In the words of Paula, "follow your heart."
  • 44 years old
  • Born on January 6, 1966 .
  • Passed away on January 2, 2011 .

This is dedicated in the memory of our loved one, Paula Cunha who was born on January 6, 1966 and passed away on January 2, 2011. She will never be forgotten and we will miss her dearly.

A memorial services will be held at 10am on Saturday January 22nd at Transfiguration Catholic Church, 4000 E Castro Valley Blvd. in Castro Valley.  Burial to follow at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward at 12-1pm followed by Celebration of Life at 19806 Wisteria St., Castro Valley.



Posted by Sunny Craft on 24th January 2011
My sincere condolences to Tony, their family and friends. I was very sad to hear that Paula had passed away. I worked with Paula at SanLo and will always remember her as such a genuinely nice person. What a smile! Sunny Craft
Posted by Linda Jones on 13th January 2011
Hey Brandon, We just wanted you to know that we are all thinking of you on your 18th birthday. Love from the girls, Linda, Elizabeth and Doreen
Posted by Lela Cesena on 12th January 2011
Dear Tony and Family: I am so very sorry for the your loss of your loving wife and mother, Paula. I met Paula when she joined SLZ High and I worked in the SIP office that was next to her office. She will be missed, but remember, she will always be in your heart and memories.
Posted by Kathy Records on 12th January 2011
Dear Tony and Family, Words can never express the sympathy one would like to convey at a time like this. Only know that you are in our prayers and that Paula was a wonderful person who touched many lives and made a difference.
Posted by Jeanne Joaquin on 12th January 2011
I will miss Paula's big, beautiful smile. I met her when she was Dayton School's cafeteria manager, she took care of "our" babies - no one went unfed, even if it was just peanut butter sandwiches (including me!). After not seeing Paula for a few years, when I ran into her at SLZ her smile lit up the place as if it was yesterday we last talked. She will be missed, my heart goes out to her family.
Posted by Seana Flowers on 11th January 2011
Paula was one of the sweetest and most caring people I have ever met. You could see the love she had for others in her eyes. I will miss her smile and our little talks about our lives and family. Thank you Paula for being my friend and Mommy mentor and sharing your life with me.
Posted by Teresa Mullen on 11th January 2011
I have known Paula for like ever she was like my second mom to me.. when i use to go over there and play with micheal and josh she was always just so nice.. as i got older the visits would be less but me and my mom would always just pop in and say hi, and we would sit there with paula and tony and talk.. she was a great person, and a wonderful mother and wife.. i will always look up to paula.
Posted by Lisa Giretto on 11th January 2011
Lisa Giretto and family feel privileged to have known such a beautiful person who comes from and equally beautiful family. We are better people from knowing you and your family Paula. Love forever from us The giretto's
Posted by Julie Calderon on 11th January 2011
Ms. Paula, as I called her, used to brighten even the most stressful day when we worked together at SLz. Her smile and her warmth made such a difference. I also appreciated her efficiency and professionalism. She never lost her cool even in the face of stress or unreasonable people. Paula, I miss you and love you.
Posted by Jenna Barros on 10th January 2011
I met Paula when my sister starting dating her son Josh, six years ago. Every time I seen Paula she had a huge smile on her face. It’s heartbreaking to hear a good person with such a huge heart has been taken from us. I know Paula was loved by many and touch many people’s hearts. I give my condolences to the family, and if you need anything I am a phone call away.
Posted by AshleyAnne Van De Ven on 9th January 2011
Mrs. Cunha You will forever be missed. Your dedication, support, and influence on San Lorenzo High School and the student body will always be remembered as well as your good soul. You were an all around good person and it's all too sad to see you pass on. We miss you already <3 Rebel for life.
Posted by Mickie Vargas-Jensen on 8th January 2011
My Condolences to the Family, knowing Paula through our school years and running into her again after we had our kids of her working in the school cafeteria along with her husband Tony Cunha at Dayton Elementary school. Our Daughters grew up together Monica and Krista becoming good friends. Even though as the years past later lost touch, but Paula was always there and she'll be very much missed.
Posted by Elizabeth Rodrigues on 6th January 2011
Paula my best friend. Paula is to me a kind, gentle sole that brought sunshine to everyone. She taught me the true meaning of family and friends. I will miss Paula every day, but know she is watching down on us with caring hands. You will always have a special place in my heart. Love to the Cunha and Sanchez families.
