Paula L. (Langwa) Markiewicz of East Sandwich died September 29, after a 15-month battle against cancer. She was 76.

She was born in Gloucester, raised in East Bridgewater, and spent summers at her family beach house in Pocasset, where she developed her love for Cape Cod. She lived in New York for some time and then spent nearly 20 years in Virginia. She and her husband, Joe Markiewicz, returned to New England more than 30 years ago when they moved to East Sandwich.

Following her graduation from Bridgewater State College, she went to work as a purser for Trans World Airlines primarily flying from New York City to Europe. After that, she was one of the first women to head a major trade organization, being named the executive director of the International Newspaper Marketing Association. Her position required her to travel extensively throughout the world and she made dozens of trips across Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand. She was awarded the organization’s highest honor in 1989 when she was presented with the prestigious Silver Shovel.

After she settled in East Sandwich, Ms. Markiewicz spent nearly three decades as a realtor.

She was an accomplished sailor, captaining many trips off the New England Coast, the British and US Virgin Islands, the Abaco Islands, and a few trips down the rivers of France. Ms. Markiewicz was also an avid gardener who spent countless hours in the various gardens on the grounds of her home. She also was also known for her gourmet cooking and love of hosting friends and family.

Her true passion, however, was her Portuguese water dogs. She bred numerous champions and grand champions, sending many of her dogs to success at the Westminster Kennel Club. She was the co-founding member of the Mayflower Portuguese Water Dog Club and an active member serving on many committees for the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America. She always referred to her dogs—Dixon, Glory, Zoe, Abby, Cali, Vinnie, Ivy and Molly—as “the kids,” and was happiest when she was heading out to watch them in the conformation ring.

In addition to her husband of 43 years, she leaves her sister, Sonja Anciello of Rockport.

A celebration of her life is planned for a later date.

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