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Doris R. Paulson

August 31, 1929 — January 31, 2022

Doris R. Paulson

Doris R. Paulson, age 92, of Parkers Prairie, died on Monday, January 31, 2022, at St. William’s Living Center in Parkers Prairie.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 12, 2022, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie with Pastor Rachel Stout officiating. Music is provided by organist, Julie Lindgren and soloist, Dedra Zwieg. Doris’ service will be livestreamed on her obituary page on the funeral home website or by clicking HERE. Interment will take place at Swedish Lutheran Cemetery, Parkers Prairie.

Visitation is from 4-6 p.m., Friday, February 11, at Lind Family Funeral Home in Parkers Prairie and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Doris Ruth (Peterson) Paulson was born in Alexandria, MN on August 31, 1929.  She was the youngest of two children of Albert John and Hilma (Peterson) Peterson.  She was baptized on November 9, 1929, by J. Edor Larson and confirmed on May 30, 1943 by Rev. Lambert Engwald at First Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie.  She spent her childhood on the family farm north of Parkers Prairie attending Highway Park Country School and graduating from Parkers Prairie High School in 1947.

Following graduation, she began working as a bookkeeper, first for the Ford Garage followed by the Parkers Prairie Creamery. She served as parish secretary for First Lutheran and Esther Lutheran churches for several years.  in 1966, she began her career at Parkers Prairie High School (PPHS) as Secretary to the Principal, retiring in 1994.

Doris married Leonard August Paulson on January 20, 1951, at First Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie.  They settled in Eastern Township in 1954 where they farmed and ran a beekeeping honey business.  They had one daughter, Ruth.  They retired from farming in 1998 and continued to live on the farm until Leonard’s death in April 1999.  Doris moved to Parkers Prairie in November of 1999.

Doris loved life and any and all people she came in contact with.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother leaving us with many wonderful memories that we will cherish forever.  She enjoyed her many years of work at PPHS.  She saw the potential in every student and often said “you can’t judge a kid in high school because you don’t know yet what they will become”.  Her favorite moments were when a former student would recognize her and stop to greet her.  She was immediately interested in hearing all about their lives, including their work, where they lived, their family and sharing a special memory from PPHS.  Doris enjoyed the outdoors tending to her lawn, flowers, and beloved rhubarb.   Most of all, Doris loved Parkers Prairie, choosing to spend her final days at St Williams Living Center rather than moving closer to family.

Doris is survived by her daughter, Ruth (James) Weispfenning of Rochester, MN; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, Michael (Tami) Weispfenning, Kennedy and Cody of Shakopee, MN, Tressa (Josh) Wiltsie, Blayne, Jadea, Levi, and Tyler of Chaska, MN, John Weispfenning of Sioux Falls, SD, Alissa (Michael) Smith and Zoe of Erie, CO; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Vernard and Neva Paulson of Lafayette, MN; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; brother, Vernon R. Peterson; parents, Albert and Hilma Peterson; parents-in-law, Carl and Esther Paulson; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Lloyd and Beverly Paulson, Earl Wardien, Alan and Florance Voge, and Harry Paulson; and nephew, Arvin Wardien.

Pallbearers are her grandchildren and their spouses, Michael and Tami Weispfenning, Tressa and Josh Wiltsie, John Weispfenning, Alissa and Michael Smith, and son-in-law, James Weispfenning. Honorary pallbearers are her great-grandchildren, Kennedy and Cody Weispfenning, Blayne, Jadea, Levi, and Tyler Wiltsie, and Zoe Smith.

Memorials preferred to First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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Past Services


Friday, February 11, 2022

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Lind Family Funeral Home - (Alexandria)

1623 10th Ave E, Alexandria, MN 56308

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Funeral Service

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

First Evangelical Lutheran Church

309 S Otter Ave, Parkers Prairie, MN 56361

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