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Esther Pauly, 72

Esther Pauly of Cold Spring died peacefully Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family, following a long battle with cancer. She was 72.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in St. Nicholas with Fr. Don Wagner and Fr. Thomas Olson officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, at the Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins, and also one hour prior to services at the church Thursday. Inurnment will be in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Watkins.


Esther B. Pauly was born July 3, 1941, near Watkins to John and Hildegard (Boeckman) Bates. Esther graduated from St. Boniface High School in Cold Spring in 1959. She furthered her education to become a Certified Nursing Assistant and she
W-Esther-Paulyworked in the health care profession for many years.

Sept. 29, 1962, Esther was united in marriage to David Pauly at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins. They farmed near Watkins until 1980 when they moved to a farm near Sebeka. They have resided in Cold Spring since 2006. Esther was a member of the St. Nicholas Catholic Church in St. Nicholas. She was also a member of the Sebeka American Legion Auxiliary Post #456.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother-in-law Roger Lawler.

She is survived by her husband David Pauly of Cold Spring; children and their spouses Steven Pauly of Hewitt, Allen (and Kim) Pauly of Sebeka, Michael (and Deb) Pauly of Clifton Park N.Y., Theresa (and Jeff) Lange of Fargo, N.D./Bangkok, Thailand,Marge (and Tom) Phillipp of Cold Spring, Diane Pauly of New Hope; 12 grandchildren; brother and sisters and their spouses Dave Bates of Watkins, Pat (and Roger) Hennen of Sartell, Bev (and Don) Schmitt of Watkins, Mary Lawler of Watkins, and Debra Bates of Chaska.

Music will be by Julene Faber-Andrusick. Arrangements are with the Ertl Funeral Home of Watkins.