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Zeolla, Paul F.

Paul Francis Zeolla, a resident of Dedham, passed away on September 6, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 77 years old. Born in Newton, MA, he was the son of the late Patrick and Kathleen (Crotty) Zeolla. Paul was also the beloved husband of Martha L. (Murdock) for 42 years and the dear brother of Patricia Zeolla Nolan (and her husband James Nolan) of Mendon.

Paul was the loving brother-in-law of Helen and Tom Rogers of Brewster, and Anne and Joseph Manning of Milton, and loving uncle of his nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He is also survived by Murdock and Melley cousins and Zella and Zeolla cousins.

Paul received a degree in Education from Boston State College, and a Master’s of Science Degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Paul loved teaching math to eighth graders at Walsh Middle School in Framingham for 14 years. He then became a software computer specialist, first at PRIME Computer, then several small companies, and he ended his career with 10 years as a Software Quality Engineer at EMC in Westborough. Paul loved solving problems. He was grateful for his wonderful coworkers at his teaching and computer careers, and valued his friends from his youth.

In retirement, daily, you would find Paul in the backyard either at his 12 bird feeders or planting his beloved vegetable and flower garden, or maintaining the house and yard. He also contributed to his neighborhood with year-round Oakdale Square Alliance’s community-building activities, always enjoying the spirit of all the volunteers and the joy of the children at the neighborhood parties, and landscaping the Oakdale Common.

Paul loved cross country skiing, canoeing, hiking and especially, riding roller coasters. He enjoyed watching Boston professional sports. He loved going to the theatre, especially North Shore Music Circus’s annual play, “Christmas Carol”. He had a large collection of music dating from the 1950’s. Christmas was an all-year joy for Paul, in preparing for and celebrating this Holiday. Paul was quietly deeply spiritual.

Paul was known for his gentleness, his quiet humor (He had the best Donald Duck quacks!), and his good heart. He loved to play with local children and he also valued the wisdom of elders. He was appreciated for his specialized gifts chosen for family and friends for their special occasions.

Paul and Martha shared over 42 years of good times together, both at home, with friends, and in recent years, on spectacular trips to Panama, Alaska, the Rose Parade and the National Parks. Paul was a gentle soul. We will all deeply miss him. Interment will be private. Donations in Paul’s memory may be made to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Trade Center, Ste G500, Woburn, MA 01801 or to Celtic Angels, Home Health Care, 60 Dedham Ave., Ste. 105, Needham, MA 02492 (For those unable to afford home care). A memorial service will be scheduled in the near future.  Please check back for any service information updates. 

Good morning Friends,

My family has arranged that on Monday, October 5 at 7:30a.m., the weekday celebration of Catholic mass at “St. Mary Our Lady of the Isle” in Nantucket will be in remembrance of Paul. We are inviting you as someone who knew and loved Paul, to join us in virtually participating in this service. The church Web address is easy to find: “”. Scroll down the page to click on “Live Streaming” for the Mass. I am grateful to my sister Helen for arranging for this event. She knows Father John, who was her parish priest for several years, until he recently moved to Nantucket. I hope you will join us. Thank you, Martha

Guestbook Entries

  1. Manny
    September 10th, 2020 | 9:37 am

    My Heartfelt condolences to all of Paul’s family and friends. Paul was, by far, one of our favorite patients here at Dedham Medical. We will miss him terribly. Martha, please know that we are here for you.


  2. Bob Coughlin
    September 11th, 2020 | 10:35 am

    Martha. So sorry for your loss. Please stay safe and healthy. Be well my friend.

  3. Jim and Lee
    September 12th, 2020 | 9:14 pm

    To my dearest friend. Not fair. My love to you. Lee

  4. Sheila Pransky
    September 14th, 2020 | 8:57 am

    Dear Martha and Family,
    I’m so sorry to have heard about Paul’s illness and passing. He brought joy to every room he entered. I will never forget the “Yoga Santas” he brought us at the Senior Center and they will be displayed each holiday season to remember the fun and good humor Paul always brought.
    Sending love and prayers for peace for you and everyone who knew Paul.

  5. Marianne Martin
    September 14th, 2020 | 10:05 am

    Martha, I am so very sorry to learn of the loss of your husband. Keeping you and your entire family in my prayers.

    Marianne Martin

  6. Lorraine DiMuzio
    September 14th, 2020 | 11:58 am

    Dear Martha, I am so very sadden to hear of Paul’s passing. My prayers are with you and your family. My mother Celia, enjoyed the many times you and Paul visited her in Wayland. Sending love and peace to you and family.

  7. Virginia Hickey Ferentinos
    September 19th, 2020 | 8:57 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences, Martha. He was a lovely man

  8. September 21st, 2020 | 1:41 pm

    Martha, God Bless you and all your and Paul’s families. Paul was such a sweet, kind, considerate, joyful, mindful, member of Yoga. I consider myself blessed having known him, if only casually, for such a short time. Truly sorry, stay well, until we meet again. K

  9. Kathleen Coyle
    October 1st, 2020 | 8:00 am

    Martha — I am deeply saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. His was a gentle yet mischievous spirit that will be missed. My deepest condolences to you and your family. — Kathleen

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