Dorothy Ann Paulsen, age 75 of Coleridge, Nebraska died on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa after suffering a stroke.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Coleridge with the Rev. David Liewer officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, at church, from 5-8 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. Cremation will occur after the funeral and burial of her cremated remains will be at a later date at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Coleridge. Visitation will continue on Saturday one hour prior to services at church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Coleridge. To send online condolences or to view the video tribute go to www.wintzrayfuneralhome.com.
Pallbearers will be Dorothy’s grandchildren: Jessamie Schulze, Samantha Hamik, Nick Bierschenk, Ashley Bierschenk, Lauren Bierschenk, Sadie Paulsen, Dalie Paulsen, Lane Paulsen, and Greyson Neal.
Dorothy Ann Paulsen was born on December 2, 1942 in Sioux City, Iowa to John and Mildred (Miller) Pfund. She grew up on a farm west of Coleridge and graduated from Coleridge High School in 1960. Dorothy then went to Stewart’s Hairstyling School in Sioux City. She married Duane Bierschenk and they moved to Lead, SD. After Duane died on October 18, 1966 Dorothy moved back to Coleridge. She then married Larry Paulsen on September 12, 1970. Dorothy worked at the Broadway Tavern as a cook and waitress while working at their farm operation.
Dorothy was a member of the St. Michael’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed being with her children and grandchildren. She loved riding her Harley trike, playing cards, cooking and baking. She and Larry have been active in the local Legion Riders Organization. Dorothy was the “Secret Santa” in Coleridge for many years providing needy families with acts of kindness and presents.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Larry of Coleridge; four children and spouses Monte and Melissia Bierschenk of Marietta, OK, Kevin & Cindy Bierschenk of Eastman, Georgia; Loren & Desiree Paulsen of Coleridge, Kayla & David Neal of Atlanta, Georgia; nine grandchildren; two great grandchildren- Lucas Schulze and Harleigh Hamik; one brother Dr. Don (Nancy) Pfund of Spirit Lake, IA; one sister Darlene (Dallas) Puntney of Stromsburg, NE.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, husband Duane Bierschenk, and a brother Duane Pfund.