Posted by Linda Jones on 6th January 2011
Paula was one of my best friends. She loved her family, her friends and her job. She always lead with her heart and she taught me that family always comes first. She also taught me that Long Island ice tea was NOT iced tea. I miss her already but I know she will always watchover me as she does her very special family. Much love to the Cunha and Sanchez families. Love,Linda
Posted by Doreen Jardin on 6th January 2011
Paula and I met when we both started our first year at SLZ. Since then I have had the privledge of being part of the fearsome foursome! We will miss Paula every day. I will never forget the lady that had my back no matter what, knew when I had a bad day and celebrated the happy ones. Paula & her family will always be part of me. I will miss you always - I love you. Long Islands forever Babe!
Posted by Glenna Wurm-Hayenga on 6th January 2011
From the day Paula arrived to SLz High as our Finance Tech she and I were a force to be reckoned with. She stood beside me and supported "almost" every crazy idea I came up with for OUR students. Paula's title may have been Finance Tech but really what she was was a teacher, a mother to the Rebel students and my friend. I can't imagine keeping on without my friend. I love you dearly Ms. Cunha
Posted by Michelle Raney-Hellum on 6th January 2011
I have had the privilege of calling you my best friend for as long as I can remember. I have also had the honor of being considered a part of your family for just as long. I wish I could put into words just how much you & your never ending friendship has meant to me over the years. I will miss you my friend and I will always love you.
Posted by Gina Zoggas-Marchitiello on 5th January 2011
I have very very fond memories of Paula in high school. She had a smile that could warm an entire room, an infectious laugh and the prettiest hands/fingers. I like to believe that when we lose someone close to us they still live through us and give us strength and while they may no longer be with us their love lives on. Love is everlasting.
Posted by Stacy Blom on 5th January 2011
My fondest memories of Paula was the amazing friendship we shared in Middle School. So many good times. My favorite was teaching me how to make flautas. To this day, it's one of my favorite dishes. Through the years, we ended up going our separate ways but I could always count on a huge smile and a big hug when we would meet up again. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family!
Posted by Tawnya Hesse on 5th January 2011
I've known Paula nearly all my life. Her sister is my best friend and when we became friends, her family became my 2nd family. I blame Paula for so many Kiki Poo events/incidents. Oh, there were quite a few. And her hugs -- I loved her hugs. I will always remember Paula for being such loving mom, sister, friend - and for her joy of life. And of course, the Kiki Poo. I love you Paula
Posted by Stacy Stompro on 4th January 2011
I want to offer my condolensces to the family. I went to school with Paula in the 7,8 and 9th grade. She was always so nice. I know everyone is so saddened by this. To her daughter: You sound like a very brave young lady. I can tell you loved your mom very much. God bless you all.
Posted by Diana DeBone on 4th January 2011
A wonderful person will truly be missed. A day has not gone by that I have not thought about her. I so wanted one more time to have Kiki-poo and grilled pizza's in my backyard again with her. Paula was an incredible person and I will always cherish that friendship we had. Her family and friends lost someone so wonderful. Paula you will missed and always loved.
Posted by Suzanne Chaves on 4th January 2011
Paula was an incredible person, mother, wife, daughter, sister & friend. I'm so honored to have known such a beautiful woman. She had a heart of gold. She listened to others when they needed to be heard. She would give the shirt off her back if someone was in need. I've never met someone so pure & wholesome. Her smile & laugh were infectious. Paula, you will be missed. We will always love you!
Posted by Jessica Martinelli on 3rd January 2011
Paula was an amazing, beautiful woman. She was loved by so many. She will truly be missed. Her smile could light up a room and her laugh was contagious. I had the blessing of knowning Paula for six wonderful years. I will always remember the camping trips we would take & cooking in the kitchen, watching "A Star is Born" and singing along. I miss her dearly. I love you.
Posted by Carmen Campanioni on 3rd January 2011
This family will miss this beautiful lady so much. The photos show the true essence of what Paul stood for in this life. Paula brought such happiness to everyone she met. Our family was blessed the day we met mommy and daddy for it was through them that we were able to watch their children grow. Thank you Paula for being who you are and for all the happiness you shared with us. We love you.

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