Celebrating the life of

Paulina G. Tawil

Passed away on September 05, 2020

Paulina G. Tawil

Paulina Tawil, 53, lost her long, courageous fight with metastatic breast cancer on Saturday, September 5, 2020. She passed away in her Savannah home surrounded by her loving family. Paulina was born in Miami, FL to Jesus and Pauline Gutierrez on January 12, 1967.

 She was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend who found joy in being surrounded by her loved ones. She was a Catholic school teacher for 22 years and an active member of the Catholic Church.

 She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Tyrone, and her four children Francesca, Daniela, Gabriela and Jordi. She is also survived by her mother (Pauline), brother (Alejandro) and sister (Olga Maria). She was preceded in death by her grandmother (Maria), father (Jesus) and stepfather (Hugo).

 A Visitation will be held at St. James Catholic Church from 5-6:30 pm followed by a rosary at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, September 8th. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Wednesday, September 9th at 11am, also at St. James Catholic Church.

 In lieu of flowers, Paulina asked that all please visit one of her favorite places:

Saints and Shamrocks,, 309 Bull St., Savannah, GA 31406. 



My thoughts, love and prayers are with Paulina's family and all those who loved her. I am blessed to gave known her and been her friend. God bless her. She will be missed by so many. Much love and peace.

- Connie McBride, Tybee Island, GA

Tyrone and family. I don’t know what to say to express our sorrow. Paulina was such a kind and generous person who made everyone around her feel important and loved. As Thomas told me “ she was a fighter” Kevin was informed but he is in Afghanistan and it is night time there. We love you guys and mourn with you. Prayerful thoughts Mike and family

- MacDonald, Buckingham landing, SC

Tawil Family, We share in your loss, but feel so blessed to have known Paulina. I feel joy just thinking of her. What a wonderful example to us all of a loving, strong, faithful mother, wife, and friend. I see all of that in your beautiful family. She was so beloved by so many. Sending prayers and love to your family. Kelley and Bill Sparks

- Kelley and Bill Sparks, Savannah, Georgia

Paulina was our inspiration and dear friend. Her unwavering faith and the beauty that shone through her pain gave us such hope. She will he missed but never forgotten. Love you friend. Please tell Jesus we said hello.

- Avis Coleman, Savannah, Ga

Tyrone and family! We don’t have to tell you how loved Paulina is. We are so sorry to hear this news. She was such a special lady and she fought hard. The good Lord welcomed her with open arms. Praying for you and the children! Love , Tim and Sarah FOGARTY

- Fogarty, Savannah, Ga

Your beautiful smile and caring heart will always be remembered. My son Daniel got lucky to have Paulina as a teacher 2 years in a row at SGG. Paulina was certainly a beautiful person inside and out!

- Donna, Maggie & Daniel Creeden, Bluffton, SC

Paulina always knew that the Lord was with her and trusted in His plan. Her unwavering faith and her love for her family kept her strong. It is time to rest and be at peace. Our prayers are continuing. Such an inspiration ! God bless...

- Kelly, Alex, Matthew & Andrew Hunt, Savannah, Georgia

Words cannot begin to express what our hearts feel and our grief pales in comparison to yours. Paulina was one of Stephen’s favorite teachers at Blessed Sacrament. Never did we see Paulina when she didn’t have a smile on her face or a kind word on her lips. Rejoice in knowing she touched many lives and while she may be gone, she will not ever be forgotten. Our prayers are with you today and in the days ahead.

- Warren Family, Pooler, GA

I met your mom at BC always so sweet .. prayers to you all .. Thinking of you all during these delicate times.

- DeCubellis Familia , Pooler, Georgia

Tyrone and children, we are so very sorry for your loss! Paulina was a woman of great strength and love! She touched many lives and will be remembered! We will continue to pray for you all! May God continue to wrap his arms around your family!❤️

- Lisa and Paul Dean and family, Bluffton , SC

Frankie and Dani, I am so sorry about the loss of your mom. She was so beautiful, and it was always a joy to see all of your family pictures. Please know that your whole family is in my thoughts and prayers! I cannot imagine how proud she was that y’all were hers ♥️ LIOB always, Brooke

- Brooke Hinton Cobb, Davisboro, GA

I admired Paulina as a teacher, mother, wife and friend. I grieve for her loss and Pray that our Holy Father will give her husband, children and family peace and comfort.

- Anita Cannon, Savannah, Georgia

Tyrone, Franki, Dani, Gabriela and Jordi: My heart breaks for you. Your mom was always so gracious, always smiling and such a kind person. She truly exemplifies what true beauty is both inside and out. You all will be in my prayers and heart.

- Lynn Brennan, Savannah, GA

Dear Tyrone and kids, may God comfort you all and grant her eternal rest. She was greatly loved and will be missed. Please let us know if there is anything you all need.

