Paul Orrell

Obituary of Paul E. Orrell

"And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

Paul Orrell passed with his family by his side on Thursday, April 21, 2022.  He shared 76 years of love and exceptional meals with his family. Private services with military honors were held under the direction of the Norman Dean Home For Services.  Donations in his memory may be made to the good work of Disabled Veterans.

Paul was born in 1945 to the late Percy and Helen (nee Gillich).  He was one of three children to bless the family.  After his schooling he enlisted into the US Navy and was sent to Vietnam like so many young men of his generation. He served four tours overseas. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned home and met Susan Hnedak.  After some persistence, she agreed to a date and the rest was history.  They fell in love and married on January 14, 1973.  They started their family in Roselle, eventually moving to Denville in 1987.  They made their home in Indian Lake and truly enjoyed being a part of the community. Paul, along with Sue worked hard to give their daughters a good life and a loving home.  Every Saturday, the kids would wake to Paul cooking breakfast and flipping pancakes or homemade waffles. He made every meal special.  He kept a beautiful garden overflowing with flowers and bountiful in vegetables. He loved to preserve his fruits and vegetables and hand out as gifts to friends and neighbors. 

Paul had a big heart and was larger than life. His smile could light up the room. If you came to his house he would make you a meal and give you all the ingredients to the recipe. 

His advice was always honest, regardless if it was difficult to hear or not. Many turned to him for advice they could count.  

He was selfless and practical.  He was generous and loving and had a way about him to change any situation into a good one.  He was gold.  Above everything, Paul loved his family.  His happiest times were having his family gathered at his table enjoying a meal he carefully planned and cooked for them.  He made everything with love.  Although we are saddened by his passing, we take comfort in knowing he is at peace and watching over his family with love and pride. 

He leaves his devoted wife Susan of nearly 50 years; his daughters Jennifer Orrell (Carmine Giardina), Amy Orrell and Cassandra Rippel (Michael); his cherished grandchildren Melody Branco, Madelyn, Jonathan and Ariana Rippel; his sisters Victoria Brenckle and Cecilia Orrell Ball; his loyal canines Annie and Cody; and many more dear relatives, friends, and fellow Veterans.  

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