Paula Rose Bonn Malatesta, 72, of Troutman, N.C., passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at the Gordon Hospice House.

Born April 28, 1947, in Jersey City, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Rose Testori Bonn and Arther Bonn. She was an artist and art teacher in New Jersey, and collaborated with many private groups and schools to make intricate costumes and scenery for plays and stage performances.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Jill Ann Malatesta.

Paula is survived by her husband, Robert Joseph Malatesta; two daughters, Alicia Malatesta of Troutman and Brittany Malatesta of Salisbury, N.C.; a son, Donald Malatesta of Troutman; a grandson, Benicio of Troutman; and a cousin, Gus Speil of California.

The family will have a receiving of friends and service Wednesday, February 26, 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the chapel at Troutman Funeral Home.

Troutman Funeral Home of Troutman, N.C., is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at