Date of Birth October 22, 1940
Date Deceased September 13, 2023
Hometown Hornell
Home State N.Y.
Service Date September 27, 2023
Service Time 11 a.m.
Service Location Christ Episcopal Church
Interment Location Bath National Cemetery

William J. Pauly

HORNELL – William J. Pauly, 82, of Ricks Road (Town of Hornellsville) passed away Wednesday evening (Sept. 13, 2023) at St. James Hospital in Hornell, after a long illness.

Born in Hornell on Oct. 22, 1940 he was a son of the late Ludwig and Irene (Allis) Pauly. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Ludwig “Louie” Pauly; and three sisters, infant Frieda Pauly, Mary Lou Jimerson-Patton and Nancy Curran.

A graduate of Hornell High School, class of 1959, Bill proudly served his country with the U.S. Army for 20 years and was honorably discharged in 1980 as Sergeant First Class (SFC).

He was a former resident of Copperas Cove, TX and was employed by the Killeen (Texas) Independent School before returning to Hornell in 2002.

Bill was a member of the Canisteo American Legion Post and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. He enjoyed purchasing scratch offs and loved animals, especially cats and dogs.

He is lovingly survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Betty (Bennett) Pauly, who he married on Dec. 28, 1963 at Christ Episcopal Church in Hornell; two children, Philip (Kim) Pauly of Copperas Cove, TX and Kristelle (Ralph) Sage of Almond; four grandchildren, Aven Sage, Kerstyn Sage, Kara Sage and Kendra Sage; two sisters, Helen (Jerry) Persichilli of Hornell and Linda (Earl) Moore of Altoona, PA; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will greet relatives and friends from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 27, 2023) at Christ Episcopal Church, 6 Center St., Hornell where a Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Committal prayers and interment, with full military honors, will follow at Bath National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to the National Lymphedema Network, P.O. Box 1008. New York, NY 10276. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the church.

The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285 Main St., Hornell is honored to assist Bill’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Bill are welcome below in the comment section or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.


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4 Responses

  1. Betty, Kristelle et al the Pauly’s, You have lost a Special Person who was an Awesome Husband, Father, Soldier, and Friend. I met Bill through Betty who I worked with here in Killeen. The whole family were an asset to the community and their respective roles in the community. We will remember Bill fondly and are sending prayers to his family who we still consider close friends. Love to all.. Aileen and John

  2. I am so sad for you ,cousin Betty.May the Lord
    be with you at this difficult time.
    Strangely, my husband Bill went Home on September 13,also,

  3. Kristelle and Betty my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May your special memories of Bill bring you peace and comfort at this time. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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