Dolores Paulsen Obituary

28 Apr

Dolores Paulsen, former Blue Lake resident, and friend to many on the lake, passed away in October.  Here is her obituary, as printed in the SouthTown Star:

Dolores Paulsen

Paulsen, Dolores Dorothy Age 82. Wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend, mentor, quilter, volunteer, restaurateur, realtor, and tireless dispenser of hospitality, love and compassion passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Park City, UT, surrounded by family on the afternoon of Monday, October 24. Dolores was born July 13, 1929, in Chicago Heights, Illinois to Herbert Francis and Alma Stelter Bruns. Raised in Chicago Heights and New Lenox, Dolores was known as “Red” for her long, flowing fire-red banana curls. She attended Haven School, Joliet Township High School, and the Joliet Junior College nursing program. Dolores left the nursing program to assist her parents with the family business, a small bar & grill started by Herb & Alma in 1941, the Bruns Restaurant, New Lenox, Illinois. Dolores married her longtime childhood friend, Robert W. Paulsen Sr, on May 14, 1949 and together they had three children: Robert (Connie), Donald (deceased), and Reva (Bob). In 1958, Dolores & Bob took over the ownership and management of the family restaurant. Over the next 35 years, they grew the business to a large supper club (with banquet facilities) and a bustling local favorite. Upon selling the restaurant & retiring in 1993, Dolores moved with Bob to the family lake property on Blue Lake in Minocqua, WI, and later in 2003 to their present home in Arbor Vitae, WI. In “retirement” Dolores became an active volunteer at Howard Young Medical Center, the Minocqua Chamber of Commerce, and for several years coordinated the local area’s American Cancer Society ‘s annual Daffodil Days fundraiser. She entered real estate as an agent to “help out a friend” and remained working part time in real estate (National Advantage, Northwoods Realty, Century 21 Greater Northwoods) until 2009. Her clients became her friends and extended family as her primary interest was always in helping others. Dolores’ hobbies included quilting (which she took up in retirement), reading, walking, flower gardening, volunteering at church, and generally helping others. She stitched love into her many quilts, always creating pieces for others. She “never got around to” making anything for herself. Dolores is survived by her: husband Bob; children Bob (Connie) and Reva (Bob Rauk): grandchildren (Kirsten, Anders, Alexandrea, Ane); great grandchild (Chase); cousins (Irv Ruder, Stan Bruns, Joseph Bruns), nephew Jim Bruns (Dody), and numerous other cousins, nieces & nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents (Herb & Alma Bruns), son (Donald David Paulsen), brother (William “Bill” Bruns), & nephew (Jeffery Bruns). Thank you to all of Dolores’ many friends, family, Pastor Steve, Huntsman Cancer Hospital physicians & teams, Salus Home Care providers, and Hearts for Hospice staff you kept her spirit and her faith strong throughout her yearlong fight against ocular melanoma. “Dolores was as beautiful a story as ever writtenwe keep it alive in our hearts.” Memorial services will be held in the Spring, details to be announced at a later date. Memorial donations can be made in honor of Dolores D. Paulsen to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation ( or the American Cancer Society( “As Dolores signed off in emails, which she did so well while on Earth: ‘Treasure Life’.”


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