A beautiful, caring, forgiving and fun-loving woman

WAKEFIELD — Paula Marie (Antanelis) Casey, of Wakefield, formerly of Melrose, passed away at the High Pointe House Hospice in Haverhill on March 18, 2022.

Born in Boston to Dr. Joseph and Anna Antanelis.

Raised in South Boston, she attended St. Peter’s Elementary School, Cardinal Cushing High School (1961) and Boston State College with a degree in Elementary Education (1965) and Masters of Education (1970).

She was crowned Queen of the Eastern States Exposition “The Big E” in 1964.

Paula taught kindergarten in Boston Public Schools and taught elementary school at St. Mary’s School in Melrose. She later served as a substitute teacher within the Melrose Public Schools for many years.

Paula served as a member of the Washington School PTA and was a dedicated instructor in the St. Mary’s Religious Education program. Her strong Christian faith and trust in Jesus, was the source of her strength through challenges in life.

Paula found time to enjoy gardening and was graced with a talent for still life painting but her main focus was that of her family. She enjoyed beautiful afternoons sitting outside, listening to birds and soaking up the sunshine.

Paula is remembered as a beautiful, caring, forgiving, fun-loving woman, who had a gift of making others feel special. Most of all, Paula enjoyed celebrations and spending time with her children, grandchildren, extended family and the many friends she made through life.

Beloved mother of Michael Casey and his wife, Leticia DiPipi, of Pa.; Stephen Casey and his wife, Debra Hunt, of R.I.; Mark Casey and his wife Laura of Melrose; Kristin Reino and her husband, Christopher, of North Hatfield; Peter Casey and his wife, Andrea, of Medford and the late Christopher Casey. Loving grandmother of Alyssa and Christopher Casey, Elena and John Casey, Emma and James Casey and Casey Reino. Caring sister of Carol Romkey of Billerica and the late Joanne Sweeney. Former wife of Joseph Casey. Also survived by several nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation was held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Friday, March 25, 2022 from 4 – 7 p.m. A funeral service was held at Great Rock Church, 256 Andover St., Danvers, on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Paula’s name to High Pointe Hospice House, 360 North Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830.