Mass and viewing held for late Boehner chief of staff

A public viewing and Catholic Mass were held Friday for House Minority Leader John Boehner's (R-Ohio) chief of staff, Paula Nowakowski, who died Saturday at the age of 46 from an apparent heart attack.

The service, which was open to the public, took place at St. Peter's Catholic Church on Capitol Hill. Following a noon Mass, Nowakowski was buried at Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

On Wednesday, Boehner eulogized Nowakowski on the House floor, calling her, "as tough as nails -- a brilliant strategist who had a wicked sense of humor," and who "made a positive difference in thousands of lives."

Boehner's remarks were echoed in floor statements by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Majority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), among others. A moment of silence was also observed in Nowakowski's memory.