After 103 trips around the sun, Margaret Elva “Marge” Paulson died peacefully Dec. 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 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 on a small farm in Eagle River, Wis. The family later moved further west to St. Paul, Minn., where she began her education. At the young age of 10, Marge’s mother passed away, which greatly impacted her. The family then eventually relocated to a farm near Amery, Wis. 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.
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.
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; 17 grandchildren; over 30 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m., December 29 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Dresser. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Bethesda Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Bethesda Lutheran Church or the Polk County Special Olympics.
Grandstrand Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.grandstrandfh.com.