Paula Durao

Paula Durao (Dellarosa)

Friday, November 29th, 1957 - Tuesday, August 11th, 2020
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Paula Dellarosa Durao, 62,of Berlin, CT passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 6:05pm comfortably in her home surrounded by her loving family after a long sixteen year battle with cancer.
Paula was born November 29th, 1957 in Hartford, CT to Paul and Diana Dellarosa of East Hartford, CT. She has always been the light to brighten up the room ever since she was a girl.

She went to East Hartford High School where she had gained many friends who would follow her into her adulthood. She worked as an office manager for Dr. Herbert Hoffman for almost thirty years with a team of wonderful, compassionate life-long friends.

Paula was an incredible wife, mother, aunt, nonna and friend. She was an excellent hostess and thrived on gathering family and friends for loads of laughter and fun. She loved to cook and always made sure there was a home cooked meal on the table for her family.

She could almost always be found shopping and socializing with friends in one of her many pairs of glamorous sparkling heels. She is a kind, compassionate soul who always showed so much resilience and grace despite all the pain she endured for so long. If you were in her presence you could feel her warm and infectious energy.

Paula is survived by her loving husband, Victor. Her son Christopher and his wife Sarah. Her son Scott and his fiancé Caitlin. Her son Benjamin. Her mother Diana Dellarosa and her brother Steven Dellarosa. She has returned to her loving father, Paul Dellarosa who passed away earlier this year on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

Services will be held for Paula on Tuesday, August 18th at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 50 Kane St, Hartford, CT 06106. Family and friends are asked to meet directly at the church for a 10:00 am, Mass of Christian Burial. Masks are required.

In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family asks to please make a donation to a cancer foundation of your choice in the name of Paula Durao.

The family would like to thank everyone for all of their love, compassion and support for Paula throughout the years and now during this hard time.

“Eat dessert first, life is short” - Paula
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  • Service

    Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 10:00am
    Our Lady of Fatima
    50 Kane Street
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    Family and friends are asked to meet directly at the church for a 10:00 am, Mass of Christian Burial. Masks are required.
  • Interment

    Cedar Hill Cemetery
    453 Fairfield Avenue
    HARTFORD, CT 06114
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Tami Lombardi

Posted at 12:23pm
Paula was such a beautiful soul. Her smile and compassion will never be forgotten. Our prayers go out to Diana, Victor and the family and her brother, Steven.
The Lombardi's and The Kozlowski's

Jean M Thompson

Posted at 09:46am
Dear Victor, Scott, Chris and Ben,
Paula was such an effervescent, warm and compassionate woman. She took her profession seriously and was absolutely the right person and first person to greet all of Dr. Hoffman's patients. My heart aches for all of you. I am incredibly sad. It was always so much fun waiting to see what shoes Paula would be wearing each day . She loved her home and all of you and was gracious and generous in sharing everything.

Ginger Hoddu

Posted at 02:30pm
I didn’t know Paula well but I know & worked w/Victor. They shared so much love ❤️. Soulmates.
Paula - Rest In Peace
Victor - thoughts & prayers for you & your family 🙏🏻❤️

Victor Durao

Posted at 10:53pm
For 34 years of love and marriage , I shared your passion for life and family, I have a life time of memories thanks to you, a fight for life , I learned from you , in your parting I know you now have no pain, and a watchful eye you will have over those you loved. Your forever loving husband Victor

Rita Rothberg

Posted at 06:12pm
Paula was my best friend In the whole world. She was an adoring mother and wife; family was everything to her. She was so warm & kind, fun & bubbly with a smile that could light the entire room. She will be incredibly missed, she left an unforgettable imprint on everyone she met. I cannot imagine life without her...but as she cared so much for others here on earth, I know she’ll be guarding us all from on high and shining just as bright as always...

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