Obituary of Gina C Paulmeno
Obituary for Gina N. Paulmeno
Born January 4, 1928; Died March 10, 2019
Gina Paulmeno came to America in 1946 from Rome, Italy as a 17 year old war bride. She was the wife of Roger Paulmeno, a member of the Military Police, who was attached to General Clark under President Eisenhower. They met as he traveled through Rome during the African Campaign as part of the Invasion of Europe. Despite language barriers, the language of love prevailed. They met, fell in love and married while in Italy. She arrived in America with an infant son, little English-language ability, and knowing nobody beyond her husband. Despite that, her strong and abounding spirit prevailed as it always did. She became a self-educated woman who learned English, history, the arts and culture, as well as many other topics on her own. This all added to what made her a wonderful and interesting conversationalist on so many topics. She was well-read all her adult life and stayed aware of and interested in the culture and politics of her new country throughout her life. She was a passionate American and a true patriot until her dying day; she saw her husband and both sons serve their country in distinguished military service.
Her husband, Roger Paulmeno predeceased her on September 26th 1989. Between them they created a legacy that included 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren all of whom were devoted to her throughout her life. Her warmth, love and caring for others always came through and was epitomized in the enduring love and affection for her that was a hallmark of her relationship with her devoted grandchildren; they were more than grandchildren, they were her closest friends.
She was pre-deceased by all of her siblings in Rome, her eldest son, Theodore Paulmeno of Texas, and her eldest daughter, Diane Applegate of New Jersey. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Roger Paulmeno and his wife Stephanie of Greenwich, CT, by her daughter Patricia Schwarzlow and her husband William and by her daughter Jacqueline Olsen and her husband Edward of Blauvelt, NY, as well as by all of their children and grandchildren who are scattered across the country. May she rest in peace in the arms of our Lord.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday March 13, 2019, 10 am, Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church, Tappan, NY.
34 N. Summit St.
Pearl River, NY 10965
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