Shirley Ivonne Marie Paulson, age 77, of Dassel, died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
She was born Feb. 2, 1938, in Ellsworth Township in Meeker County; the daughter of Hjalmer and Mabel (Johnson) Gustafson. She grew up in the Ellsworth Township area, and graduated from Dassel High School in 1956. She was baptized as a young girl at Little Swan Lake in Dassel.
Shirley was united in marriage Feb. 16, 1957, to Kenneth W. Paulson at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel. Together, they made their home in Litchfield for several years before they moved to Kingston. In 1962, they moved south of Dassel, where they have resided since.
Shirley had been employed by 3-M Manufacturing in Hutchinson, Fabri-Tech in Cokato, Nortronics in Dassel, The Prairie House in Dassel, Green Giant in Cokato and Glencoe, The Marketplace of Cokato, and Borg’s Seed in Cokato.
After retirement, she spent much of her time watching over her grandchildren.
Shirley enjoyed knitting and crocheting afghans, mittens, scarves, and hats and had knitted thousands of washcloths that she had both sold and given to family and friends.
Together, she and Kenneth planted a one-half acre vegetable garden every year and canned the harvest.
She loved to go to garage sales and also enjoyed having garage sales. Shirley was fond of collecting chicken knickknacks and other various collectibles that she had all around her home. She also spent much of her time while crocheting watching religious Christian channels.
Shirley is survived by her husband, Kenneth W. Paulson of Dassel; children, Randy (Kay) Paulson of Kingston, Randa (Allen) Hastings of Dassel, Rory Paulson of Hutchinson, RaChelle (Mitchell) Rawlins of Dassel, and Ryan Paulson of Dassel; 19 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Margene Vap of Oklahoma City, OK, and Joyce Johnson of Hutchinson; three sisters-in-law, Janet Gustafson of Kimball, Pat Gustafson of Fairview, IN, and Nancy Gustafson of Hutchinson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Betty Weirauch, Richard Gustafson, Darlene Rumsey, Kenneth Gustafson, Dennis Gustafson, Marlyn Gustafson, and Ronald Gustafson; brothers-in-law, Richard Paulson, Howard Salmela, Robert Weirauch, Gerald Rumsey, and Leslie Johnson.
A funeral service took place Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Church in Litchfield. Pastor Jeff Garland officiated.
There was a time to gather with the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.