- Chris & Thabo Hall, Savannah, Ga

As one of Jordi’s teachers, I had the good fortune to meet Paulina. I did not know her well, but I know that she is very loved by Jordi and the rest of her family. Please accept my condolences.

- Karen Marshall, Savannah, Ga.

Estimados Tyrone, Francesca, Daniela, Gabriela y Jordi, reciban nuestras mas sinceras y profundas condolencias, sentimos mucho la pérdida de su amada esposa y madre, Nicole y Sonia pudieron conocerla en casa de Cary y tienen recuerdos muy hermosos de ella, y la definen como una mujer dulce, amorosa, y muy especial, guardan un gran recuerdo de ella a pesar del corto tiempo que pudieron conocerla. Brille para ella la luz perpetua, reciban nuestro mas cálido abrazo y todo nuestro cariño.

- Lucho Favre and family, Lima, PERU

My deepest condolences to Tyrone and family. Hearing of Paulina's passing took my breath away. She fought with such grace and strength, beautiful inside and out. When I think of Paulina, I think of her beautiful smile, and how she had a kind word for everyone. She touched so many lives, and she touched mine. I will pray for you all as you move through this time of sadness. Rest in peace, dear friend.

- Heidi Lamb, Barrington (formerly Savannah), RI

So sorry to hear of you loss my prayers are with you all❤️

- Terresa Carrier Ridgedell, Lafayette , La

My heart aches upon reading this news. Jordi, I loved being your teacher at BC. My sincere condolences to you and your family. May God comfort all of you during this difficult time.

- Kelly Hill, Savannah, Georgia

Tyrone, Franki, Dani, Gabi, and Jordi, I am so sorry to hear this news. I feel fortunate that the Lord put Paulina in my life. She was such an inspiration to all she met. I loved her wit, her strength, her wisdom, her faith, her generous and kind spirit and the list goes on. May you feel the arms of the Lord wrapped tightly around you as He holds sweet Paulina in the palm of His hand. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon her.

- Tricia Sheahan, Savannah, Ga

We are beyond saddened with thus news. We are old family friends with Paulina. Our family loved her very much. In addition , she was a huge part of our lives as teacher to my two oldest Epiphany School. I held a baby shower for her first baby at my house. We stayed close while she was at Epiphany. After that we were on her page when she was diagnosed. Paulina was a beautiful spirit. She shared her smile and kindness everywhere she went. She was a strong warrior and I thank God she was able to enjoy her husband and 4 beautiful kids for the time she had them. Our family will never forget her. All our love and prayers always.

- Alvarez-Gutierrez Family, Miami, FL

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. She was such a wonderful person with such a huge heart. God bless her beautiful soul and you and her beautiful children. She was such an inspiration and I feel very blessed to have known her.

- Marta Miltiades, savannah, Ga

We know Mrs. Tawil lost her battle here on earth but won her victory in Jesus’s presence. She taught my daughters at Epiphany In Miami and we will remember her sweet smile always.

- Essie B. Llaneza, Miami, FL

She will be missed greatly. May thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones.

- Jorge M. Le-Roy Jr., Lafayette, La

Paulina was a wonderful woman who fought the good fight. I am blessed to have known and worked with her at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School for several years. She was full of life and full of love. May she Rest In Peace in the loving arms of her God.

- Judy Holler, Little Rock, AR

Tyrone, Frankie, Danny, Gabi, and Jordy, Words cannot express how sad we all are. Paulina was sparky, witty, fun, and giving. She had a beautiful smile, countenance, and heart and it will live on in the lives of her incredible children. Much love to all of you and may God lift you up and hold you during this time of loss for your amazing Wife and Mom. We are here for y’all and please let us know if you need anything.Mary Christy, Isabelle, John Ryan, Lori Kate, and Sara Carr❤️

- Mary Christy Macdonald , Savannah, Ga

What a special woman and how blessed we were to have had her as Mathew’s teacher. Her light will continue to shine through the many students she taught and the lives she touched, we were all better for having known her. Praying for her family that they will be comforted by and lean on the hope that only faith in Christ can give.

- Holly, Clay and Mathew Geriner, Savannah, Ga

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We are all so sorry for your loss Tyrone, Frankie, Daniela, Gaby, Jordi, Paulina, Alex, Alicia & Olga María. We were so blessed to have gotten to know Paula, and we will forever remember our trip together to North Carolina with her. May Paula’s joy of life and fighting spirit love strong within you all. May the great faith that she had sustain you all during this difficult time, you are all in our prayers. Our deepest condolences, Mari, Roly, Claudia & Roly Rodriguez.

