Joan Pauls of Richmond, formerly of Watkins died Sunday, march 3, 2013, at the Paynesville Area Hospital. She was 85.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in St. Nicholas with Fr. Tom Olson, Fr. Paul Folsom, and Fr. Richard Gross officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at the Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins. Parish rosary will be at 4 p.m.Wednesday at the funeral home followed by parish prayers at 6 p.m. Friends may also call one hour prior to services at the church Thursday. Interment will be in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Watkins.
Joan K. Pauls was born Sept. 20, 1927, at St. Nicholas, Minn., to John P. and Rose (Dockendorf) Beckius. Joan was united in marriage to Floyd Pauls Oct. 30, 1947, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church. They resided in the St. Nicholas area where Joan kept busy as a homemaker, mother, and caregiver. She was a member of the Watkins Legion Auxiliary, and the Wat-Kim-Valley VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed flowers and gardening.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents John P. and Rose Beckius; husband Floyd Pauls Sr.; son Floyd Pauls Jr.; daughter-in-law Judy Pauls; sisters Viola Lahr, Delores Kilrain, Virgie Stiel, and LaVern Lahr; brothers Vern, James, Victor, and Larry Beckius.
She is survived by her children and their spouses Matthew Pauls of Sauk Rapids, Vicki (and Don) Schneider of Watkins, Terry (and Kathy) Pauls of Watkins, Shirley (and Doug) Loch of Paynesville, Jeffrey Pauls (and special friend Gail Ransom) of St. Nicholas, Glenn Pauls of Watkins; daughter-in-law Karen Pauls of Kimball; 23 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law John (and Diane Beckius) of Paynesville; sister Margie Pauls of Richmond.
Casket bearers will be Matthew Pauls, Terry Pauls, Jeffrey Pauls, Glenn Pauls, Don Schneider, and Doug Loch. Honorary casket bearers will be Vicki Schneider, Shirley Loch, Karen Pauls, Kathy Pauls, Gail Ransom, Susie Ruegemer, and Judy Dingmann.