Pauline M. "Paula" (DeCaro) Cunningham, 94, of Sandusky, passed away late Friday morning, March 3, 2023, at the Wickshire Countryside ALDS, in Clearwater Florida.
Paula was born on October 4, 1928, in Sandusky, OH the daughter of Anthony and Dominica (Maralla) DeCaro. She was a graduate of Sandusky High School. In her earlier years, she had worked at the Philco Co., New Departure-Hyatt Inc., and later worked as a waitress for nearly 30 years at Impala (for John C. "Johnny" Barone) and also at the Hickory Steak House. Paula later on worked part time at the Thunderbird Golf Course, in Huron, OH.
For many years, Paula and her husband, Clyde, had lived in Sun Lakes, Arizona, before moving back to Sandusky, Ohio. Being an avid golfer, she had played golf in several local ladies golf leagues for several years.
Paula was a member of the Grace Episcopal Church, the Italian-American Beneficial Club Ladies Auxiliary, Club Amer Ital (Bellevue), the Ladies Golf Association and the Sandusky High Alumni Association.
She is survived by her two sons, Sam (Mary Jo) Artino of Palm Harbor, FL and Norman Obermeyer, Jr. of Norwalk; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Paula was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of nearly 58 years, whom she married on February 6, 1965, Clyde Thomas Cunningham who passed on January 29, 2023; her daughter-in-law, Debra Obermeyer; four brothers, Charles DeCaro, Angelo DeCaro, Alfred DeCaro, and Eldridge DeCaro; and her five sisters, Josephine "Josie" Centorbi, Carmella Roma, Angeline Tomassi, Ethel Loretta and Anna Marie "Annie" Barone.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 17, 2023, from 4-8 pm at the David F. Koch Funeral and Cremation Services, 520 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky. Prayers will be recited Saturday morning, March 18, 2023, at 9:30 am at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH. Fr. Mark J. Herzog officiating. Burial will be in Meadow Green Cemetery, Huron, OH.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in her memory to the Erie County Community Foundation to benefit "The Samuel R. and Anna M. Barone Family Fund," 135 Washington Row, Sandusky, OH 44870 (contribute online at eriefoundation.org); or to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee, 38105-9959.
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