Paul A. Florenz
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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.
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March 11, 2019
Jeff Deloglos
February 24, 2019
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
Marty and Scott Laird
January 22, 2019
Dear Jane and Family: I am just now finding out about Paul's passing and I am completely shocked! I feel like I have just seen Paul not too long ago out and about for lunch. I am so very sorry for your loss. Paul was a wonderful man and a great lawyer. I know that his family meant the world to him. I always did enjoy working with him as he always had a smile on his face.

With deepest sympathy,
Anne Privado, Nazareth, PA
December 26, 2018
My DeAndrew,Katie & Margaret:

I was in complete and utter shock to hear of Paul's passing by my parents . Although, we haven't been in touch in forever, I will ALWAYS remember him for his kindness and down to earth personality. I will also NEVER forget watching all of your children for you while the two of you snuck out for time together as adults.

I literally can't imagine the pain and heartache you and your whole family have gone through all these past months and prior to him passing.

I'm was very thankful to hear that you have wonderful grandchildfren that he had the opportunity to enjoy & adore!!! I myself NEVER EVER forget my Grammy after all of these years, my only hopes are that they are old enough to cherish his every monment with him!!!

May God Bless you all through these darkest and hardest times during this truly difficult time of year...

By the way, I still miss watching Andrew, Katie & Martha and will NEVER forget any of you!!!

Love Always,

Lisa Nemeth (Banko)
Lisa Nemeth
December 1, 2018
To the Florenz family: my heartfelt condolences. Paul was a gentleman who clearly loved his profession and his life.
Marilyn Devroye
November 6, 2018
Jane & family,

Lindsay and I just heard about Paul's passing, and we are deeply sorry for your loss.
While we knew Paul on a professional level, I could always trust he cared for us personally and about the matter for which we came to him.

With prayers of sympathy,
Gary & Lindsay Kessler
November 5, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to the Florenz Family. We have known Paul for many years. Always the gentleman, he provided us sound legal advice over the years. May you know, although gone, he will be sadly missed.
Bob & Debbie Stewart
October 24, 2018
Janie,
I can only hope that the joys and adventures Paul brought to your life can help sustain you through this difficult time. What a life force Paul was! I'm glad that I got to share a small part of his life back in college. Paul was definitely a good man. Phi Alpha Paul.
Scott Spreat
October 24, 2018
I am truly saddened to hear of Paul's passing. We have known Paul for many years. He was always a gentleman no matter what the situation was. It was always comforting to know that he was just a phone call away if you ever had a question. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jane and his family. May he rest in peace.

Donald & Ellen Pharo
Donalp Pharo
October 24, 2018
Sending love and wishing Cate and her family courage and perseverance.
Charlotte Brock
October 23, 2018
Florenz Family,

May God grant you peace during this difficult time. I met Paul 2 years ago as a new member on the Lutheran Manor Board. I will be forever grateful to him for welcoming me to his board with open arms.
Dan Christman
October 23, 2018
My thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences are with Paul's family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time. He was a true gentleman and will be missed.
Joann Ferraro
October 23, 2018
Dear Florenz Family,
I wish to express my deepest sympathy upon the untimely death of Paul. I would see him at the court house daily and he will be missed. May your memories be a source of comfort.
Sincerely,
Jacqueline Yelovich
October 23, 2018
My heart was saddened upon hearing the news about Paul's passing. My most sincere condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace.
Gladys Iacona
October 23, 2018
Florenz family,

My deepest condolences for your loss. I've work with Paul over the past 9 years doing adoptions with our county. He was always so pleasant to work with. He truly loved the adoption process and being a part of that special day when a new family is officially formed. My coworkers and I am saddened by the news.
ALEX CARRILLO
October 22, 2018
Jane and Family,
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Paul's passing.
I had the privilege of working with him for 24 years as the President of our Board at Lutheran Manor.

