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|Elnora Mae "Elie" Zimmerman Paulson
September 23, 1929 – September 18, 2017
|Elnora Mae "Elie" Zimmerman Paulson, 87, died on Monday, September 18, 2017, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Elnora was born on September 23, 1929, at Olin and is the daughter of Mino G. and Sophia (Dirks) Zimmerman. She is survived by her three children, Shirley (Darrell) Kading, Honey Creek, Iowa, Denis (Barb) Paulson and Sherry (Mike) McGreevy, both of Anamosa, Iowa; grandchildren, Lisa Ferrer, Glen (Doris) Kading, Robert (Heather) Paulson, Denise (TJ) Nealson, Michelle (Derek) Weimer, Jon (Kelly) McGreevy, and nineteen great-grandchildren. She is also survived by countless relatives who will all mourn her passing.
Elnora Mae Zimmerman received her education in the Olin Consolidated Schools. On February 14, 1946, she married Robert Louis Paulson at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Olin while Bob was home on leave from the military. Bob returned to his duties and Elie lived with her mother-in-law, Wilma McGuire, in Chicago, Illinois. Upon Bob’s discharge from the service, they continued to live in Chicago until 1951 when they moved to farm north of Olin, where the couple raised their family.
While helping with the farm work, Elie also held several part time jobs. Along with Bob and her brother, George Zimmerman, she did custom bailing, hung wallpaper and worked at Collins Radio until taking a job at the Marion Circulation Company. She worked thirty-two years there, running circulation campaigns for small town weekly and bi-weekly newspapers all over the mid-west. She continued working after reaching retirement age before a move took her from the family farm to assisted living and later to the Monticello Nursing and Rehab Center in Monticello until her death.
Elie was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Olin for many years serving on the alter committee among other duties. Preceding her in death was her husband, Robert, in 2010, her parents, eleven brothers and sisters, one great-grandchild Mikayla Weimer, and many other relatives. Elie was the youngest of twelve children and the last remaining member of her immediate family. She will be missed by all who knew her, especially for her quick humor and jokes. No one was a stranger to Eli.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Goettsch Funeral Home is caring for Elie and her family.
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