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Paula Parizzi (Cravero)

Paula Parizzi (Cravero)

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07/26/11 10:18 AM #1    

Judith** Raikowski (Burr)


Paula Cravero

Paula Cravero, of 2917 28th Ave. A, Moline, died at home Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Services are 9:30 a.m. Thursday at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, and 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Moline. The Rev. Robert Rayson will officiate. Burial is in St. Mary's Cemetery, East Moline, with military rites conducted by Moline American Legion Post 246.

Visitation is 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, with a Christian wake service at 6:30 p.m.

She was born July 16, 1945, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to John and Providence ``Bobbi'' Parizzi. She was graduated from Newton College of the Sacred Heart in 1967. Paula was then commissioned as an ensign in the United States Navy where she earned the Navy Achievement Medal in the Bureau of Naval Personnel. She also worked for the Census Bureau as a budget analyst.

She met and married Joseph Cravero while in the Navy and celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary last Dec. 21. Paula had three beautiful children whom she loved dearly: Joseph, Anthony and John Cravero.

After moving to Illinois, Paula attended Black Hawk College and St. Ambrose University. Paula went on to the University of Iowa, where she earned her MBA in 1991 and was first in her graduating class. She worked as a staff accountant for William Huckfeldt in the early 1980s.

Paula was a professor in the accounting department at Black Hawk College for the past 17 years, where she had been a past president of the faculty senate and a past chairman of the department. She was named Accounting Professor of the Year in 1995 by the Illinois Society of CPAs. Paula was a member of the Western Illinois University Accounting Advisory Committee.

She loved teaching accounting and truly loved every one of her students. A scholarship in her name is going to be opened at Black Hawk College. Memorials may be made to the ``Paula Cravero Scholarship Fund.''

Paula was, and always will be, the perfect hostess. She loved the beach, Mexico and flowers.

She is survived by her wonderful family, including her husband, Joe; and her sons, Joseph, Anthony and his lovely wife, Ann, and John and his special friend, Shayla McNeill; her dear sister, Joan Martin, and her husband, Rodger; her wonderful niece and nephew, Erin and Lane Martin; her very devoted sisters-in-law, Loretta Sabio and Dorothy Holahan; Loretta's wonderful children, Brett and Doreen, V.J. and Kim, and Dorothy Sabio; and her extended ``family'' of very dear and special friends and students. Paula will always be in our hearts and in our prayers.

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