With prayers and sympathy,
Dolores Boyle
October 22, 2018
Jane and family, I knew Paul from his association with Lutheran Manor of which I am past president of the Residents Association and now on site security. he was a great person and I know how deeply he cared for the residents here and the staff. I am just so happy he got to see the opening of our wellness center of which he had a great role in bringing to fruition. like the song says its not what you take with you that matters its what you leave behind you when you go. you left a great legacy Paul and here at Lutheran Manor your memory will be treasured always.
kenneth clifford
October 22, 2018
TO THE FLORENZ FAMILY,

WE WERE VERY SADDENED TO LEARN OF PAUL'S DEATH. OUR STAFF HAVE WORKED WITH PAUL FOR YEARS AS HE HAS REPRESENTED MANY ADOPTIVE FAMILIES AT THEIR ADOPTION FINALIZTION HEARINGS. PAUL WAS ALWAYS WILLING TO HELP US EVEN WITH THE MOST DIFFICULT AND CONTESTED CASES. WE WERE TO BE IN COURT WITH HIM TOMORROW. WE WILL REALLY MISS HIS LEGAL KNOWLEDGE AND HIS DRY SENSE OF HUMOR.
KATHY ROACH/DIAKON ADOPTION & FOSTER CARE
KATHY ROACH
October 22, 2018
Jane and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. Our paths crossed infrequently in the last few years but it always felt the way it did in our early years, happy, friendly and familiar,as if it had been yesterday when we spoke last.I miss his presence already
Jim Fiorentino
October 22, 2018
Jim Fiorentino
October 22, 2018
To the family of Paul Florenz,

My sincere condolence to all of you. Paul was a very special person. He had a special gift which he shared with many people. It was an honor and privilege to have known Paul. He made the world a better place for so many of us. He went above and beyond. I hope I can carry on what he has taught us in life.
Sharon (Ackerman) Johnson
October 22, 2018
Kathy Roach
October 22, 2018
Sharon Johnson
Acquaintance
October 22, 2018
Jane and family - our sincere sympathies to you all. We cannot imagine the enormity of your loss. Paul was a larger than life, wonderful, vibrant guy who loved his family and life. Our deepest sympathies.

Robin Flemming & Vaughn Gower
Robin Flemming
October 22, 2018
To the Florenz family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time. Paul was a wonderful man, always kind to everyone. Please know that his presence and guidance will be with you each and every day. May the comfort of God be with you.

With deepest sympathy,
The Wescoe family
October 22, 2018
Janie and family. Our deepest condolences for your loss. Paul was a true gentleman who always lived up to Rotary's motto; "Service above Self". May your memories of the joyful husband, father and grandfather sustain your family in the months ahead.
Charlie and Terry Walter
October 22, 2018
Dear Jane and family,
Our deepest condolences to you and your family. We're very saddened to hear of Paul's passing. May he Rest In Peace.
Louise and Bill Sarko
William Sarko
October 21, 2018
I am so sorry for your family's loss. I remember Mr. Florenz as such a kind man.
Courtney Dymond
October 21, 2018
I am very saddened by this news. I enjoyed getting to know Paul on the bel canto and bach choir boards. He was such a wonderful man. My heart goes out to Janie and your family with my deepest condolences.
Patricia Alercia
October 21, 2018
Florenz Family,

I am so saddened to see this. Paul was a good man and our community is better from having him in it. My heartfelt and sincere condolences.

Lynn Cunningham
October 21, 2018
Although we went to the same law school, I didn't get to know Paul until I had a few cases with him in our respective practices. He was a fine lawyer, but more importantly he was the consummate gentleman and kind human being. My deepest sympathies to the whole Florenz family.
Gwin Krouse
October 21, 2018
So saddened by this loss. He will be sorely missed by many. My thoughts, prayers, and condolences to Paul's family and friends.
Christine Cleaver
October 21, 2018
My deepest heartfelt condolences to Jane, Andrew, Katie and Martha. Paul was the epitome of a great man who was a loving husband , father and friend. He will be sadly missed by his entire family and many friends. I am so fortunate to have known him. His presence and service to his community will be missed. May God comfort and keep him in eternal rest.
Tony Villani
October 21, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
October 21, 2018
Jane My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.Paul was great friend always smiling with positive things to say.He will be missed by many.God bless his soul.
October 21, 2018
David Keretz
October 21, 2018
Yes, "this community will be the lesser for his loss", but I am the richer for having known him.
October 21, 2018
My condolences to the Florenz family and friends. May you take comfort in God and he give you peace as you endure this difficult time. John 17:3
October 21, 2018
FLORENZ FAMILY:DON'T CRY BECAUSE HIS LIFE IS OVER. SMILE, BECAUSE IT WAS. DEEPEST SYMPATHY. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME. MAY HE REST IN PEACE.
BACH CHOIR, BETHLEHEM
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