Mrs. Paula Gallant-Kokocinski

  • Born: April 3, 1957
  • Died: March 13, 2019
  • Location: Paxton, Massachusetts

Callahan, Fay & Caswell Funeral Home

61 Myrtle Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Tel. (508) 755-1500

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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OXFORD/ PAXTON – Surrounded by her loving family, Paula Gallant-Kokocinski, 61, passed away on Wednesday, march 13, 2019, following a brief illness.
Paula was born and raised in Worcester, a daughter of the late Ernest and Dorothy J. (Rogers) Gallant. She was also predeceased by her sister, Diane.

Paula graduated from Burncoat High School. During her younger years, Paula was an accomplished gymnast, and was affiliated with the Giguire Gymnastics for many years. There, she forged many lifelong friendships. She was a member of the Worcester Fife and Drum Corps and had participated in the Dynamy Internship Program. Paula's wonderful smile and outgoing personality made her the perfect person for her lifetime work as a server in several Worcester area restaurants. She worked for many years at the Wind Tiki in Webster, and later the former Northworks. She also had worked for TGI Friday in Millbury. She also loved to attend Blues music concerts.

Paula will be forever loved and truly missed by her husband and companion of the last 14 years, Myron W. Kokocinski of Paxton; her son, Eric Peterson and his fiancée, Ashley Barribeau and their daughter, Sophie of Douglas; her father-in-law, Myron Kokocinski of Paxton; her sister-in-laws, Susan Williams and her husband, Carl of West Bookfield and Judy Amons and her husband, Kenneth of North Brookfield; her brother-in-law, Joseph Crutcher of Rutland; a niece, three nephews; as well as numerous friends, many of whom she has been friends with all of her life.

Family and friends will gather for Paula's Life celebration visiting hours on Friday, March 22nd from 5-7 p.m. at the Callahan, Fay & Caswell Funeral Home, 61 Myrtle Street, Worcester. Her funeral will be held on Saturday, March 23rd with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:30 a.m. at St. Columba Church, 18 Richards Avenue, Paxton, Burial will follow in St. Joseph Garden of Peace, Webster. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the American Lung Association( To share a memory or leave an online condolence for the family, please sign the guestbook on this page.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Myron I am thinking about you and your family at this difficult time. Paula was a nice person and will be missed. Let all the good memories bring you comfort and peace. Love, Cherry

Posted by A friend   March 22, 2019

My condolences to her family and friends. May she Rest In Peace.

Posted by Charles Guerard - HoofddorpThe Netherlands - Friend   March 21, 2019

Myron, I was so saddened to hear of Paula's sudden passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this time of sorrow. May you find some comfort, Myron, in your warm and loving memories of the times spent with Paula. Sincerely, Cherrie Aronson (Cherry's mom)

Posted by Cherrie Aronson - Orange, CT - Friend   March 20, 2019

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to Paula's family and friends. Paula was our most excellent pitcher in the Oxford Softball League. She was a lot of fun and an absolute sweetheart. We are heartbroken to hear of her passing. We wish you all peace and strength in the difficult days ahead. Rest easy,Paula...

Posted by Sally and Lucy Dalterio - Webster, MA   March 19, 2019

On behalf of the Burncoat High School (Worcester, MA) Class of 1975, I send our deepest condolences upon the loss of one of our classmates who sat amongst us years ago.

I personally met Paula Jean Gallant on the first day of junior high in 7th grade homeroom at Forest Grove Junior High. Our friendship continued at Burncoat High. I will never forget how kind Paula was to me when she insisted I join in on the ski trip to Mt. Sunapee in NH with Ann B., Donna H., herself (Paula G.) and me (Marianne G.). The only problem was that I didn't even know how to ski! We laughed all the way to the mountain and all the way back on the bus but a great time was had by all! I will never forget Paula's birthday being on April 3rd since she always teased me she was exactly a month younger than me. Happy Heavenly Birthday my dear friend. The Lord took you too soon.

The last time I saw Paula was at the Wind Tiki while having dinner with my husband. I was happy to read she found the happiness she so justly deserved in life. Thank you for all the memories. May her memory be eternal. A high school friend who never forgot her beautiful smile and friendship....Marianne

Posted by Marianne (Gatzogiannis) Bellemare, BHS Class of '75 President - Paragould, AR   March 19, 2019

Dear Myron and family, I am so sorry to hear of Paula's passing, my love thoughts and prayers are with all of you!
Love you honey....if you need me,, I'm here.
Love Pam

Posted by Pam Stmartin - Lincon, RI   March 18, 2019

So sorry Myron for you and both of your families.Please accept my heartfelt condolences ahd a HUGE hug when I see you.!!!

Posted by Andrew St Martin - Southbridge, MA   March 18, 2019

I am so sorry ...I Loved Paula..she was a great friend and gymnastics Coach

Posted by Sherrie Colebrook - Cherry valley, MA   March 18, 2019

Paula, you were in my life from Kindergarten through graduation from Burncoat High School. I moved away from Mass after that but have thought of you often thru the years. You will be greatly missed!!! The Lord has gained another Angel.

Posted by Andrew Daigneault - Pardeeville, WI - Classmate   March 18, 2019

Posted by Debra Rosenlund/ Poland - Millbury, MA - friend   March 18, 2019

Posted by NANCY AHO - Worcester, MA   March 18, 2019

Paula, we only knew you from TGIF, but from that we knew you were a great gal. Never once did you complain about your job, you were just a happy go lucky gal. You will truly be missed Paula, may you rest in peace for eternity.

Posted by June&Paul Kemp - Rochdale, MA   March 17, 2019

I love you Paula cakeees! I'm so sorry for your loss. Paula was an angel I will miss her dearly. I love you Erik, Ashley and Sophie!

Posted by Sara Patrinos - Dudley, MA - Family Friend   March 17, 2019

I'm so sorry for your loss. Warmest sympathies for the family. Paula was such an amazing soul. May she rest is peace. God bless

Posted by Brenda Wales - Spencer, MA - Coworker   March 17, 2019


My dearest Paula, You will be on my mind & in my heart forever. I am so happy that you got to meet your very first grandchild & got to marry the man you loved before being returned to heaven as the angel you were here in earth. Although you will be deeply missed by all, I am comforted in knowing there is no more pain for you to endure. Thank-You for being a friend.... The Golden Girls Your friend Debra

Posted by Debra Rosenlund-Poland - Millbury, MA   March 17, 2019

A true sweetheart from the neighborhood of our pre-teens. Rest in peace, dear Paula, and prayers of comfort and strength lifted for your loved ones.

Posted by Lynda Wasilewski - Worcester, MA   March 16, 2019

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