Maureen E. Paes 1947-2021 | News, Sports, Jobs
NEW MIDDLETOWN – Maureen E. Paes, 74, peacefully went to eternal rest with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, with her loving and devoted sister by her side. Maureen died of natural causes.
Daughter, sister, aunt, great-aunt, teacher and extraordinary friend, Maureen was the oldest child of Martin F. and Helen (Eileen) F. Elwood Paes. Maureen was born July 2, 1947 in Youngstown and has lived her entire life in New Middletown.
She began her studies in New Middletown, then transferred to Holy Family School in Poland, from where she graduated in 1961. She graduated in 1965 from Cardinal Mooney High School. As a student at Mooney, she thrived on the school motto of holiness, scholarship and discipline and practiced these values during her many rewarding years educating children of a wide variety of settings in the parish school system of the Diocese of Youngstown.
Maureen, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Youngstown State University, was only 20 when she began her teaching career at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Eastern Palestine. She has also held primary school teaching positions at Holy Family in Poland, St. Stanislaw School in Youngstown, and St. Joseph the Provider in Campbell. In addition, Maureen has taught gifted classes as part of the Youngstown City Schools Summer Program. She was an innovative and creative educator who encouraged students to rise above the mediocre, use their talents, and respect others as well as themselves.
Maureen never backed down from challenges, including coaching the girls’ track team and the cheerleader team at Holy Family, even though she hadn’t done either. She also started a tradition with the school’s participation in the Poland Optimist Speech Tournament, as a Holy Family coach, which has enabled many students to become champions of the program and excel in the fields. speeches and debates throughout their high school years and beyond.
As a member of St. Paul the Apostle Church, Maureen has been a ward leader for many years, serving on the parish council, chairing the church census, serving as a member of the board of trustees of diocesan religious education and teaching the CCD. In addition, Maureen, a gifted calligrapher, has done a variety of calligraphy for many projects in St. Paul’s. On her Christian journey, Maureen believed in bringing people to a fuller relationship with God through the Word of the Lord and the scriptures. She never hesitated to share her faith.
Maureen’s greatest love in her life was her family – her parents; her late younger brother, Marty; and his surviving younger sister, Helen – Maureen was as devoted to each of them as they were to her. Helen cherished Maureen as the most amazing sister and friend anyone could ever have, and Maureen’s passing, while merciful, freeing her from physical pain and suffering, leaves a great void. in the life of her sister and the many others that Maureen touched.
Maureen’s now adult nephews, John and Christopher, and her niece, Elizabeth, have been a source of great joy, happiness and love throughout her life. She was honored to see them grow into exceptional adults with their own children, who were also loved by her.
Maureen is survived by her sister, Helen T. Paes of New Middletown; his nephews, Dr. John E. Paes (Hope) of Westerville and Mr. Christopher M. Paes (Laura) of Evans, Ga .; niece, Mrs. Elizabeth A, McCollam (Sean), of Westervillle; and sister-in-law, Mrs. Dianne Paes of Canfield. Maureen also leaves behind six great-nieces and grand-nephews, including Aubrey and Ryan Paes, Elijah and Jacob Paes, and Norah and Andrew McCollam. Survivors also include a special first cousin, Mr. John “Jack” P. Elwood III (Kim) of Katy, Texas.
A Christian funeral mass was held on Friday September 17, 2021 at St. Paul the Apostle Church in New Middletown. Visit www.clementefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send your condolences.