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Paul J. Aulwes, 87

Paul James Aulwes, age 87, of Montrose, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

He was born Jan. 24, 1924, in Minneapolis, the son of Fredrick Henry and Cecilia Margaret (O’Neil) Aulwes, II.

Paul was joined in holy marriage to Adeline Marie Miland Jan. 7, 1950, at Grand Meadow Catholic Church. God blessed their marriage with six children.

Paul was a World War II veteran who served in the US Navy as a ship’s cook third class.

A member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, Paul enjoyed volunteering as a cook for numerous church functions.

He was a life member of the VFW, and a member of the Waverly Knights of Columbus.

Paul’s greatest joys were spending time with his family, and traveling with his son, Steve. He also enjoyed golfing and playing cards.

He is survived by his children, Paula Ann (Rod) Ruesch, Dennis James (Stacey) Aulwes, Cecilia Marie (Vern) Torgeson, Steven William Aulwes, Tim Paul (Debbie) Aulwes, and Thomas Jay (Wanda) Aulwes; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; sisters Mary Busse and Agnes Thomas; brothers Phil Aulwes and John Aulwes; brother and sister-in-law Dolly and Donna Miland; sisters-in-law Dorothy Aulwes, Gwennie Hovden, and Margaret Miland; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Adeline Feb. 25, 2006; his parents, Fredrick Henry and Cecilia Margaret (O’Neil) Aulwes, II; mother- and father-in-law, Marie and Gunvick Miland; brothers Fredrick (Eunice) Aulwes III, and Herb Aulwes; sister Betty (Ed) Radford; brothers-in-law Lee Busse, Glen Thomas, Emmett Hovden, Bill Farnsworth and Larry Miland; and sisters-in-law Millie Aulwes and Vernese Farnsworth.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, Dec. 22 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly with Fr. Kenneth O’Hotto officiating. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Visitation was Wednesday, Dec. 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, with a prayer service at 7:30 pm.; and continued Thursday morning one hour prior to the Mass.

The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo assisted the family with arrangements; www.thepetersonchapel.com.