Paul Gerard Werling
May 16, 1968 – December 21, 2020
On December 21, 2020, as the “Christmas Star” became visible, Paul Gerard Werling hitched his ride to heaven. Born with cerebral palsy on May 16, 1968, in New York, Paul faced challenges most cannot even imagine. Through perseverance and determination, Paul overcame enormous physical obstacles. Paul and his family moved to Baton Rouge and soon began therapies at the Cerebral Palsy Center (now The McMains Children’s Developmental Center) and Paul actively helped promote its mission. He was mainstreamed in elementary school, graduated from Tara High with honors and entered Louisiana Tech where he continued to excel. Paul’s strong work ethic equipped him for supervised, independent living and the ability to perform numerous physical tasks despite having limited mobility. He volunteered at the Baton Rouge General for over ten years and then worked as a courier at Our Lady of the Lake making many friends along the way. Paul loved his family, faith, dogs, eating, and a strong dose of sarcasm. Paul is survived by his parents Ralph and Barbara Werling; three sisters, Ruth May (Gus), Geri Sutton (Chuck), Suzanne Morrison (Michael); two brothers, Michael (Stephanie) and Ralph (Anne) and numerous nieces and nephews. The family thanks the personal caregivers and support staff who helped Paul be as independent as possible and Pinnacle Hospice, Hometown Senior Care, and Moore Care who made his last days comfortable. A Memorial Mass to celebrate Paul’s life will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church on Saturday, January 16 at 10:00 a.m. Please remember Covid rules apply. The family respectfully requests memorials be made to McMains Children’s Developmental Center, 1805 College Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
- Ralph and Barbara Werling, Parents
- Ruth May (Gus), Sister
- Geri Sutton (Chuck), Sister
- Suzanne Morrison (Michael), Sister
- Michael Werling (Stephanie), Brother
- Ralph Werling (Anne), Brother
- Numerous nieces and nephews.
- McMains Children’s Developmental Center
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Paul Gerard Werling
January 14, 2021
I was sad to hear about the passing of Paul. He was a student at Tara High School and I was his Adapted P E teacher. He enjoyed the class and I always looked for fun things to do for Paul and his classmates that didn't involve therapy. The best part of class was watching Paul interact with his arch enemy and best friend Jonathan. One day Paul had this great idea to get even with Jonathan by bringing a squirt gun to class and blast him when he wasn't looking. Jonathan got wind of it, grabbed the squirt gun from Paul jumped up in the bleachers and blasted him. Paul couldn't get away fast enough and he was soaked. A half hour of utter chaos. I finally stepped in and stopped it. A few choice words were passed and later, they left class as good friends. I always let these two rip and run because for a brief moment they forgot their problems. Again I am so sorry to hear of his passing. God bless.
Bridget (Werling) Cook-Burch
December 27, 2020
After we heard about Paul's passing, Mom (Aunt Pat) and I were together a few days before Christmas, looking for pictures of her grandfather for her history. We didn't find his picture but kept coming up with photos of Paul! It was priceless. One of my favorite was a large family gathering, and Paul was sitting on Dad's (Uncle Dick's) lap, and both wearing a huge grin.
We suddenly had a very strong feeling that Paul had three amazing men--Uncle Dick, Uncle Roger, and Uncle Bob there to greet him!
John and Mary Overmeyer
December 24, 2020
Our prayers go our to Ralph, Barbara and family. We are sorry for your loss. We pray that Our Lord will take Paul into his loving arms.
Sharon & Steve Babin
December 23, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Werling family at this time. May you find peace and comfort in God’s love.
Steve and Sharon Babin