René C. Pauley
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AGE: 63 • Wilmington
René C. Pauley, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, January 9, 2014 after a long struggle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) and a bone marrow transplant.
Born to the late Phebe Boulden Pauley and J. George Pauley, Sr., René graduated from Wilmington High School, attended Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa and graduated from the University of Delaware in 1972. René was a lifelong member of the Community of Christ Church.
René remained active through his illness. He retired after a 40-year career in advertising sales with Delmarva Broadcasting Company (WDEL/WSTW Radio). René was also a fashion/commercial model as well as the organist and music director at his church. He enjoyed gardening, travel, was an old movie aficionado, reading, and good times spent with family and friends. He cherished vacation memories at both Rehoboth Beach and Ocean City, New Jersey.
In addition to his parents, René was predeceased by many beloved aunts, uncles, and grandparents. He is survived by his daughters, Susan Poppiti (Vincent), and Samantha Pauley; his brother George (Gail); his partner Michael Byrne; nephews, nieces, and close cousins. René was inspired during his illness by his great-niece, Savannah Pauley's brave fight with cancer. She died at the age of 10 in 2009.
A viewing will be held from 10 am to 12 pm on Wednesday, January 15th at the McCRERY & HARRA Funeral Home, 3710 Kirkwood Highway (Rt. 2 at Duncan Rd.) Wilmington, DE 19808. The funeral service will begin at 12 noon. Interment will follow the service at Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery. The family would like to thank the caring and dedicated doctors and nurses at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, specifically, those in Rhoads and the MICU. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in René's name to Community of Christ Church, 1205 Milltown Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808 or the Helen Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown-Stanton Rd., Newark, DE 19713. www.mccreryandharra.com
McCrery & Harra Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc
3710 Kirkwood Hwy
Wilmington, DE 19808
Published in The News Journal from Jan. 12 to Jan. 14, 2014