6-7:00 P.M. Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
9-10:00 A.M. Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo.
7:00 P.M. Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
10:00 A.M. Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo.
Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Bernardine “Bernie” Rose (Desautels) Paulson, 89, Fargo passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 28, 2014 at the Palliative Care Unit of Sanford Health surrounded by her family.
Bernie was born October 19, 1925 in Michigan, ND to Ernest and Rosalia (Fink) Desautels. She graduated from Michigan High School as Valedictorian before attending Mayville State College, earning her Associates Degree. She moved to El Segundo, CA to work in an airplane factory in the blue print department for 14 months before moving back home on her 19th birthday to help with her family when her mother had surgery. She taught at a country school “Melrose” near Michigan for 1 year for 11 students.
She married Almond Paulson on July 15, 1946 and they made their home in Wahpeton. She worked for Otter Tail Power for a time and then stayed home to begin raising her family of 14. They moved to Lidgerwood in 1948 and lived there for 18 years. She moved to Hankinson, ND in 1966 and worked at the school in the food service department for 7 years. She finished her career as the receptionist at St. Gerard’s Hospital for 10 years. She moved to Fargo in 1995 with Almond. Almond passed away in 2001.
Bernie was an active volunteer and member at each of her parishes. She had a deep love of God and passed on her faith to each of her children. She enjoyed playing cards, working puzzles of all kinds, cross-stitching, watching sports and was an avid Yankees fan. She loved to cook, had a great love for music and a fantastic sense of humor. Bernie’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the love of her life and she always enjoyed spending time with all of them.
She is survived by her children; Linda (friend Tom) Camire, South Hamilton, MA; Terence Paulson, Fargo, ND; Steven (DeeAnne) Paulson, Austin, TX; Michael Paulson, Fargo, ND; Lawrie (Teddi Jo) Paulson, Jamestown, ND; Nancy (John) Darling, Mandan, ND; Lisa (John) Fischl, Phoenix, AZ; Justin (Wendy) Paulson, Fargo, ND; Daniel (Denise) Paulson, Fargo, ND; Melanie (Gary) Salava, Riverview, FL; Jacqueline (Robert) Buschette, Cedar Rapids, IA; Heidi (friend Rob) Paulson, Boston, MA; 27 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; siblings, Annette Farrell, Eau Claire, WI; Ramon “Art” (Jean) Desautels, East Grand Forks, MN; Reine (Phil) Freeman, Grand Forks, ND; Ernest (Judy) Desautels, Brookfield, WI.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Almond, daughter, Rosemary, son, Richard and daughter-in-law, Mary, siblings; Barbara Stump; Rita Raschke; Jean Herrmann; Herman Desautels; Richard Desautels; Frederick Desautels, and great-granddaughter, Estelle.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo.