Jill Marian Paolone
Jill Marian Paolone, formerly of Niagara Falls and Lewiston, passed away after a nine month battle with cancer on Sunday, December 22, 2019, at the age of 73 in Pauma Valley, California.
Jill is survived by her partner, Bradley Smith (also born and raised in Niagara Falls); her children, Dana and Nicholas; and her brothers, Paul Palumbo and Neil (Tammy) Palumbo. She had many cousins, nieces, nephews, and close friends who will miss her laughter and kindness.
She was predeceased by her husband, Nick; her parents, Angelo and Beatrice (Jorey) Palumbo; and her sister, Jean Marie.
Jill was born and raised in Niagara Falls, New York and lived and worked in this area for most of her life. She graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1964 and received her bachelor and masters degrees from the University of Buffalo. She taught French and Spanish for 26 years in the Niagara Falls school system and loved her travels to France, England, Spain, as well as to many destinations around the United States. Jill was a very active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Lewiston, NY and in recent years, continued her committed church involvement at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Pauma Valley, California. Her favorite activities included gardening, reading and being a volunteer reading tutor for Elementary School students.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 400 Ridge Street, Lewiston, NY, at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Episcopal Relief and Development or Feeding America.
Published on January 17, 2020


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Buffy and Greg sommer
Jan 26, 2020
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Sharon (Sykes) Brooks
Jan 20, 2020
Jill was one of the kindest, most loving people I’ve ever had the pleasure to have known other than Beje and Angie. She always had a kind word to say and a never ending smile. She will be sorely missed.
Pete Vendrillo
Jan 19, 2020
I was sorry to read of Jill Paolone’s passing. I have the most wonderful memories of attending Mrs. Paolone’s French classes in 10th and 11th grade at NFHS. What a blast those days were. Her classroom was decorated like a French cafe with wine bottles and candles at each table. !! Instead of assigned desks, She truly trusted us and always had our respect.
As hard as tried to be on my best behavior, by the end of class, Jill and I would both be laughing and looking forward to tomorrow ! And She was being generous to give me passing grades.
My sincere condolences to Bradley Smith, the Palumbo family, and to dear friends, the Paolone family members.
Lynn Frazier
Jan 19, 2020
Jill was one of my favorite cousins. She will be missed by many. Prayers go out to her brothers and children.
Lois M Murphy
Jan 18, 2020
Jill was my French teacher at NFHS. Later in life I was when I started my career we began a friendship. After when I returned to teaching our friendship began again and was invited into the "breakfast club" Many great memories and laughs over the years. She will be missed.
Anne Rescigno Oliveri
Jan 18, 2020
Mrs Paolone was my Spanish teacher at NFHS. She was a very kind person. Please accept my condolences to your family during this difficult time!
Gloria Albion
Jan 17, 2020
Such sweet memories of. Jill always a smile. Always a kind word. Heaven has surely gained an angel. Sympathy to her family