HOWLAND — Paul Edward Oliva, 73, entered into eternal rest at 7:20 pm Wednesday, May 11, 2022, with family and friends by his side.
Paul was born July 24, 1948, in Youngstown, to Paul and Martha Robovsky Oliva.
He was a graduate of Girard High School and went on to earn his engineering degree from Youngstown State University. Paul retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation after 32 years. I really enjoyed being an engineer.
Paul spent the last 20 years during his retirement doing what he loved — spending quality time with friends and family and enjoying nature. He and his wife, Joanne, lived part-time in Fountain Hills, Ariz., where they enjoyed making new friends, hiking and exploring the desert. They also traveled around the country visiting friends and family. They spent many summers in Italy with family, and he also really enjoyed visiting with his cousins in Canada. Paul also loved to fish and did so at various places across the country, and he even got to teach some of his grandchildren how to fish. He especially loved visiting with his children from him. Most of all, though, Paul loved connecting with family and friends — and he made friends everywhere he went. He will be deeply missed by many, many people.
Paul leaves behind his loving wife of 37 years, Joanne Rubesich Oliva, whom he married March 15, 1985. He also leaves behind four children, Jon-Michael Oliva of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Zachary (Natalie) Oliva of Houston, Texas, and their daughter, Camila; Anne Oliva of Warren and her son, Michael; and Kristen (Rick) Whited of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and their sons, Lucas and Joey. He also is survived by his siblings, Regina Oliva, Paulette Jones and James Oliva.
His oldest sister, Martha Muldowney, is deceased.
Joanne would like to thank all family members and special friends who supported her and Paul during this difficult journey with Alzheimer’s. A special thank you to Paul’s friends Myron, Ray, Tony and John.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 am, followed by a Memorial Mass at 11 am Monday, May 16, 2022, at St. Rose Catholic Church, 48 Main St., Girard, Ohio.
Paul will be laid to rest in Howland Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Buckeye Hospice, 810 Boardman Canfield Road, Suite 1, Boardman, Ohio 44515 or The Salvatore Ponzio III Memorial fund at Girard High School.
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