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 Cecilia Ann <I>Orfano Moraco</I> Paonessa

Cecilia Ann Orfano Moraco Paonessa

Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, USA
Death 3 Apr 2003 (aged 87)
Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida, USA
Burial Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, USA
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Buffalo News

Owned Fashion Shop

Cecilia Ann Paonessa, the former owner and operator of Ceil's Fashion Shop on Pine Avenue and later a clerk for the Niagara Falls Police Department, died Thursday (April 3, 2003) under the care of Hope Hospice in Cape Coral, Fla. She was 87.

The former Cecilia Orfano was born in Niagara Falls.

She attended local schools and graduated from Niagara Falls High School.

Mrs. Paonessa designed dresses for herself, and in the 1950s she owned and operated Ceil's Fashion Shop. She worked for the Niagara Falls Police Department as a traffic violations department clerk from the 1960s until her retirement in the late 1970s.

She was a parishioner of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and a member of its Ladies of Charity group and its Senior Society. She was also a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church's senior group and was associated with the Italian Sons and Daughters of America. She had been a member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knight of Columbus. She enjoyed bowling and participated in various leagues in Niagara Falls. She also enjoyed playing the piano and organ.

In 2001, Mrs. Paonessa received the Cittadini Speciali Award from the Pine Avenue Business Association.

She was the widow of Nicholas R. Moraco, her first husband.

She was the widow of Peter J. Paonessa, a former Niagara Falls City Court judge.

Mrs. Paonessa is survived by a son, Nicholas J. Moraco of Cape Coral; a brother, Frank A. Orfano Sr. of Fort Myers, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph's Church, 1413 Pine Ave., following prayers at 10 in M.J. Colucci & Son Funeral Chapel, 468 19th St.

Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 153868056
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cecilia Ann Orfano Moraco Paonessa (22 Nov 1915–3 Apr 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 153868056, citing Saint Joseph's Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, USA ; Maintained by LS (contributor 48032273) .