Bertha Ruth Paulson, 98, of Escanaba, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at
the Bishop Noa Home. She was born on November 26, 1921, in Escanaba to
Timothy and Maude (Sayen) Curran. Bertha was the youngest of thirteen children
and the last to survive.
A life-long active member of St. Joseph Parish, she graduated as salutatorian
from St. Joseph High School in 1939. She married Paul D. Paulson on November
15, 1940, and together they raised seven children: Mary (Howard) Smale,
Coni (Allen) Shirk, Judy (Carl) Heinz, Carol (Steve) Davis, Paul (Dixie) Paulson,
Steven (Danelle) Paulson and Tim Paulson.
Bertha was a frequent community volunteer with over 25 years as a member
of the O.S.F St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary. She also assisted in community
fundraisers, taught CCD classes at St. Joseph Church, and during the monumental
task of caring for seven children, was an active volunteer in their activities.
She and Paul spent over 50 summers camping in the upper Midwest with family
and a wide circle of friends, and in their retirement traveled extensively in the U.S.
and Europe. Proud of her Irish heritage, her favorite trip was to Ireland, the
highlight of which was kissing the Blarney Stone.
A life-long lover of chocolate and an avid reader, Bertha often read very late
into the night. She enjoyed playing cards and board games, and for decades was a
member of a card-playing birthday club. Bertha also took great pride in
transforming her home for every season and holiday with her extensive collection
She was preceded in death by her husband on June 18, 1999 and grandson,
Paul Paulson III, on May 26, 2011. She is survived by her seven children, 13
grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, August 3 at 11:00 AM at the St. Joseph and St. Patrick Parish with Fr. Tim Ferguson officiating. Bertha will be laid to rest in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.
The Paulson family is being assisted by the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba.