Paula Welchman (1962-2016)

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Paula Welchman O'Brien
Born: 29 May 1962 Salt Lake City, Utah
Died: 15 Feb 2016 Plainfield, Massachusetts
Father: Arnell Hodge Welchman
Mother: Eva Black
Siblings: Vanet Welchman
David Samuel Welchman
Lisa Welchman
Arnell B. Welchman
Eva Dean Welchman
Douglas Evan Welchman
Sarah Welchman
Paula Welchman
Denise Welchman
Lonnie Welchman
Noni Welchman
Spouse: Peter O'Brien
Children: Michael Dittrich
Kristen O'Brien
Ashley O'Brien


Daily Hampshire Gazette, Thursday, February 18, 2016:

Paula Welchman-O'Brien

PLAINFIELD - Paula Welchman-O'Brien, 53, of Plainfield, passed away early Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, after a long term illness.

Beloved wife of Peter O'Brien, Paula was an adoring mother of Michael (Ann) Dittrich, Kristen Casella and Ashley O'Brien and grandmother of Blake and Dakota Casella.

Paula was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was the daughter of Eva Welchman (nee Black) and Arnell Welchman, and step-daughter of Gene Graf. She is survived by a very large and loving family, spread across the United States.

Always a hard working, self driven woman, Paula was creator and owner of Target Zone Studio health club, prior to earning her education degree as an Ada Comstock Scholar at Smith College at the age of 43.

Paula was a lifelong learner and beloved elementary school teacher at Jackson Street School in Northampton, for over a decade. She received the Harold Grinspoon award for excellence in education and dedicated her career and spare time to the education and enrichment of children of all ages.

A renaissance woman in many ways, everything Paula touched flourished under her creative eye, especially her garden and home.

A memorial remembrance will be held in her honor Saturday, Feb. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Jackson Street School in Northampton. In her true spirit, this will be a potluck celebration to unify her community.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Jackson Street School PTO, 120 Jackson St., Northampton, MA 01060. Fittingly, the donations will be used to help fund the Jackson Street School library renovation, as Paula was a voracious reader and literacy advocate.

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  • LDS Family Group Record Collection [Patron Section]
Submitted by: Arnell H. Welchman
Family of: Arnell H. Welchman & Eva Black
  • The Salt Lake Tribune, Wednesday, September 8, 1971, Obituary: Welchman, Arnell Hodge
  • United States Public Records, 1970-2009, database:
Name: Paulla Welchman
Also Known As: Paula Welchman-Obrien
2nd Also Known As Name: Paula Welchmanobrien
3rd Also Known As Name: Paula W Obrien
Residence Date: 01 Aug 2000
Residence Place: Plainfield, Massachusetts, United States
Birth Date: 29 May 1962
Address: Plainfield, Massachusetts 01070
Address Date: 01 Aug 2000
2nd Address: Plainfield, Massachusetts 01070
2nd Address Date: 01 Feb 1996
3rd Address: Goshen, Massachusetts 01032
3rd Address Date: 01 Sep 1994
Possible Relatives: Paula Welchman
Record Number: 258464652
  • Hamilton Funeral Home, May 2008, Obituary: Welchman, Sarah
  • The Berkshire Eagle, Tuesday, March 24, 2009, page B4, Obituary: Graf, Eva Black Welchman