Paula von Haimberger Arno

SURRY—Paula von Haimberger Arno was born on Sept. 13, 1911, in Karwin, Czechoslovakia, daughter of Baron Paul and Baroness Gertrude Haimberger. She died at home in Surry on April 26, 2010.


After growing up and being educated in Austria, she came to the United States with her husband and daughter in 1940. As a young woman, Paula learned English, secretarial skills and general American how-to in New York City. Those heady years, when people on the homefront of World War II worked hard and lived in an energetic atmosphere of American music, painting and patriotism made Paula embrace her new country and pitch in. With hard work and skill, she became a journalist, covering foreign affairs as a researcher for TIME magazine, interviewing heads of state and foreign diplomats with the understanding of someone who was acquainted with both sides of the Atlantic. After a long career that included work as an editor of Life Books, Paula retired, together with her husband, the artist Enrico Arno, and spent five months of the year in their camp on Donnell Pond in Franklin. In 1979, they became year-round residents of Surry. After the death of her husband, Paula spent many rich years in Surry gardening, boating, reading and enjoying her family. For the past several years, she has been holder of the Boston Post Cane for Surry. She lived a long and interesting life, taught her descendants a great deal and will be remembered fondly by all who knew her.

Paula was the last of four children; her brothers, Hans, Theodore and George died before her. She is survived by her daughter, Gertrud Graubart Champe; her grandson, Mark, wife, Kathy, son, Alex and fiancée, Cyncyrie, and her grandson, Peter, wife, Elise, daughter, Uma and son, Benjamin, and relatives and friends inside and outside the United States.

Paula’s last years were made secure and comfortable by the loving, skillful work of many care givers, but in particular Mona Rice Sperry, Cyndee Carroll and Wendy Libby. It would not have been possible to keep her at home without the unfailing loving-kindness and high level of skill of Judy Marinelli, a nurse for Hancock County Home Care and Hospice.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Scott Mower at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ellsworth on Wednesday, May 5, at 10 a.m. Condolences may be expressed at

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