April 23, 1950 ~ January 11, 2011
Greece: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 entered into eternal rest. Predeceased by her beloved father, Frederick and long time companion, Michael Ford. Survived by her mother; Eleanor, brother; David (Anne), uncle; Paul Bonnet, nephew; Todd (Christine), niece; Deborah (Keith) Anderson; great nephew; Kaelan Anderson; cousins; Barbara (Lee) Ringette, Gloria (Kent) Diver, Robert (Susan) Bonnet and Anne Bonnet; best friend Judy Ormond and Michael Biondi. Upon completion of her studies at American Academy, Paris, France and graduation from SUNY Geneseo, Paula embarked on her theatrical career. Paula's initial ventures into theater began with roles in numerous local community theater productions evolving into featured roles with Stage III productions. She then relocated to New York City enrolling in prestigious dance and vocal academies while continuing her career. Upon receiving membership into the Actors Equity League Paula began performing in touring production with performances across the United States and throughout Europe in shows such as Annie, 42nd Street, Anything Goes and Funny Girl. Paula also received accolades as a featured performer and choreographer for the America Steamboat Co. in New Orleans, La. In a career that included roles on Broadway stages Paula would constantly seek opportunities to perform in her hometown. Downstairs Cabaret Theater and GEVA being two of her favorite performance venues. She may be best remembered locally for her portrayal in Sister Robert Anne in DCT's long running production in Nunsense. A caring mentor, she helped countless children who expressed interest in song and dance with continuing support during their development in the performing arts. Paula wished to thank her many friends and those who provided inspiration, caring, and support during her illness and throughout her life with grateful acknowledgement to the staffs of the 6-3400 and 4-1200 units of Strong Memorial Hospital. Friends may call Friday 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home 1075 Long Pond Road, Greece Chapel. Her Funeral Service will be held Saturday 12:00 Noon in the funeral home chapel. Private Internment. In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Humane Society at Lollypop Farm or charity of one's choice in her memory.