Gladys Irene (Johnson) Paulson, age 91, of Dassel, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.
Her funeral service will take place Sunday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, with the Rev. Dan Thompson officiating. Interment will follow at the Dassel Community Cemetery.
There will be visitation Saturday evening, Jan. 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and a one-hour visitation prior to the service Sunday at the church.
Gladys was born April 19, 1926, in Dassel, the daughter of Harry and Esther (Mattson) Johnson. She grew up in the Dassel area, where she was baptized and confirmed in the covenant faith.
Gladys had been active in the Covenant Church Women, and had served as church librarian, a member of the church choir, and a member of a sextet singing group.
She graduated from the Dassel High School in 1944, and then attended North Park Jr. College in Chicago, graduating in 1946. Gladys then received her teaching degree in 1948, from St. Cloud Teachers College.
Gladys was united in marriage to Wayne Elwood Paulson June 10, 1949, at the Mission Covenant Church in Dassel. The couple made their home in Dassel, where they raised their four children.
Gladys had been employed as a teacher in New London, where she taught English and music; and as a substitute teacher for the Dassel School District. In addition, she later was a librarian for the Dassel Public Library.
Gladys loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, making jam, canning fruits, baking bread and pulling taffy. She enjoyed books, children, music, and singing with the church choir.
Gladys and Wayne had taken numerous vacations over the years, from camping to taking cruises, and they enjoyed their 66 years of marriage.
Gladys loved her family and enjoyed having everyone together for the holidays. She will be missed by her family and her many friends.
She is survived by her sons, Timothy (Candace) Paulson of Dassel, Mark (Danette) Paulson of St. Paul, Steven Paulson of Dassel, and Michael (Tammera) Paulson of Hutchinson; eight grandchildren, Kimberly Norman, Mitchell Paulson, Annalisa Christensen, Conrad Paulson, Emelia Pitlick, Nigel Paulson, Dustin Paulson and Shania Paulson; and 12 great-grandchildren, Parker, Paige, and Peyton Christenson, Lilly and Claire Paulson, Mackenzie, Chloe and Ava Paulson, Molly, Mason, and Max Norman and Sterling Paulson.
Gladys is further survived by three siblings, Ethelyn Carlson, Clifford (LaRene) Johnson, and Stuart (Joan) Johnson, all of Dassel; and sister-in-law, Annabelle Johnson of Dassel.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne in 2015; her parents; two siblings, Elmer Johnson and Lillian Wessman; and brothers-in-law Daryl Wessman and Bob Carlson.