Paul M. Williams

Paul M. Williams

Paul Michael Williams, 76, of St. Johns, Fla., died Friday, July 5, 2019, following a short illness at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quakertown.

The son of Paul Everett and Elizabeth Rorke Williams, Paul was born Dec. 4, 1942, in Indiana.

He attended St. Bernard School and graduated from Indiana Area High School. He was a salesman for Interwoven Hosiery Company until his retirement in 2012.

He married the love of his life, Carol Bongianino, on Feb. 8, 1964, at SS. Simon and Jude Catholic Church in Blairsville.

Their family resided in Toledo, Ohio; Duncansville; and Columbia, S.C.

Paul and his wife organized and operated a soup kitchen for three years and sponsored a Rosary Prayer group while in South Carolina. Paul was a member of the Legion of Mary, active with homebound ministry, provided weekly Eucharist to residents at the Brooks Rehabilitation Center, was committed to prison ministry and made over 30,000 Rosary beads for churches, church groups and the missions.

For the past seven years, he made his home with his son, Anthony Williams, and family and devoted time to his church, St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Jacksonville, Fla., church ministries, reading and spending time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carol; a sister, Linda Avolio; and a nephew, Luke P. Williams.

He is survived by two children: Anthony Williams and wife Catherine, St. Johns, Fla.; and Lisa Grubbs and husband Todd, Irmo, S.C.; grandchildren Christen Lopez-White (Jaime), John Williams, Brittany Williams, Sarah Williams, Zachary Williams, Benjamin Williams, Cameron Taylor and Alyssa Grubbs; siblings Nancy Maday (Samuel), York; Mary Williams (George Martin), Freeport; Stephen Williams (Carolyn), Coopersburg; Michael Williams (Leslie), Mentor, Ohio; and Christine Parise Boyd (Norman), Elizabeth Svilar (M. David), Patrick Williams (Catherine) and Janet Buggy (Mark), all of Indiana.

Paul embraced his faith, family and everyone he encountered. His wonderful sense of humor and quick wit endeared him to many people.

In recent years, he wanted nothing more than to reach his destiny in heaven and be reunited with his wife and other loved ones.

While on earth, his life had purpose; he was a “good and faithful servant.”

In lieu of a viewing, a memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church in Indiana at 11 a.m. Saturday. Norcross-Weber Funeral Home, Coopersburg, is providing burial services. Paul will be interred in Elmwood Cemetery and Gardens in Irmo, S.C.

In his memory, he would be quick to request that you do something kind and helpful for someone in need.