- Maria Viña-Rodriguez Vina-Rodriguez, Miami, FL

My sincere condolences to Tyrone and the entire family. My heart is broken as the world has one less smile on the face of a beautiful person inside and out. Paulina was my daughter’s favorite teacher at Epiphany School in 2nd grade 24 years ago. She was an unbelievably caring, nurturing, talented teacher and a big hearted friend who was always smiling. The whole family remain in my prayers.

- Lynn Buchanan , Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl

Tyrone and family, we are so saddened to hear this news. Paulina was such a special person and we were fortunate to have had her teach Sam. Her beautiful smile and caring spirit will be greatly missed by many. May she Rest In Peace and May perpetual light shine upon her. You and all the family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Love and peace, Louisa and Rob Wilson

- Louisa Wilson, Savannah, GA

God Bless all of you. Paulina was such a wonderful and inspiring lady! We loved having her and your family throughout our SJS journey. Paulina always had a smile on her face and greeted everyone as a friend. She will be missed by all of those she touched. A beautiful soul inside and out. Love and prayers to all of you.

- The Garner Family, Savannah, GA

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Tyrone, both of us send our condolences to you and your family. God bless you and your family, May Paulina Rest In Peace. Joe and Marie Dunleavy

- Joe and Marie Dunleavy, Savannah, GA

We have very good memories of Paulina and your family and we continue to pray or all. With all our love Carmen and Norman

- Ruiz-Castaneda, Miami, FL

While Paulina only lived on Hilton Head for a short while; her impact was loving and extensive to many. She brightened our world and we were so blessed to have known her. She will be missed. I send my sincere sympathies to her sweet family and pray for your comfort. Sissy Jarrell


So very so for your loss. Pauline was a great person and teacher.

- Therese Klotz Uriarte, Miami, FL

My daughters and I are so very sorry for your profound loss of the wonderful Paulina. What a joy and bright light she brought to our family. May her memory be for a blessing! Karyn, Julee and Chelsee

- Karyn Hunt Kuklinski, Hilton Head Island , SC

Tyrone, prayers and love to you and your family. Paulina wS a wonderful person and is going to be missed. She went from being an Angel on earth to an Angel in heaven. She will always be with and the children. Take care.

- Mary Stueber and sons, Monroe, NC

My deepest condolences to all the family - I so enjoyed working with Paulina a truly special lady

- Elaine Sunderland Morris , Fort Worth, Texas

Tyrone, Franki, Gabi, Dani and Jordi, Hold onto the beautiful memories you have as a living family, they will last you for a lifetime. What an honor it was to know her and love her for such a short time in our relationship. Prayers for much peace and love on your journey ahead.

- Tom & Chrissy kaye, Bluffton, SC

I'm so sorry to hear this news and see this post! I had the pleasure of teaching Paulina's daughter Dani in class at GCSU, and her outstanding work was obviously a reflection of being raised in an outstanding family. She was one of my favorites! My prayers are with you all, in hopes God provides you strength and comfort especially during this difficult time. Having lost my own mother to breast cancer, I'm additionally empathetic to your loss. God bless!

- Dr. Chris Wood, McDonough, GA

Franki, My heart goes out to you and your family. I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear Mother. She sounds like a precious person from within and was a beautiful lady. In meeting you, I’m sure she raised wonderful children too.

- Laurel Ely, Macon , Ga

My deepest condolences to the Tawil family. May Paula rest in eternal peace. Will always remember Paula’s beautiful and infectious smile.

- Juan Carlos Gutierrez and Family, Miami, Florida

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this challenging period of your lives. I met Mrs. Tawil on several occasions and found her to be an intelligent and supportive mother. May God bless you all!

- Pat Williams, Savannah, Georgia

To Tyrone, Francesca, Dani, Gabi, and Jordi, please know that we have been with Paulina and all of you in prayer for a long time. We treasure our memories of her years teaching at St. Gregory, the help you all gave as we established our second convent in Bluffton, and also your presence at one of our SSCM celebrations in Charleston. Everyone who knew Paulina and worked with her loved her, especially, as Sister Canice says, all the children she taught. Her first kindergarten students at SGG are now sophomores in college! We know that Paulina was welcomed to a wonderful dwelling place with God! Four of us SSCM’s will be there on Wednesday.

- Sister Pamela Smith, SSCM, Bluffton, Sc

My deep sorrow I wish I could be there. So sorry Polly and Alex. Love you both. RIP

- brenda flores, Miami, FL

Praying hard for our friend and her family. From her Epiphany Emmaus friends.

- Luly and Lenny Rodríguez , Miami, FL

We are so heartbroken. Our love and prayers for strength and peace are with you all.

