Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Theresa "Tracy" Pauls of Pella, Iowa, formerly of Concord, Calif., and Watkins, died peacefully March 17, 2011. She was 101.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins with Fr. John Brunner officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.
Theresa L. Pauls was born Dec. 29, 1909, to Matt and Mary Pauls in Watkins. She attended elementary school in Watkins, and graduated from Cold Spring High School in 1928. Her teaching career began at Rohrbeck and McIntee schools south of Watkins. After additional training at St. Cloud Teacher's College, she taught at the Watkins Public School until 1936. She obtained a Minnesota teaching credential and taught at Littlefork and International Falls in northern Minnesota until 1941. When the United States entered WWII, Theresa went to work at Hill Field, an Army Air Corps Base in Utah. Later, she taught in the Salt Lake City school system for 10 years. In 1954, she moved to California to teach second grade at Belshaw Elementary, a new school in Antioch. She taught there for 20 years before retiring in 1975.
After retiring, Theresa moved into The Heritage, the first senior apartment complex in Concord, Calif. She was an active member of the tenants' board and served as board president. She volunteered as an arts and crafts teacher at the Concord Adult Activity Center and the Rainbow Learning Program. Additionally, she visited the ill, and brought communion to shut-ins as a member of Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. The Concord Chapter of Soroptimists International of the Americas honored her as one of their "Women of Distinction" for her volunteer activities and efforts.
Theresa's leisure pursuits included extensive travel, including a voyage around the world on a freighter. She loved visiting the U.S. National Parks, especially Yosemite. She was an accomplished weaver, gardener, and knitter. She knitted articles for her many great-nieces and great-nephews, and for their children, too. She was an avid reader, and life-long learner. In 2006, Theresa moved to Oskaloosa, Iowa, to live with her goddaughter, Linda Nistler Siebens.
Theresa was preceded in death by her parents Matt and Mary Pauls; her sisters Susie Weber, Louise Pauls, Mary Botz Hinz, and Clara Nistler; brothers Pete, John, Matt, and Henry Pauls; and nine nieces and nephews.
She is survived by 12 nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
Music will be by Theresa's great niece-in-law Kathy Pauls. Memorials are preferred to the Yosemite Conservancy, 101 Montgomery St., Suite 1700, San Francisco, CA 94104, or donor's charity of choice.
Arrangements are with the Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins.