Paula Kenah Brienza
Paula Kenah Brienza, died Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Wexford Assisted Living in Wall. Born in Montclair, Paula grew up in East Orange. She moved to Wall in 1982. Ms. Brienza attended Mount St. Dominic Academy and Caldwell College and took post graduate courses in chemistry at Seton Hall University. After graduation, Paula went to work for Engelhard Industries as a catalytic chemist. She spent her entire career at Engelhard, retiring as manager of quality control and quality assurance. A patentee in auto exhaust catalyst preparation and metal catalyst preparation, Paula was listed in the 1980 edition of Who's Who of American Women.
Ms. Brienza was an active member of St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish in Spring Lake where she served as a Eucharist Minister and was a member of the original RCIA team for more than 15 years. She was a longtime member of the Spring Lake Garden Club and active member of the Board of Directors of the Weybridge Condominium Association, serving first as secretary, then vice president.
Paula was predeceased by her parents, Agnes and Joseph Kenah; her brothers, Al and Bert Kenah; and two nephews, John and Gregory Kenah. Surviving are three nieces, Margaret Kenah, Patricia Kenah, and Ellen Kenah Slanovits; eight nephews, Richard, Lawrence, Peter, Thomas, Andrew, James, Paul, and Patrick Kenah; 24 grandnieces and nephews, 18 great-grandnieces and nephews, and 9 first cousins.
Relatives and friends are invited to call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19 at the O'Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy. 35 at New Bedford Rd., Wall. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 20, 2013 at St. Catharine's Church, 215 Essex Ave., Spring Lake. Burial will be at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Bloomfield. For further information or to forward condolences to the family, please visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com