Paula Ilene Fassman

October 10, 1947May 1, 2020

Paula Ilene Fassman was born on October 10, 1947 and passed away on May 1, 2020 and is under the care of Lakeside Memorial Park and Funeral Home.

Graveside Service will be held on May 3, 2020 at 11:30 am at Lakeside Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 10301 NW 25th Street, Miami, FL.

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  • Graveside Service

    Sunday, May 3, 2020


Paula Ilene Fassman

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Terri Blakley

May 10, 2020

So many true and beautiful things have been posted here by others, especially about Paula’s spirit, wit, kindness, warmth, humor, GREAT LAUGH, brilliance, creativity, generosity, and oh, so much more. She always was, and always will be, a gem. When Mark and I first moved to Portugal and started working at ALI, she was the only teacher trainer that didn’t intimidate me, because of her loving personality. And we had so much fun singing in the teachers’ work room! She has always held a very special place in our lives in Portugal, and now that she isn’t physically here, there is a friend-shaped hole in our universe. Golly, Paula, we miss you, querida. But, as your friend, Ellen Leesfield, so aptly put it, “You will light up the skies!” And you truly do. Love you forever...

Rosemary Sullivan

May 4, 2020

Paula was such a wonderful spirit. When I first arrived in Lisbon in 1981, she was so kind, welcoming and generous. I had the greatest esteem for her as a teacher and author, and the deepest regard for her as a friend. She remained someone I always trusted to get to the heart of the matter, whatever it might be. I am deeply sorry for her family and for all who loved her. I spent some time in Dornes with her, which was a joy. Though I moved back to the U.S. many years ago, my memories of Portugal are intertwined with memories of Paula.

Fran Fassman

May 3, 2020

My sister was quite a character, as you all know. Highly gifted, creative, witty, encyclopedic, mercurial, world class scatter brain, brilliant teacher, writer and mentor. Her husband, Vova, her son, Paulo, and his wife, Aigul, her granddaughters, Esther and Yael, her extended family, the Bermans and Herzogs, ..her great friends, especially Stephanie, and Isabella, and I, will all carry different memories, but the same sense of loss. The last words I ever heard her say to me were, you’re the woman I love most in the world. As I did her.

Ellen Leesfield

May 2, 2020

I remember vividly spending time with Paula shortly before she left for Portugal. She was the most fascinating character I had ever met. I was, perhaps 16, so she 19. she was leaving only for a year abroad - we thought. What has stayed with me about her, always, was her cosmic energy: Her excitement at a new cord on the guitar, a new idea, a different possibility. And then there was her laugh. It began as a low rumble, and, like a freight train coming out of a tunnel, it grew - it overtook you.
Now I know, for sure, we do not die. We do not “pass away” How silly is that, right, Paula? And you will not “rest in peace” - no way!
You will light up the skies! Rock on my friend. You will be missed.

Venette Cook

May 2, 2020

I met Paula in Lisbon, in my formative post-MATEFL teaching years. I had a lot of theory about teaching which can only take a teacher so far. Paula's humor and warm intelligence helped me learn to make language come alive in a classroom. Paula was never boring and such a great mentor. Her voice stayed with me all of my career. Just visited Lisbon in January with two daughters and one of four granddaughters. So grateful Paula and Portugal were part of my life. Sending love to all. Cherish her laugh and her life.

Betty Mendillo

May 2, 2020

May peace find its way to Paula's family. She brought great joy and wisdom to all who knew her, including me.

Deborah Glover

May 2, 2020

My sincere sympathy to Paula's family and friends. I had the pleasure of being her guest in Portugal and enjoying her friendship for many years. She was a remarkable woman: brilliant, funny, loving, and creative. I hope she and Anita have a beautiful reunion in Heaven.

Margaret Rose

May 2, 2020

So sorry to hear of the passing of Paula. I will always cherish the memories of when we visited her in Portugal. May fond memories comfort you and the family during this difficult time.

Ariane Bengio

May 2, 2020

Bubby Paula, we will always remember you with love, respect and admiration.
We shall treasure our memories together, the “rock -a-bye baby” lullaby you sang to us, your jokes, your cooking, the house in Dornes and our adventures many things. You were the first person who took pictures of us when we were born and we know you were extremely proud of us.
Rest in peace dear grandma and watch over us forever. We carry you in our hearts.
Always, your granddaughters,
Esther & Yael

Gillian Hopkins

May 2, 2020

Wishing healing and peace to Paula's family and friends. I first met Paula when, as a fledgling and somewhat bewildered new teacher in Lisbon, she acted as a mentor. And what a great mentor she was: offering constructive advice, encouragement and a foundation of solid teaching skills that lasted a lifetime.
Apart from being a brilliant teacher and front-line writer of ESL exercises and activities, Paula was also full of life - funny and smart and kind. I regret not seeing more of her in the last few years

G*d rest her soul.

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