Paula Antonia Mauro – The Santa Barbara Independent
Paula Antonia Mauro died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on September 20, 2022, at the age of 86.
Paula was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 9, 1936. She grew up in Middle Village in the family home shared by her mother Anne, father Mario, sisters Patricia and Judy, brother Peter, and extended family, including his maternal grandmother from Slovenia. .
Childhood summers were spent at the Sound Shore Club in Wading River, NY. After graduating from Dominican Commercial High School, Paula held office positions at McKesson & Robbins in Queens and later at Lever House in midtown Manhattan. She married F. George Kammer on April 22, 1957, moving to Santa Barbara on her wedding day.
Her first job in Santa Barbara was in the accounting department of Seaside Oil, where she met Mary Louise Days, a longtime friend of the family. During her career as an administrative assistant and accountant, Paula has worked for non-profit organizations including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. She graduated from Santa Barbara City College with an AA in business and eventually started her bookkeeping and check writing company Checkbook Services, from which she retired.
Through sewing and dressmaking classes at Santa Barbara Adult Education, Paula became a skilled seamstress. She enjoyed building her own wardrobe, making clothes and costumes for family and friends, sewing church vestments, and selling her designs at the Old Mission Arts and Crafts Fair on July 4th.
Paula’s love for art led her to associate with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Docent Council for 37 years. Starting as a Provisional Guide in 1985, she served as President in 1995-96 and remained a Support Guide until her retirement in 2022.
Travel was important to Paula. With the council of docents, she visited museums and historic sites across the United States as well as in Europe. She enjoyed visiting her family in California and New York, and with her daughters she visited her father’s ancestral home in Sicily.
When she wasn’t traveling, Paula took advantage of everything Santa Barbara had to offer: coffee and croissants at Mousse Odile, shopping at the Farmers Market, strolling along Hendry’s Beach. His love of reading included local history. She was a member of the St. Anthony community for over fifty years.
His children and grandchildren were his joy! As a mother, she was always supportive, a good listener and very loving.
Paula is survived by her children Anna Kammer (Dan Fallorina), John Kammer, Regina Kammer (Jason Munkres) and her grandchildren Calia and Weston Kammer. A private memorial service will be held in Santa Barbara in October. A memorial service is scheduled for spring 2023 at the Mauro family grounds in St. John’s Cemetery, Middle Village, New York.
Donations in Paula’s memory can be made to your favorite charity.
Good night mom. Lahko noč!