Paul Sloan Tau, age 85, died Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Rolling Fields Nursing Home, Conneautville, PA where he had been a resident for the past six months. Born on July 6, 1925 in Ashtabula, Ohio, he was a son of the late Elmer Tau and Rita Smeltzer Tau. On March 25, 1949 he married the former Miriam Bloss and she survives, residing at Rolling Fields. Paul resided most of his life in Venango, PA except for his later years when he lived in Florida for 18 years and his last year living in Meadville before entering Rolling Fields.

Tau, Paul SloanA veteran of World War Two, Paul entered the US Army in January of 1944 and served his country until being honorably discharged on April of 1946. In 1947, shortly after returning to the Venango area, he began employment with Northwest Rural Electric Co-operative Association in Cambridge Springs first as a lineman and then as a meter reader. He retired from there in 1986 as the head of his department. Over the years he enjoyed hunting, gardening, and fishing. He was active with the New Beginnings Church of God in Meadville.

In addition to his wife, Miriam, of 62 years, Paul is survived by four daughters – Judy Pavlik and her husband, Tom of Meadville; Peggy Berline and her husband, Jay of Easton, WA; Virginia Mook and her husband, Jim of Magnolia, OH; and Paula Tau of Lake Wales, FL; nine grandchildren – Jason and Amy Pavlik; Christopher, Michael, Melissa, and Emily Berline; and Jessey, Justyn, and Jaymee Mook; a great grandson – Paul Pavlik; three brothers – Elmer Tau and his wife, Eloise of Lake City, PA; John Tau and his wife, Norma of Venango; and Frank Tau and his wife, Marge of Gilbert, AZ; and one sister – Pauline Donnell of Cambridge Springs. He was preceded in death by two sisters – Ruth Williams and Elsie Darr; a brother – Everett Tau and an infant – James Tau.

Friends may call at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9. Funeral services will be held at the New Beginnings Church of God, 13226 Leslie Road, Meadville, PA on Monday afternoon at 2:00 with Reverend Harold Ferraro, pastor of the Church officiating. Interment will be in Venango Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the New Beginnings Church.