Paula Dianna, 73, of rural Merced, passed away on March 28, 2022, peacefully in her home as she always wanted from complications of deteriorating health.
Paula Dianna Kelemen was born on September 19, 1948 to Jack Reynolds and Pauline Grissom in Merced, California. Growing up, her family lovingly referred to her as Diane or Dianna. Paula went on to graduate from high school in ‘66. After graduating from high school, Paula went on to pursue her passion of caring for others while working as a nurses’ aide in the local hospital.
Paula Dianna met and fell in love with David Kelemen, while sitting in a restaurant on Main Street watching the local teens cruise up and down the strip. David Kelemen was on leave from the United States Navy and was cruising the strip on Main Street with his buddy when he spotted Paula Dianna sitting at a window table with her best friend, Carol. Immediately, David Kelemen was struck by her beauty and convinced his buddy to turn around so he could approach the girl who had caught his eye. After a brief courtship, David proposed to Paula and she accepted. They were married shortly after and were married until the passing of her dearly beloved, David Kelemen after 45 years of marriage.
The two newlyweds brought their firstborn daughter into the world in 1971 and named her Melissa Dawn. She was their pride and joy until they gave birth to a second daughter, Stacy Ann in 1973.
Paula Dianna was a dedicated mom to both of her children, raising the two young children first in Connecticut where David was stationed and then bringing them to Southern California where they resided in Oceanside, then Beaumont, and finally Riverside until the girls were grown and married. The two daughters blessed Paula Dianna with one granddaughter each, Kayla Michelle and Abigail Cherise, respectively. Paula Dianna devoted her life to loving her daughters and granddaughters.
While living in Riverside, both David and Paula recommitted their lives to the Lord, Jesus Christ and attended church at Harvest Christian Fellowship. They both lived their lives to serve Him and helped their daughters also find Christ as their Lord and Savior. They all attended church at Harvest and spent many years happily worshipping as a family together.
After the passing of her dear husband, David, Paula’s heart led her back home to Merced where her younger brother, René and much younger sister, Anita lived, as well as her best friend since high school, Carol. Merced was where she always called home and wanted to live out the rest of her days.
Paula was predeceased by David Kelemen, René Kemps, and her best friend, Carol. She is survived by her daughters Melissa Kelemen and Stacy Norman, her granddaughters Kayla Hernandez and Abigail Norman, and her sister Anita Reusch.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Paula’s name to Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California. A celebration of life memorial service will be held at Ivers & Alcorn at 901 W. Main St. in Merced Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at noon. The visitation will be from 10 am to 2 pm. Please join us for a Celebration of Life luncheon following the memorial service. Details will be available at the service.