Joanne Carol Paul
Joanne Carol Paul died at home in Newport News on July 4, 2023, after a period of illness.
Joanne was born on September 28, 1944, in North Tonawanda, New York, to Rosalia Namynanik Dicky and Michael Dicky. After her father was killed near Caen, France fighting in World War II, Joanne was raised by her mother and two grandmothers. After her mother remarried, four brothers and sisters came along. The two youngest, Donna and Mark, Joanne raised and called her own children.
Joanne attended Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. On the weekend after President Kennedy was killed, she and Jay Paul fell quickly and deeply in love. They married after graduation, and throughout all their years together, they celebrated anniversaries of that first date, their pinning, their engagement, and their marriage. They moved to Michigan, where Joanne taught Language Arts and Earth Science in Grand Ledge, and then to DeKalb, Illinois, where she gave birth to their daughter Catherine. The family then moved to Newport News in 1978, where Donna joined them for a year, and where Jay still resides.
Joanne spent many years focused on raising Catherine and devising engaging craft projects for her and her friends. Joanne’s proudest projects were the mind games that sent a gang of rambunctious birthday party girls to sleep early. Joanne earned a Master’s degree in Reading from Old Dominion University and stayed on as an academic advisor and Director of Preview, the summer orientation program. When Joanne grew tired of commuting, she became an academic advisor at Christopher Newport University. Her love for students was unsurpassed, and her advice set more than one person on the path to graduation and success.
Throughout her life, she was passionate for cooking food from numerous cultures and for making clothes and gifts for loved ones. She and Jay traveled widely, including to Maine, California, Texas, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Italy, and Nova Scotia. Catherine and her husband, Sean, joined some of these adventures. For many years, Jay and Joanne regularly visited the Outer Banks of North Carolina, sometimes with Catherine and Sean, where they combed beaches, watched birds, and ate many bowls of Hatteras Clam Chowder.
In her later years, Joanne found delight in her great-nephews and great-nieces, whose cheeks she caressed with a delicate and loving touch.
Joanne is survived by her husband Jay Snyder Paul; her daughter and son-in-law, Catherine Paul and Sean Scuras; her sister and brother-in-law Donna and Hugh Brownlee; her brother and sister- in-law, Mark and Carolyn Hasfurter; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles and Carolyn Paul; her nephews and nieces, Eric Brownlee (wife Maddi Zingraff, children Ivan and Annabeth), Andrew Brownlee (wife Katie Dixon Brownlee, son Hugh Thomas), Gretchen Hasfurter Knab (husband Aaron Knab, sons Ethan and Cameron), Ingrid Hasfurter, Colter Hasfurter, Rebecca Paul Sela (husband Amitai Sela, son Jonah), and Karen Paul Giblin (husband David Giblin, daughters Lindsay and Eliza).
The family is grateful for the care of aides and nurses from Bon Secours Hospice and Bayada Home Health, including Brittany, Fatima, Erica, Bea, Denise, Hope, Kim, Margie, Sister Elizabeth, Mia, Matilda, Helena, Melissa, and Darin.
A visitation will be held at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, on Saturday, July 8, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Instead of flowers, the family requests donations in Joanne’s memory to the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Program at the North Carolina Aquarium. Donations made by check may be noted as “in memory of Joanne Paul” and sent to Jim Mulvey, Director of Development, NC Aquarium Society, 3125 Poplarwood Court, Suite 160, Raleigh, NC 27604. Donations may also be made online at this link: https://ncaquariumsociety.com/donate/ Donors may type “In Memory of Joanne Paul” in the “Other Types of Donations” box in the middle of the page.