Viola ‘Vi’ Paulson

March 11, 1921 — Aug. 23, 2014

Viola 'Vi' PaulsonViola Paulson (nee Anderson) of Waukesha passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at her home at the age of 93. Vi was born in Elroy, Wisconsin, on March 11, 1921. She was the daughter of Avery and Mabel Anderson (nee Olson). She graduated from Waukesha High School in 1938. Vi married the love of her life, Joseph Daniel Paulson, on October 21, 1939. Viola’s priorities in life were her family, her faith and her friends.

Vi will be dearly missed by her children, Nancy Lee Paulson, the Rev. Daniel Joseph (Kathleen) Paulson, Sharon Lynn (Michael) Casper and John Nels (Jane) Paulson; “other child,” Fred (Sandra) Nagao; grandchildren, Joseph Paulson, Sarah (Steve) Kovacic, Nathan (Ann) Johansen, Craig (Cristine) Casper, Anthony (Mame) Casper, Joseph Paulson, Victoria Paulson and Philip Paulson; “other grandchildren,” Brandon Paulson Villers, Damon (Bushra) Klein, Randie (Jeremy) Ota and Reid (Jayme) Nagao; great-grandchildren, Otelia Paulson, Robert and Lily Kovacic, Gunnar and Isabella Johansen, Colton, Caden and Cambell Casper; and her “other great-grandchildren,” Zain and Aila Klein, Taylor Ota and Tyler Nagao. She is also survived by her sisters, Avis (Jack) Bartelme, Carol Stache, Kathleen (Tom) Hunt and Donna Pasternock, and many nieces, nephews, loving relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Joseph Daniel; loving parents, Avery and Mabel Anderson; brothers Keith, Leonard, Lyle and infant Marvin Anderson; sister Geneva (Harold) Frank; and many Anderson and Paulson brothers- and sisters- in-law, nieces and nephews, cousins and other family and friends.

Viola was an active and devoted member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church from the time her family moved to Waukesha from Hustler while she was still in grade school until the time of her death. One of her longtime friends originally met her in Sunday school when they were children. She rejoiced in serving on numerous committees, participating in church circles, attending Bible studies and volunteering as a babysitter for young mothers’ children as they attended Bible classes. Over the years, she has been known as the Shaum Torte queen because of the many she made for church dinners. One of her favorite church activities was participating in Via de Cristo. She also worked with Via de Cristo’s teenage program and was designated by them the “TECH Grandma.” Vi loved Facebook because it allowed her to reconnect with many of the TECH youth she worked with. In later years, she delighted in visiting and taking Holy Communion to homebound parishioners, many of whom were longtime friends from church.

Vi worked at Waukesha Memorial Hospital as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) for 50 years earning her the distinction of being employed there more years than any other staff. She was very proud to have worked at Waukesha Memorial Hospital and truly loved her work and those she worked with. She repeatedly referred to them as family. She maintained a relationship with many over the years through a breakfast club that meets the first Monday of every month. Viola worked in all patient care areas of the hospital. She was willing and able to work where ever and whenever she was needed. Those in scheduling loved her and she them. While she worked throughout the hospital, she primarily worked in obstetrics during her first many years, then pediatrics, and finally in the ICU for the last 15 years of employment after graduating from the Critical Care Tech program and adding CCT to her credentials. Her long tenure at her job earned her the distinction of being recognized this year in the Waukesha Memorial Hospital’s 100th Anniversary Video and Celebration. She was selected to be one of the featured speakers in the hospital’s historical record video. She was thrilled but humble, and wanted to be sure her fellow retired nurses were also recognized and included as well. Viola’s hands and heart cared for many people over the years from time of birth, to children being hospitalized, during illness and injury, and finally as they were hospitalized during their end of life journey. She respected and truly cared for each of them and their loved ones.

Viola’s friendship extended to people of all ages. Even at 93 years young, her energy was unbelievable! She was always looking for something to do, whether it was maintaining her home in the Norwegian tradition, cooking for her family and friends, baking all different kinds of cookies, shopping for the best bargains, or most beloved of all, spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to travel and enjoyed extended vacations to visit her children in Nevada, North Dakota, Illinois and California. Some of her most enjoyable trips were to Norway with her daughters and sister Geneva to connect with family there.

Viola’s children, other family members and friends cared for her at home with the assistance of ProCare Hospice and Visiting Angels from the time of diagnosis on Mother’s Day until her death. Her children want others to know that it was an honor to care for their precious and loved Mom and to thank all who were so supportive and shared in this journey with them.

The first visitation for Vi will be held on Thursday, August 28, from 4:00 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. with a time for sharing at 7:00 P.M. at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The second visitation for Vi will be held on Friday, August 29, from 9:30 A.M. until the time of the 11:00 A.M. funeral service at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 300 Carroll St., Waukesha, WI 53186. The Rev. Kathy Boadwine will be officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha.

Memorials in Viola’s name are preferred to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (see address above) or Waukesha Memorial Hospital, c/o: Pro-Health Care Foundation, 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 262-542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary, or to leave a condolence, please visit