Services will be Monday, Aug. 25, at 1:30 p.m. at First Covenant Church, 3303 41st St., Moline. Friends also may greet the family from 11 a.m. until the service begins. Following the service, friends and family also are invited to attend the burial at National Cemetery on Arsenal Island, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony's Continuing Care Center or the Alzheimers Association.
Virgene Ilene Paulsen was born in Waterloo, Iowa, on Sept. 13, 1933, to Earl and Gleo Mae Ham Erbe. On Aug. 22, 1953, in Waterloo, she married Herbert Klint Paulsen, who survives. They met at the Big-T grocery store where they both worked, and have now celebrated 61 years of marriage.
Virgene was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She worked at the Montessori School in Moline for 11 years, and retired in 1991. She was a librarian and found great joy in reading stories to the children. One of her favorite pastimes was shopping for books to share with her students and grandchildren. She was a longtime member of First Covenant Church in Moline, where she sang with the choir and was devoted to her Bible study. She spent many hours playing her piano. She enjoyed all music and sang for many years with the Sweet Adelines. One of her social events was Bunco with her girlfriends.
In addition to her husband, survivors are daughters, Kathryn Potts, of Bettendorf, and Rhonda Paulsen, of Holly Springs, N.C.; son, David Paulsen, of Moline; sister, Earlene Hein, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; grandchildren, Jessica (Scott) Williamsen, Justin (Mandy) Potts, Molly Ren and Jack Ren; and great-grandchildren, Alexis and Addison Potts.
The family wishes to share a special thank you to the caregivers and family at St. Anthony's Continuing Care Center, where Virgene resided with her husband, and Herb continues to reside.
Online condolences may be sent at wendtfuneralhome.com.
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