Paulette Suzanne Katz, daughter of the late Hyman Kaufman and Helen Sapun was born on May 26, 1944 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. She went to the public schools in Perth Amboy before moving to Carteret in middle school. There she graduated Carteret High School in 1962 and then attended New York University. It was at NYU that she met student Sandy Katz, and they married June 25, 1967.
Sandy and Paulette lived in Woodbridge briefly and eventually made their home in Edison. It was there that she had her three sons Jay, Scott and Eric and a busy life raising them and being an active member of her community. The boys brought Paulette a whole new world of soccer and baseball, summer camps and Bar Mitzvahs and all of the fun that went with it. Paulette embraced every moment. Just after Eric was born, Paulette’s mother, Helen, moved in with them and grew very close with her.
Paulette and Sandy’s life became even richer as her sons grew up and had families of their own. Paulette was the matriarch of the Katz family. She kept her children close with family dinners and sharing traditions of the Jewish faith. Paulette was tall, with an infectious smile and a hair full of blonde highlights. At times she was mistaken for Martha Stewart and she embraced this likeness, taking cooking classes and teaching herself complex recipes. She was proudest of her Chinese cooking techniques including making dumplings and sesame noodles. She created her own cookbook of important family recipes and made copies for her kids.
Cooking was just one of her passions. She was also an artist and expressed herself through painting, drawing and ceramics. Paulette took art classes and stretched herself to learn new skills.
For 20 years Paulette and Sandy spent summers in Barnegat, NJ where she enjoyed biking and boating. She was also known to speed by on a wave runner. Travel was something she and Sandy did regularly. Paris was her true love, but she equally enjoyed a visit to New Orleans. Her favorite island was Tahiti, but she’d was happy to jump on a plane and visit Cuba at a moment’s notice. For many years she had longed to go to Israel and finally realized her dream in October of 2019.
Paulette loved to have fun with family and friends. She loved to laugh, and would get silly with her grandchildren, donning a wig or playing dress up. She participated in group activities like mahjong and pinochle, and was fond of gardening, yoga and meditation. She actively documented her life and that of her family with photos and videos and would later text and email these as a reminder of time spent together.
Paulette was also a woman of deep faith. She was active at the Hillel Academy in Perth Amboy, was one of the founders of Solomon Schechter Day School in East Brunswick, also worked as office volunteer for Rabbi Gruskin’s Yeshiva in Perth Amboy.
After retirement Paulette and Sandy moved to South Amboy and then eventually to Monroe Township at Clearbrook. There she joined the art club and enjoyed pool exercise classes in the season.
Paulette had been fighting bile duct cancer for the last year. She endured treatments of chemotherapy which were sometimes sickening, but she focused on bringing joy to other patients with Kabbalah bracelets and time telling stories.
Paulette is survived by her husband Sandy, sons Jay (Nicole), Scott (Caroline) and Eric (Starr) and her grandchildren, Eli, Nate, Amelia, Miles and Ruby.
Services were held on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 11:30 AM.
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Funeral services have been entrusted to Flynn and Son / Koyen Funeral Home, 319 Amboy Avenue, Metuchen.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Paulette’s memory to American Cancer Society: www.cancer.org
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