In Memory of

Theresa Ann Paulsen

March 8, 1938 - May 10, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Theresa  Ann Paulsen

Theresa Ann Paulsen

Born: March 8, 1938
Died: May 10, 2019
Age: 81

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   Theresa “Terri” was born in Spencer to Ralph and Eva Ginger on March 8, 1938.  She went to grade school in Langdon and High School at Spencer High.  She graduated from Iowa State Teachers College in 1957 with a teaching certification, married Robert Engel of Lake Park Iowa in 1957.  That union produced three boys; Kevin Jay, Greg Alan and Jeffrey Scott.  After raising her three boys in Sheldon she went back to college and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in teaching in 1994.  She went on to teach at St. Patricks School and NITC as a librarian until 2002. She married Gus Paulsen on September 24, 2004 in Spencer.

     Theresa was a giving person and spent many years in education as a teacher and librarian.  Her passion for teaching was evident in her devotion to her lifetime mission of raising three boys. In her retirement she enjoyed long walks, writing in her journal and crossword puzzles.    

      Theresa was preceded in death by mother Eva, father Ralph, sisters Gertrude, Genevieve, Charlotte; brothers Robert and Dwayne; husband Gus, niece Pat (a sister at heart).   

      Theresa is survived by her three sons Kevin (Traci) Engel, Greg (Valerie) Engel, Jeff (Becky) Engel, Grandchildren Bret, Kristin, Danielle, Taylor, Kyle, Jacob, Hanna, Ashley, Connor, and Brooke, and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up in her name.
Pastor Paul Frederiksen
Bret Engel
Jacob Engel
Hanna Engel
Taylor Engel
Kyle Engel
Danielle Marks
Kristin Engel
Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 - 7:00P.M., Monday evening at the funeral home.
Pianist - Ray Meyer

"In The Garden"
by Cassie McCreary

Congregational Hymns:
"How Great Thou Art"
"On Eagle's Wings"
Meadow Township Cemetery
Rural Langdon, Iowa


Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 12:33 PM
“Our sincerest sympathies for your loss. We hope and pray that many blessing filled memories will ease the pain of the loss.

With out love,

The Dietz Family”
- Allan B. Dietz and Family
Monday, May 13, 2019 at 12:00 PM
“With sympathy to the family of Theresa. We remember her as such a gentle person. ”
- Dwayne Ginger Children
Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:54 AM
“Dear Jeff, Greg, and Kevin, I am so sorry for your loss. Theresa and I worked together a number of years at East Elementary Library. We enjoyed working together as a team. It was during these years that we were both busy raising our boys. Jeff you and Steve were good buddies and I so enjoyed your visits to our house. I remember your great sense of humor, you could brighten up anyones day! Theresa was proud of each of her boys. You made her happy by excelling in school work and activities. You will miss her. Remember her and all the beautiful memories of sharing life with her. You were blessed to have a Mom that so deeply loved you.”
- Gladys Drenkow
Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 12:40 PM
“My sympathy to the family-especially Kevin. Greg,and Jeff. Haven't seen some of you since your mother was in Iowa City hospital. I have known Terri since we attended Iowa State Teachers College. She was the best teaching aide I've ever had. We have walked many miles together. The last I visited her in Spencer we walked and had coffee together. I now live in Cedar Rapids and will be unable to attend services. My thoughts will be with you.”
- Eloise Heppler
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 3:33 PM
“Kevin, Greg and Jeff - I am so very sorry for your loss, but happy your mom is at peace and with those who love her in heaven. You're mom has always and will continue to hold a very special place in my heart. I love her so much. Mary Nielsen”
- Mary Nielsen
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 4:25 PM
“Kevin, Greg and Jeff cherish and remember all the good times you had with your Mom. Our Mom's were sisters and that's a bond that now they are sharing in Heaven. I'm sure my Mom is showing her the ropes in Heaven along with her brother's, sister's and Mom and Dad. Grandma and Grandpa Ginger now have their flock together. Love you all, please stay in touch with each other. Your cousin, Cindy”
- Cindy Dorniden
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