A friendly face in the Main Office since 1980, Mrs. Paonessa served as the heart and soul of our school for almost 45 years. She was not just a secretary but a friend, confidant, and source of unwavering support for students, staff, and parents alike. She greeted everyone with a warm smile, provided guidance during challenging times, and was an essential part of the daily operations that kept our school running smoothly. Tiny but mighty, no one would get past the Main office without a visitor’s pass or into Graduation without a ticket.

Mrs. Paonessa will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her dedication, kindness, and unwavering commitment to our school community have left an indelible mark that will be remembered for years to come. In 2008, Mrs. Paonessa was honored with the prestigious Legion of Honor award that recognizes those whose efforts have contributed to the school’s tradition of excellence. When asked what she loved most about working here, she stated, “I couldn’t begin to list them all. I have never thought of my job as work but instead as one of the blessings in my life.” Mrs. Paonessa, you were a true blessing to Our Lady of Lourdes High School!

As we mourn Mrs. Paonessa’s loss, let us also celebrate the profound impact she had on each of our lives. She will forever hold a special place in our hearts, and her legacy will continue to inspire us. Please share your favorite memories in the comments below.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Paonessa’s family during this difficult time. Please click here for details regarding services.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let Your perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.