HOWLAND – Paul Edward Oliva, 73, entered into eternal rest at 7:20 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, with family and friends by his side.
Paul was born on July 24, 1948 in Youngstown, to Paul and Martha Robovsky Oliva.
He was a graduate of Girard High School and later earned his engineering degree from Youngstown State University. Paul retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation after 32 years. He really liked being an engineer.
While in retirement, Paul has spent the past 20 years doing what he loves: spending quality time with friends and family and enjoying nature. He and his wife, Joanne, lived part-time in Fountain Hills, Arizona, where they enjoyed making new friends, hiking, and exploring the wilderness. They also traveled the country to visit friends and family. They spent many summers in Italy with their family, and he also enjoyed visiting his cousins in Canada. Paul also loved to fish and did so in various places across the country, and he even taught some of his grandchildren how to fish. He particularly liked to visit his children. Most importantly, Paul enjoyed communicating with his family and friends – and he made friends wherever he went. He will be deeply missed by many, many people.
Paul leaves behind his beloved wife of 37 years, Joanne Rubesich Oliva, whom he married on 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 is also survived by his siblings, Regina Oliva, Paulette Jones and James Oliva.
His older sister, Martha Muldowney, died.
Joanne would like to thank all of her family and special friends who have supported her and Paul through this difficult journey with Alzheimer’s disease. Special thanks to friends of Paul, Myron, Ray, Tony and John.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by a Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 16, 2022, at St. Rose Catholic Church, 48 Main St., Girard, Ohio.
Paul will be buried 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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