Paulene’s career in DoDDS began in 1963 in Verdun, France. When foreign troops were ordered from French soil, she was transferred to SHAPE, Belgium, where she taught in the elementary school until 1993. Her students benefited from her interest in all things international when she accompanied them to classes at the seaside, in the Ardennes, and ski school in Switzerland.
Always active in the community, she was an avid darts player, participated in Phi Delta Kappa, and entertained with panache. Everyone who knew Paulie has a story to tell of involvement with horses, camping, her travels around the world, and her interest in antiques. She could keep one entertained for hours with her tales.
Even in retirement she could not slow down. In Agawam, MA, she was active in her church, vigorously supported the senior center, participated in senior Olympics, and collected anything that looked like Mickey Mouse. She treasured her little red Porsche during her years in Europe and missed the thrill of driving it when she returned to the States. For her 80th birthday, she treated herself to a little red Honda sports car that was admired by everyone who saw her tooling along in it.