CEDAR RAPIDS – Ruth Anna (Franzenburg) Paulsen, 91, of Dubuque, formerly of Cedar Rapids, Iowa passed away on December 5, 2013 at Luther Manor Nursing Home in Dubuque. Ruth’s Memorial Service will be Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 1:00pm, at the Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories in Cedar Rapids. Visitation and a light luncheon will follow the service at the Cedar Memorial Park Family Center. Interment will be at the Keystone Cemetery, Keystone, IA, at a later date.

Ruth was born January 22, 1922 to John and Louise Franzenburg on a farm near Keystone, IA. She attended Keystone Lutheran School and graduated from Keystone High School in 1939. Ruth received a primary education degree from Iowa State Normal College (UNI) and taught at Dunbar, Monticello, Boone, and Iowa City.

On September 9, 1945 Ruth married her high school classmate, Donald Paulsen at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Keystone, IA They had four children: Gretchen in Iowa City, Greg in Cleveland, Ohio, Glenda in Augsburg, Germany, and Gordon in Victor, Iowa. She belonged to PEO, Embroiderer’s Guild, and enjoyed needle crafts. She loved animals and teaching tricks to her dogs and birds. Ruth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

Ruth is survived by 3 children: Gretchen (Bill) Enke of Fort Dodge, IA, Greg (Mary Coan) Paulsen of Dubuque, IA, and Gordon Paulsen of Cedar Rapids, IA; 7 grandchildren: Erika (Matt) Klitzke, Kristen (BJ) Green, Elizabeth (Jon) Midgette, Luke Paulsen (finacee Emily Werder), Ben (Amanda) Paulsen, Hana Paulsen, and Adam Paulsen; 8 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Donald; daughter Glenda Paulsen; parents John and Louise Franzenburg; twin sister Ruby Rice; and brother Howard Franzenburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to: Keystone Cemetery, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Dubuque, IA, Luther Manor, Dubuque, IA or a charity of your choice.

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