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Paul Joseph Sterbini of Silver Spring, Maryland passed away peacefully on the morning of Thursday February 1, 2018 after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
Paul was born on March 19, 1957 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and was the son of L. Paul Sterbini (deceased 1969)/James T. Brett (deceased 1988) and Mary Jane Sterbini/Brett, née Bucci. Paul is survived by his loving mother, beloved wife and rock, Desiree Sterbini, née Johnson, son Paul Brett Sterbini (Heidy) and daughter Mia Grazia Sterbini. Paul was the proud grandfather of Maddison Sterbini, Peyton Sterbini, Kennedy Sterbini and Shawn Romero. Paul always lit up when spending time with his favorite uncle James “Uncle Butch” Bucci (Ann) and his many brothers and sisters, Barbara Wheatall (Robert), Judi Levine, Jim Brett (Susie), Mary Slater (Charles), Patty Yanoski (Mark), Joe Brett (Maryann), Tom Brett (Nancy), Mary Rose Lauterbach (Coleman), Ann Ellis (Troy), Patricia Brett, and Anne Nelson (William) along with many loving nieces and nephews.
Paul graduated from Westmont Hilltop Hight School in 1975 where he played multiple positions on the football team. After attending West Virginia University, Paul had a long career in sales and hospitality management, becoming V.P. of Franchise Sales for Choice Hotels International. The Paul Sterbini Excellence award was named in his honor by Choice Hotels to annually recognize the salesperson who best exemplified Paul’s passion. Paul was most passionate about his family. He was overjoyed about his wife’s artistic talents and achievements. He couldn’t stop talking about how proud he was of the loving father his son Brett had become who also followed in Paul’s footsteps in the hospitality industry. He especially loved to see his daughter, Mia, winning lead roles singing and dancing in many musical performances. In addition to being surrounded by his loving family, Paul enjoyed being a season ticket holder for his favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. He personally enjoyed mentoring the many young nieces and nephews in his life.
Paul will be remembered by many for his warm hugs, strength, bravery, and positive outlook despite enduring much adversity.
Visitation will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 4101 Norbeck Road, Rockville, Maryland on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 10:30 am until 11:30 am with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 am. Interment Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown, Pennsylvania on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Montgomery Multiple Sclerosis Center, https://montgomerymscenter.org/donate/
Montgomery MS Center