FOWLER - Paula Ann Smigrocky, 69, passed away Thursday afternoon, Nov. 1, 2012, at St. Joseph Health Center, with her sister and friends by her side.
She was born Feb. 24, 1943, in Cleveland, the daughter of Paul and Ann Smigrocky.
Paula was a 1960 graduate of Fowler High School. She also received a bachelor of arts in sociology from Youngstown State in 1970 and a master's in clinical social work from the University of Louisiana in 1972.
Paula was a full-time clinical therapist at Columbiana County Mental Health Center from 1972 to 1984, and then continued part-time there from 1986 until 2009. In 1983, she was employed as a marriage and family therapist at Catholic Community Services in Trumbull County and became a program manager in 1986. She had been a licensed independent social worker in the state of Ohio since 1986 and an adoption assessor since 1996.
In 2006, Paula was named Social Worker of the Year for the Ohio Chapter, Region 4 of the National Association of Social Workers.
Until her passing, Paula worked for the Catholic Charities Regional Agency as program manager of Community Services, overseeing senior support and the Senior Center in East Liverpool; Adoption and First Step Pregnancy Support; Housing and Homeless Services; and Emergency Assistance and Family Support. Paula was also site coordinator for the Warren office. She was an adoption assessor for the state of Ohio and over the years facilitated countless adoptions in Trumbull County.
Paula had many interests, such as camping at Paradise Lakes Family Campground, fishing and boating, gardening, knitting, woodcarving, raising and breeding Boston terriers, raising exotic birds, skiing, golfing, reading and keeping up with the successes of her niece and nephew.
Paula will be sadly missed by a sister, Norma Jeanne Brink, and brother-in-law Lloyd Brink of Vienna; a beloved niece, Jessica Ann Garver of North Andover, Mass.; nephew, Aaron Paul Smigrocky of Apple Valley, Ca.; cousins, Marlin Sue Martin and H. Frank (Diana) Martin, all of Cortland; her co-workers; and many lifelong friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 24, 2013, at Alberini's in Warren.
Memorial contributions may be made in Paula's name to Catholic Charities Regional Agency, 175 Laird Ave. N.E., Warren, OH 44483 for The Senior Medication Fund Trumbull Co., or to Catholic Charities Regional Agency, 600 E. Fourth St., East Liverpool, OH 43920 for The Senior Center. Contributions can also be made to H.I.K.E.(Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment Fund) and sent to Chairman Shawn Burke, 235 Windsor Drive, East Liverpool, OH 43920.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Shafer-Winans Chapel, in Cortland.
Family and friends may view this obituary and send condolences at www.shaferwinanschapel.com