Janie and family,
Scott and I just saw the notice of Paul's passing tonight (Feb. 24) while reading the Dickinson magazine. We are so shocked and saddened. How we wish we had followed through on our casual comment that "We should contact Paul and Janie and try to see them". His love for you all, and his community commitments were wonderful and admirable. We will call you in the morning.
Marty and Scott Laird
Paul A. Florenz, 69, died Thursday at St. Luke's Hospice in Bethlehem. He is survived by his wife, Jane (Kolb), with whom he shared 47 years of love and adventures, son Major Andrew R. Florenz (and Kyra), daughter Catherine D. Florenz, and daughter Martha Kolb Florenz Marello (and Chris). His pride in his wonderful children was unparalleled. Paul was also lucky enough to have seven adorable grandchildren. He was born in Lawrence, MA, and attended Philips Academy in Andover. Paul graduated from Dickinson College, and was granted a J.D. from the New England School of Law in 1979. He maintained a busy law practice from 1979 to 2018, first with Kolb & Florenz, P.C, and later with Kolb, Vasiliadis & Florenz, LLC. Paul was deeply involved with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, and served on its Board of Managers, most recently as Vice President, for many, many years. He was also Chairman of the House Staff. His love of the music and devotion to the Choir were unmatched. He was also a faithful member of Bethlehem Rotary for many years, and was actively serving on its Board of Directors. Paul dedicated many years to Lutheran Manor of the Lehigh Valley, and has acted as the President of the Board of Directors for the past 32 years. Most recently he oversaw the recent building of the new Wellness Center. Paul was not currently a member of any organized church, but was the very ideal of a Christian individual: a model of tolerance, service and love. This community will be the lesser for his loss. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018 at Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, at 4:00pm. Contributions in his honor may be made to the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Please do not send flowers. Online condolences may be sent to www.pearsonfh.com.
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Published in Morning Call on Oct. 21, 2018.