July 2, 1947 – September 1, 2021 (74 years old)
NEW MIDDLETOWN – Maureen E. Paes, 74, passed away on September 1 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. She has lived her entire life in New Middletown.
She began her formal education in New Middletown by transferring to Holy Family School in Poland where she graduated in 1961. She graduated in 1965 from Cardinal Mooney High School.
As a student at Mooney, she thrived on the school’s motto of holiness, scholarship, and discipline. She has put these values into practice during her many rewarding years educating children from a wide variety of backgrounds in the parish school system of the Diocese of Youngstown.
Maureen received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Youngstown State University. She was 20 years old when she began her teaching career at the Notre-Dame de 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.
Maureen 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, to use their talents, to respect others as well as themselves.
Maureen never backed down from challenges, including coaching the women’s track and cheerleaders at Holy Family, even though she hadn’t done either. . She also started a tradition with the school participating in the Poland Optimist Speech Tournament as a Holy Family coach.
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.
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. His parents, his deceased 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 one can have and Maureen’s passing, while merciful freeing her from physical pain and suffering, leaves a great void in her sister’s life and of the many others that Maureen touched.
Maureen’s adult nephews, John and Christopher, and her niece, Elizabeth, have been a source of great joy, happiness and love throughout her life.
Maureen is survived by her sister, Helen T. Paes of New Middletown; nephews Dr John E. Paes (Hope) of Westerville and Christopher M. Paes (Laura) of Evans, Ga .; one niece, Elizabeth A, McCollam (Sean), of Westervillle; one sister-in-law, Dianne Paes of Canfield; great-nieces and grand-nephews Aubrey Paes, Ryan Paes, Elijah Paes, Jacob Paes, Norah McCollam and Andrew McCollam; and a cousin, John (Jack) P. Elwood III (Kim) of Katy, Texas.
A Christian funeral mass was held on Friday (September 17) at St. Paul the Apostle Church.
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