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Paul Joseph Guma (1919 - 2010)

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Paul Joseph Guma
1919 - 2010
Born
June 30, 1919
New Orleans, Orleans Parish County, Louisiana, United States
Death
January 19, 2010
Houston, Harris County, Texas, United States
Last Known Residence
Houston, Harris County, Texas United States
Summary
Paul Joseph Guma of Houston, Harris County, Texas United States was born on June 30, 1919 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish County, Louisiana, and died at age 90 years old on January 19, 2010 in Houston, Harris County, Texas. Paul Guma was buried on February 6, 2010 at Metairie Cemetery 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, in New Orleans, Orleans Parish County, Louisiana.
Updated: November 21, 2022
Biography ID: 6229192

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Introduction

Paul Joseph Guma is the son of Alphonse John Guma Sr. (1890-1957) and Josephine Honorine Dartigalongue (1890-1983). He was born on June 30, 1919 in New Orleans, Louisiana and had a brother named Alphonse John Guma Jr (1913-2014) also know as "A.J.".

He attended Louisiana State University and graduated from the school of music with a Masters in Music. Paul joined the military in June of 1941 and was stationed in Boston during WWII. There, he met his wife, Helen Stephanie Pielka (1920-1989) and they had children Kristel, Paul, and Karen.

After the war, they returned to his hometown of New Orleans where he worked as a professional musician for decades, He played the guitar, clarinet and saxophone. He played for the symphony, opera and ballet orchestras. He also taught music at various schools including Loyola University (for 15 years), Tulane University ('57-61) Xavier University and Warren Easton High School ('58-'63).

In 1972, Paul and Helen retired to Marco Island, Florida where they lived until his wife's death. In 1991, Paul moved to Houston to live with his daughter, Kristel and her husband, Dr. Robert Peale. He continued playing music there well in to his 80's.

As stated in the Paul Joseph Guma: Obituary, "Paul is remembered as a gentle, quiet, loyal man with integrity and a delightful sense of humor. He was loved and admired by all who knew him."
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Houston, Harris County, Texas United States
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New Orleans, Orleans Parish County, Louisiana United States
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Ethnicity & Family History

He was a white United States citizen. Paul and both of his parents were born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Paul Gumma was born and raised in New Orleans and he spent his whole life in Louisiana living in both New Orleans, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He and his wife retired in 1972 and moved to Marco Island, Florida. They lived there until her death in 1989, and then in 1991, Paul moved to Houston, Texas to live with his daughter and her husband. He died there in 2010.

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Paul was a high school graduate and also attended and graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Music with a Masters in Music in 1939. He was a member of Kappa Gamma Psi and the Symphony Orchestra.

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Paul was a professional musician for decades, excelling at guitar, clarinet and saxophone. As stated in the Paul Joseph Guma: Obituary, he played for symphony, opera and ballet orchestras, WDSU-TV, and the Blue Room of the Roosevelt. He later formed his own music group at the Top of the Mart and they played together from 1967-1972. Paul also taught music at Loyola University for 15 years, Tulane University from 1957-1961, Xavier University and Warren Easton High School (1958-1963).

Personal Life

Paul and his wife were both artistic. Paul was a musician and Helen was a graphic artist. In 1972, Paul and Helen retired to Marco Island, Florida. After his wife's death, Paul moved to Houston to live with his daughter, Kristel and her husband, Dr. Robert Peale. In Houston, Paul played music at the Houston Racquet Club well into his eighties. Paul is remembered as a gentle, quiet, loyal man with integrity and a delightful sense of humor. He was loved and admired by all who knew him.

Military Service

Paul Gima enlisted on June 20, 1941 in Jacksonville, Florida (Military serial#: 34078520). He was stationed in Boston during WWII and while there, he met his wife, Helen.
January 19, 2010
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Houston, Harris County, Texas United States
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February 6, 2010
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Metairie Cemetery 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, in New Orleans, Orleans Parish County, Louisiana 70124, United States
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GUMA Paul Guma, a native of New Orleans, LA, died Jan. 19, 2010 in Houston at the age of 90. He is survived by his daughters, Kristel Peale and Karen Guma, son-in-law, Dr. Robert Peale, and brother AJ Guma of New Orleans. Upon completion of his Masters in Music at LSU, he was stationed in Boston during WWII where he met his wife, Helen. After the war, he returned to NO, where he was a professional musician for decades, excelling at guitar, clarinet and saxophone. He played for symphony, opera and ballet orchestras, WDSU-TV, the Blue Room of the Roosevelt, and with many notable musicians and entertainers including Pete Fountain and Al Hirt. Eventually, he formed his own group at the Top of the Mart ('67-'72). He still made time to teach music at Loyola University (for 15 years), Tulane University ('57-61) Xavier University and Warren Easton High School ('58-'63). In 1972, Paul and Helen retired to Marco Island, FLA where he continued playing music until his wife's death in '89. In '91, Paul moved to Houston to live with his daughter, Kristel and her husband, Dr. Robert Peale. In Houston, Paul played at the Houston Racquet Club well into his eighties. Paul is remembered as a gentle, quiet, loyal man with integrity and a delightful sense of humor. He was loved and admired by all who knew him. Paul's funeral will be held in New Orleans on Feb. 6 at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 6363 St. Charles Ave on the Loyola University campus at 11am. The visitation will be held from 9am-11am at the St. Ignatius Chapel in Bobet Hall behind the church on Loyola's campus. The interment will be at Metairie Cemetary after the funeral. If anyone would like to make a donation in his name, the family suggests directing the donation to the Parkinson's Society.

Average Age & Life Expectancy

Paul Joseph Guma lived 13 years longer than the average Guma family member when he died at the age of 90.
The average age of a Guma family member is 77.
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1919 - 2010 World Events

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In 1919, in the year that Paul Joseph Guma was born, in Norfolk Virginia, the first rotary dial telephones were introduced by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T), making it easier to make a call without an operator.

In 1954, he was 35 years old when from April 22 through June 17th, the Army v. McCarthy hearings were held. The U.S. Army accused Roy Cohn (chief counsel to Senator McCarthy and later trusted mentor of Donald Trump) of blackmail. McCarthy and Cohn accused the U.S. Army of harboring communists. The Army allegations were found to be true. The U.S. Senate later censured McCarthy.

In 1961, Paul was 42 years old when on January 20th, John F. Kennedy became the 35th President of the United States. He had previously been a U.S. Senator and a Congressman, both from the state of Massachusetts, as well as a Naval lieutenant in World War II.

In 1978, he was 59 years old when on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

In 1982, Paul was 63 years old when on June 30th, time ran out on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The Amendment had only received 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications. First sent to the states in 1972, the Amendment stated that "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex".

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