Virgene Paulsen

Posted Online: Aug. 23, 2014, 9:03 pm
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Virgene Paulsen, 80, of Rock Island, went home to be with our Lord on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at UnityPoint Trinity in Rock Island, surrounded by her family.
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.
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1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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