IL, two sons, Joseph (Cindy) Paonessa of Paradise Valley, AZ and Philip (Cathie) Paonessa of Danbury, CT; nine grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two brothers John (late Clara) and Joseph (Ann) Presti. She is also survived by a niece, Maria Candella of Niagara Falls, NY and 7 nephews, Jim (Barbara) Candella of Rochester, NY, Joseph (Lori) Presti of Austin, TX John (Shirley) Presti of Wilson, NY, Carmen (Christi) Presti of Wilson, NY, and John Jr. (Linda) Presti of Boca Raton, FL. She was predeceased by Cosmo and Jerry Presti.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 2nd from 4 8 P.M. at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:00 A.M. in Holy Family Parish at Mt. Carmel Church, 27th Street and Independence Avenue, Niagara Falls. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Buffalo, NY 14221.
Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for register.
Published on July 30, 2017
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