- The Marrick Family, Dawsonville , Georgia

Although I knew this day would come, I never imagined the pain I’d feel. I thought of you often and we always understood each other so well. You were my guidance and my calm. I am so sad for my beautiful nieces and nephew. It hurts to know they lost the most important thing in their lives but you raised them so well, so strong. Your nieces are so sad, trying to understand why Tia left, even though we prayed daily for her. They wonder what Thanksgiving will be and why they couldn’t spend a summer at the Tawil home. We will shuffle and learn to celebrate in a different way, one that honors you everyday. Love you my dear sister! You are an inspiration now and always.

- Torres Family, Miami, FL

Our condolences to the Tawil family. Francesca, Daniela, Gabriela and Jordi, may all the wonderful memories of your mom and time bring peace to you and your dad ❤️

- Maria, Motor, Sophia, Audrey & Antonella Paz , Miami, Fl

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To Paulina's Family: May the memories of Paulina bring you comfort. My sincerest condolences. I had the pleasure of sharing the Spain El Camino experience with Paulina. I instantly connected with her joyful spirit and admired her strength. She was such a great inspiration to me. I will forever hold her in my heart. Sending you thoughts of love and prayer. Peace be with you. Denise

- Denise Lane, Miramar, FL

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Dear Tia, We love you and will miss you so much! You are the funnest Tia ever! Thank you for always thinking of us.

- Caitlynn & Daniela Torres, Miami, FL

We are so sorry for the loss of Paulina. She was such a lovely person and we enjoyed getting to know her at St. James, as well as the Tawil family. She was quite the fighter but it brings comfort to know that she is no longer suffering. Sending love and peace to the family. Sincerely, Tommy, Julie, and Jake Reese

- Tommy, Julie, and Jake Reese, Savannah , GA

Dear Tyrone and family, You have my deepest sympathy and prayers. Paulina was a wonderful woman who had a deep faith and love for her family. She was a dedicated and very effective teacher of the youth. She will be greatly missed by all. You are in my prayers and I remember Paulina at Mass. May God grant you Peace and Consolation. God Bless

- Fr. Mark Ross, Augusta, GA

I know that all of you are shrouded in sorrow but take time to celebrate this beautiful woman and her beautiful life.

- Barbara selvy, Simpsonville, SC

Tyrone and Family, There are just no words to adequately express our respect and appreciation for Paulina and your family. We have thought of you all fondly every time we pull out Paulina’s hand written recipes for the traditional hummus, kibbe, and rolled grape leaves. I was so very grateful for those wonderful cooking lessons in your Bluffton kitchen. We continue to keep all of you in our prayers. God bless you all! With all our love, The Nimmers

- Bill, Susan, Meccay, MG and Joanmarie Nimmer, Bluffton , SC

Assuring each of you continuing prayers from my convent/school, Saint Laurence. I spoke to our nuns and student body about Paulina and how much she loved you, her God and her church. LOVE AND LIFE...her gift from God and the gift that she witnessed to others every day. Her willingness to accept God's will is just one of the ways she taught all who knew her. All of us here in St. Laurence are praying TO HER, as we are so mindful of Our Father's faithfulness to all who love Him. My prayer TO her is that she will continue to bless you with her love...I am certain she will! May the peace that only He can give embrace you and your loved ones.

- Sister Rosie, Paulina's grade partner at Epiphany, Upper Darby, PA

Assuring each of you continuing prayers from my convent/school, Saint Laurence. I spoke to our nuns and student body about Paulina and how much she loved you, her God and her church. LOVE AND LIFE...her gift from God and the gift that she witnessed to others every day. Her willingness to accept God's will is just one of the ways she taught all who knew her. All of us here in St. Laurence are praying TO HER, as we are so mindful of Our Father's faithfulness to all who love Him. My prayer TO her is that she will continue to bless you with her love...I am certain she will! May the peace that only He can give embrace you and your loved ones.

- Sister Rosie, Paulina's grade partner at Epiphany, Upper Darby, PA

Dear Tyrone, Francesca, Daniela, Gabriela, and Jordan, We were so saddened to hear of the death or your beloved Paulina. I was the prek aide at Epiphany and was delighted to teach all three girls. Paulina was always such a beautiful, caring, fun person. She will be greatly missed. Her fighting spirit will live on. Sending love and condolences Cathy and Armando

- Cathy Gutierrez , Austin, Texas

We are so deeply sorry to hear about Paulina. She was Jesse’s favorite teacher at St.James and took him under her protective wings while I was in a coma following my 4th bout of cancer. Paulina was compassionate and remained caring and concerned about Jesse and about my ongoing health long after she left St. James. Paulina’s passing extinguished a truly bright light from this earth; one we were so blessed to have walked among us. We will miss her forever.

- Karen and Jesse Davis, Savannah , GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel