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Obituary for Paul L. Milza

March 16, 1926 – March 28, 2024
Cornwall, NY

Paul Milza of Cornwall, NY, formerly of Staten Island, NY, and Plymouth, Vermont, passed away at the age of 98 on March 28th, 2024, surrounded by his loving family.

Paul is survived by his beloved wife JoAnn Milza (née Bradley) of 63 years, who he met while they were both teaching History at New Dorp High School. Paul and JoAnn raised a large and loving family; Paul and Judy Milza (née Osifchin), Kathleen Furman (née Milza) and Michael Furman; Michael and Tania Milza (née Ratner) and Peter and Francesca Panfilo-Milza (née Panfilo) as well as eight grandchildren; Alex Milza, Danielle Aristizabal (née Milza); Matthew, David, and Andrew Furman; Amelia and Sophie Milza; and Zoe Milza as well as one great-grandchild Luciana Aristizabal. He is survived by his loving siblings; Catherine Seggio (née Milza), Edward Milza and Ernie and Gloria Milza (née Roselle) as well as many nephews and nieces who loved him so much.

Paul was born in Staten Island, NY, on March 16, 1926, to Paul and Louise Milza (née Molinelli). He graduated from New Dorp High School in 1945 and then served his country in the army from 1945 –1946. After his service ended, he attended St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, graduating in 1951 under the GI Bill. Following graduation, he returned to New Dorp High School in 1952 and began a lengthy career as a history teacher and football coach. He served as assistant coach to Sal Somma until 1976 and head coach through the 1979 season. During this time, New Dorp football enjoyed enormous success winning 5 New York city titles. He retired from New Dorp in 1985 and became the Athletic Director at Moore Catholic High School where he remained until 1994.

After retiring from Moore, he pursued with vigor his other passions, traveling with his beloved wife JoAnn, gardening, skiing, exercising, and spending time with his 4 children and 8 grandchildren. He also was an avid fan of Notre Dame football and could be found standing, arms crossed, in front of his TV for the entire game on any given Saturday. His faith was always an integral part of his life and Paul enjoyed participating in the life of his parishes as a lector and a member of the Knights of Columbus. During their long retirement, Paul and JoAnn travelled extensively, going to Europe several times. They also crisscrossed the country on more than one mission occasion in their RV visiting Alaska, the Canadian Rockies, and many other states before settling in Plymouth, Vermont, a place they loved to spend time in the summers camping and skiing in the winter. They thrived in Plymouth for more than 20 years before moving to Cornwall, NY in 2017 to be closer to their family.

On March 16, 2024, Paul celebrated his 98th birthday with his children and grandchildren and had the joy of meeting his first great grandchild, Luciana. Paul was beloved by all who met him, from his children and grandchildren to the students and faculty he came in touch with during 40 years of teaching and coaching to the friends and neighbors from the communities in which he lived during his long and beautiful life. He will be missed terribly by all.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1st at Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc., 337 Hudson St. Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2nd at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, 340 Hudson Street, Cornwall, NY. Interment will follow at St. Thomas Cemetery, Cornwall, NY.

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