Feld, Paul S., Fortified with the Sacraments of the Holy Mother Church on Dec. 17, 2016 at the age of 59. Devoted husband of Kristi Lyn Feld (nee Witthaus); Loving father of Sarah Elizabeth (Christopher) Whorton; Dear grandfather of Christopher “CJ” Whorton; Dear brother of Julia (Kevin) Laughlin; Uncle; Cousin; and Friend to many. Preceded in death by his parents Jerome (Grace) Feld.
Proud of his Catholic roots, Paul was a 1971 graduate of St. Angela Merici grade school and a 1975 graduate of Rosary High school in North St. Louis County. Always a sports enthusiast, he enjoyed competing throughout the years in soccer, golf, racquet ball and walley ball. He was a member of a bowling league for many years. He was a big fan of Cardinals baseball and Blues hockey.
Paul welcomed the challenges that his career in Information Technology provided. He retired in 2009 as a Group Manager from BJC HealthCare after 24 years of service.
Time spent with family and friends brought him much enjoyment as well as traveling with Kristi, his wife of 25 years. He liked going out to his in-laws’ farm to fish in the small pond on the property. Over the years he was energized by the competition of Texas Hold ‘em game nights with the “gang”. In the last few years, he added coin collecting to his long list of activities.
Paul was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) at age 19. Despite the health issues the disease presented, he always kept a positive outlook. He inspired many when he pushed himself to live life to the fullest and to help others even when he was experiencing physical difficulties. He surpassed the life expectancy and was able to see his baby daughter grow into adulthood and to enjoy the role of proud grandpa. Paul was actively involved with the CF community. For many years he was on the board of directors of the US Adult Cystic Fibrosis Association (USACFA) which publishes a newsletter called CF Round Table. Adults with CF submit articles on a variety of topics to be published in the newsletter. It’s an exceptional opportunity for CF patients to share ideas with one another and to educate others about the disease. Paul frequently shared his thoughts in this publication.
In 2004 he was given the gift of life when he received a double lung transplant. Paul and all those who knew and loved him will be forever grateful to his donor, David Sproul and his family. Their selfless act provided 12 more years to our beloved Paul, a kind and loving man with a gentle spirit. After his transplant, Paul became an advocate for organ donation. He participated in US transplant games and was proud to take home a few medals in David’s honor. Numerous times he joined with his transplant surgeon, Dr. Bryan Meyers to present the story of his CF and transplant journey to students at Washington University.
At Paul’s request, his body will be donated to Washington University for the advancement of science. The family would like to thank BJC Hospice for their excellent care in Paul’s final days.
Services: The Hutchens- Stygar Funeral Home is caring for Paul’s family. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 9:30 A.M., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 at Saints Joachim & Ann Catholic Church, 4112 McClay Road St Charles, MO 63304 (636)-441-7503.
In Lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to USACFA US Adult Cystic Fibrosis Association,
USACFA, Inc.PO Box 68105 Indianapolis IN 46268-0105