Dorothy Ann Paulsen
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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.

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.

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Sorry to hear about Dorothy's passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you these days. It was wonderful to see Dorothy and Larry over on Big Spirit Lake a few summers back, to see her smile and laugh sparked memories of visiting Coleridge as a child.

Jeff Pfund and Family, Madison WI

I was very sad to hear of Dorothy's passing, I remember her and our families at times together as I grew up in Coleridge. My prayers to Larry, Monte, Kevin, Loren and Kayla and the rest of our family. I wish I could be there during this time. All my love and prayers from Montana are sent your way.

Robert Pfund and Family Baker, MT

Dorothy's dad was my cousin. As I was close to Dorothy in age, I have many child hood memories of playing and talking with Dorothy at the family gatherings. on behalf of the Dick and Maggie Engelbart Family, we express our sincere sympathy to the family.


We are sorry to hear of the loss of your wife, mother. grandma. Our sympathy and prayers for the family.

Doug and Mary Hahne, Hartington, NE

Kevin, Kay and I send our sympathy for the loss of your mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Praying for safe travels for your family.

Wilbur & Kay Garrett

Larry and family -

So sorry to hear of Dorothy's death - our thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.

Bruce and Kathy Waddell, Draper, UT

Our deepest sympathy to the Paulsen Family. Our prayers are with you at this sad time.

Bill and Jean Yates

Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Dorothy was always so full of joy and was a really great person. She will be missed by all who knew her in any way.

Daryle and Linda Milbrath

We were so sad to hear of the passing of Dorothy. She was such a kind lady so warm and welcoming to my son John and I when we visited the family. To the family you are in our hearts and prayers, God bless and comfort you.

The Neal family

Very sad to hear of Dorothy's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her whole family. She was my classmate in high school and a very good person.

Kathy & Terry Janssen - Ft. Myers, FL

We are sorry for the loss of Dorothy. While Martin and I hadn’t had the pleasure of meeting her, we have heard such wonderful stories from Kayla. She sounded like an amazing woman with an amazing family. Our prayers are with you all.

Dani Lawson

Kevin we are thinking of you and your family. Praying that the Holy Sprit will fill your hearts with grace, peace and comfort that can only come from God. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him and he shall direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6

Mike and Vickie Fordham, Eastman, Ga

Larry, I was so sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Carol Hart

May your family find comfort as "the hearer of prayer" embraces their heart.(Psalms 93:19) Lean on one another for strength and encouragement to stay strong during this most difficult time.

Desiree Sigler

Kevin, I am broken-hearted for you and your family. Hang on to the good times you had with your mom and know that she loved you dearly. Everytime you get on your motorcycle or snowmobile know that she will be with you. Thinking of you all during this difficult time!

Sandy Sage

Larry, I was so sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Carol Hart

Our deepest sympathy to Dorothy's family, please know you're in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

Bob & Linda Behrens

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Dorothy was a wonderful woman.

Janet Newton

Our sympathy to your family. Prayers being said for all.

Roger & Barb Sudbeck

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