Salem, MA — Paulette “Polly” (Demitropoulos) Langone, age 74, of Salem, formerly of Lynn, died after a brief illness on Monday, July 7, 2014, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She was the wife of LTC Michael S. Langone (Retired), and the daughter of the late William and Leona (Myers) Demitropoulos. Born in Lynn, Mass. on Nov. 19, 1939, Paulette was raised in the Brickyard section of Lynn and graduated in 1957 from Lynn Classical High School, and from UMASS- Amherst in 1961. She moved to Salem in 1965, where she made a home for her family. She was a gifted portrait artist working in several mediums including, pastels, oils, charcoal and watercolors. Paulette worked for the Lynn Public Schools for more than 40 years as an art teacher, first at Breed Middle School, and later at Lynn Classical High School. Many of her students’ artwork was featured in the prestigious Boston Globe Art Contest. She inspired and changed the lives of countless numbers of students. In 1985, she and a colleague were applicants for the Teacher in Space program. After the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, their grief inspired them to create a portrait of Christa McAuliffe and the space shuttle. Proceeds from the sale of posters based on this drawing funded a Christa McAuliffe Scholarship Fund they established for many years. The pair were invited to the White House to meet President Ronald Reagan for their efforts. The original piece of artwork hangs in Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Mass. Christa’s Alma Mater. Paulette also attended Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. for a program especially for teachers. She enjoyed working in floral design, and in her earlier days worked for Tony the Florist in Lynn. She kept herself very busy after retirement. She was a founding member of the North Shore Ladies Investment Club, a former board member of Raw Art Works of Lynn and a member of the North Shore Art Teachers Association. She was active with her husband Michael in his involvement in veterans’ organizations, including the Second Corps of Cadets Veterans Association, and the Yankee Division Veterans Association, where she was recently appointed Sergeant-at-Arms. Before her death, Paulette was in the process of restoring century-old sculptures cast by Italian-American artist Pietro Carproni. The sculptures were a gift from the Classical High School Class of 1911, and will be permanently hung in the foyer of the new Classical High School. Besides her husband, Michael of 50 years, Paulette is survived by her two daughters, Lisa Langone of Salem and her son-in-law, Atty. Joseph P. Franzese, and Nicole Langone of Salem; her sisters, Elaine Moody of Peabody and Joanne Tague of San Diego; her brothers, George Demitropoulos of Lynn and Alexander Demitropoulos of Idaho Falls, Idaho and the late Peter Demitropoulos, who died at birth. She also leaves several nieces and nephews.