Paula Marie Sten­zler

Orlando Sentinel (Sunday) - - OBITUARIES -

CLER­MONT, FLORIDA – Paula Marie Sten­zler, D. Eng, passed from this life in the com­fort of her home and sur­rounded with her fam­ily’s love on Mon­day, Jan­uary 7, 2019. She was 60 years of age. Paula was born in Troy, New York on Jan­uary 2, 1959 and was the daugh­ter of the late Robert Schlot­terer and Angela (Gatto) Lodato. Her for­ma­tive years were in Water­vliet, New York and Colonie, New York where she at­tended Colonie High School.

Paula re­ceived her Doc­tor­ate of En­gi­neer­ing from Old Do­min­ion Uni­ver­sity. She also held a Masters of Sci­ence from New Eng­land Col­lege and a Bach­e­lors of Sci­ence in En­gi­neer­ing from Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida. Paula was Se­nior Di­rec­tor of En­gi­neer­ing and Safety in the Cre­ative Divi­sion of Uni­ver­sal Or­lando Parks. She be­gan her ca­reer with Uni­ver­sal Or­lando nearly 25 years ago as a me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer. She was one of the first women to en­ter this field and paved the way for many to fol­low. Paula is the sole in­ven­tor of five patents and her name is also in­cluded on sev­eral oth­ers for her in­volve­ment and con­tri­bu­tion on var­i­ous ride sys­tems en­gi­neer­ing projects. She was an ac­tive mem­ber in ASTM F24 where she was part of a team that re­viewed amuse­ment rides and de­vices to en­sure safety and com­pli­ance. Paula held nu­mer­ous lead­er­ship roles with the So­ci­ety of Women En­gi­neers (SWE) in which she ad­vo­cated to grow in­ter­est and ed­u­ca­tion for a di­verse de­mo­graphic in all fields of en­gi­neer­ing.

Paula was a world trav­eler who en­joyed vis­it­ing count­less historical land­marks. She es­pe­cially cher­ished vis­it­ing her chil­dren and grand­chil­dren while cre­at­ing time­less mem­o­ries. She was in­ter­ested in ge­neal­ogy and con­nected with rel­a­tives in sev­eral coun­tries. Paula en­joyed tak­ing a hands on ap­proach when com­ing up with home im­prove­ment projects even when it seemed noth­ing was in need of im­prove­ment. She of­ten found unique solutions to what­ever prob­lems she en­coun­tered. Paula was an ac­com­plished seam­stress who made draperies for an or­ga­ni­za­tion that served the com­mu­nity and even cre­ated her own wed­ding dress.

Paula was the much loved mother of Sonja (Ed­ward, Jr.) Con­don of Water­ford, New York, Michael Sten­zler (fiancé Sarah Everett) of Roanoke, Vir­ginia and Rachael Sten­zler (fiancé Joseph Spinelli) of Cler­mont, Florida; the cher­ished and proud grand­mother of Sophia Bella and Ju­lia Grace Con­don; the dear sis­ter of Christo­pher (Kel­lie) Lodato of Water­vliet, New York; Robert Schlot­terer and San­dra Schlot­terer of Melbourne, Florida and the late Ni­cholas Lodato and Gina Schlot­terer. She was blessed with lov­ing and car­ing aunts, un­cles, nieces, neph­ews, cousins and dear and spe­cial friends.

A ser­vice in cel­e­bra­tion of Paula’s life will be held on Wed­nes­day at 11 am in the Parker Broth­ers Me­mo­rial Fu­neral Home, 2013 Broad­way, Water­vliet, New York and her in­ter­ment will fol­low in the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Ceme­tery in Water­vliet. Friends are in­vited to at­tend and may also visit with Paula’s fam­ily on Wed­nes­day, prior to the ser­vice, from 10 am un­til 11 am.

To those who pre­fer to re­mem­ber Paula in a spe­cial way, do­na­tions, in her mem­ory, may be made to the So­ci­ety of Women En­gi­neers, 130 East Ran­dolph Street, Suite 3500, Chicago, Illi­nois, 60601 or by vis­it­ing www. swe.org

Please visit www.parker­bros­memo­rial.com to leave a mes­sage of con­do­lence and for ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion.

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