Paula Mazzotti, 95, of Schenectady, passed away peacefully at home Friday, January 6th. A private Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church in Schenectady followed by burial at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Glenville. Conferring the honor of escorting Paula to eternal rest beside her beloved husband were her grandchildren, Tracy Mazzotti, Victor Mazzotti, Jr., Philip Mazzotti, and Fred Lott. She was born to the late Victor and Caesarina (Paladini) Puccinelli in Pignone, Italy on September 1, 1921. Her family moved to Lucca, Italy when she was 10 years old. Paula met her longtime love, Sam, when he was in Infantry solider in the U.S. Army during World War II. At 25 years old she moved to Schenectady. They married on April 13, 1947 and celebrated 51 years of marriage before Sam's passing on October 6, 1998. Paula was a devout Catholic, kind, compassionate and always acceptable of everyone. Her faith in God and St. Gemma, her patron saint, brought her through her journey of life. Her biggest joys were her family, friends, cooking and traveling. Recently, this past July, being with her entire family on Cape Cod for her grandson's wedding brought her much happiness and comfort. For more than 30 years, Paula worked as a seamstress in Schenectady. For the majority of her career, working at the former Dall's Clothing Store in Latham. Survivors include her children, Sam (Mary) Mazzotti of Cape Coral, FL, Phyllis (Mike) Palma of Schenectady and Victor (Liz) Mazzotti of Guilderland. Grandchildren, Tina (Kevin) Richards of Rancho Mission Viejo, CA, Tracy Mazzotti of Schenectady, Samantha (Chris Weiss) Mazzotti of Tampa, FL, Kristie (Fred) Lott of Schenectady, Victor (Danielle) Mazzotti, Jr. of Latham and Philip (Nicole) Mazzotti of Malta, NY and eight great-grandchildren who will forever miss their loving Noni. Besides her parents and husband, Sam, Paula was predeceased by her brother, Bruno Puccinelli. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all of her Doctors, friends, dedicated and loving home health care nurses and Deacon Bob Sweeney for all their support and kindness these past few months.
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