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Margaret "Marge" Paulson

May 4, 1915 December 24, 2018
Margaret "Marge" Paulson
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After 103 trips around the sun, Margaret Elva “Marge” Paulson died peacefully on Monday, December 24, 2018, surrounded by her children at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in St. Croix Falls where she spent her last years. She lived independently and cared for her Downs Syndrome son, Tim, until she was 96 years old.

Marge was born on May 4, 1915, to Erik Johan and Alma Caroline (Larson) Gustafson in Malmo, Sweden. She was baptized at St. Pauli Church in Malmo, and lived with her mother, brother, Elmer, and her maternal grandmother, Alma Larson, the first four years of her life in a stuga on the coast of this small Swedish island. At the age of four, mother and children boarded the Norwegian ship “Helzig Olaf” in Denmark to journey to America, the New Land. Even at the young age of four, she remembered seeing the Statue of Liberty as they sailed into New York harbor, finally docking at Ellis Island, where her father was waiting to welcome them to America.

Like many Swedish immigrants before them, the family traveled west, and ultimately settled in a small farm in Eagle River, Wisconsin. The family later moved further west to St. Paul, Minnesota, where she began her education. At the young age of ten, Marge’s mother passed away, which greatly impacted her. The family then eventually relocated to a farm near Amery, Wisconsin. Marge was confirmed in her faith at Range Lutheran Church. After graduating from Amery High School, Marge attended Business College in Minneapolis. She worked at a local restaurant as a cashier to pay for her meals. She soon met Herbert Paulson, and after they courted and married in November of 1934, they moved to rural Clear Lake, where they settled on a family dairy farm. Their union was blessed with seven children. Upon retirement the family moved to Sand Lake and were active members at Bethesda Lutheran Church. Marge was passionate about many things: her vegetable and flower gardens, sewing, her family, all children, and definitely all dogs, and watching fireworks.

Marge is survived by six of her children, Barbara (Darrell) Peterson, Dennis (Carol) Paulson, Patricia (John) Broecker, Gary (Dorothy) Paulson, Jim (Gwen) Paulson, Joy (Richard) Reese; seventeen grandchildren; over thirty great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herbert in 1994; son, Timothy Paulson; granddaughter, Kimberly Quaranta; great-granddaughter, Christian; brother, Elmer; and daughter-in-law, Sandy Paulson.

Memorials may be given to Bethesda Lutheran Church or the Polk County Special Olympics.


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Visitation

Saturday

29

Dec

12:00 PM 12/29/2018 12:00:00 PM - 1:00 PM 12/29/2018 1:00:00 PM
Bethesda Lutheran Church

1947 110th Ave
Dresser, WI 54009

Bethesda Lutheran Church
1947 110th Ave Dresser 54009 WI
United States

Funeral Service

Saturday

29

Dec

1:00 PM 12/29/2018 1:00:00 PM
Bethesda Lutheran Church

1947 110th Ave
Dresser, WI 54009

Bethesda Lutheran Church
1947 110th Ave Dresser 54009 WI
United States

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Bethesda Lutheran Cemetery Final Resting Place

Dresser, WI 54020

Dresser 54020 WI
United States
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