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“We were saddened to hear of the passing of Aunt Pearl.We have many fond memories of Pearl and Chet.We used to stay with them during our summers...Read More »
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“I only recently got acquainted with Pearl through working at Good Samaritan. I immediately just felt a closeness to this quiet lady that would put...Read More »
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“Uncle David, Aunt LeAnn & family. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. ”
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Pearl Erna (Bonstead) Paulson, the daughter of Carl S. and Anna Marie (Peterson) Bonstead was born December 31, 1915, in Lost Island Township, Iowa. Pearl passed away Saturday, May 5, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Society in Estherville, Iowa, at the age of 96.

Pearl received her education in Lost Island Township School and at Graettinger, Iowa High School. On November 23, 1935, Pearl was united in marriage to Chester L. Paulson at her parent's home near Graettinger, Iowa. Following their marriage the couple farmed for 39 years south of Estherville, Iowa, where they raised their two sons.
Pearl was a faithful member of Wallingford Lutheran Church where she served as a Ladies Aid member, Circle leader/member, Sunday School Teacher and contributed many hours in the kitchen preparing for special occasions. Pearl loved helping with the farm work, gardening, sewing, cooking, and baking. She was a truly devoted Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother who always enjoyed visiting and entertaining the family. She and Chet traveled extensively, especially during the winter months to warm climates. Many lasting friendships developed during their travels. Attending the 1976 Winter Olympics in Montreal, Canada and a trip to Norway were highlights of these trips. Sports were a special interest for Pearl. One could always be sure to see Chet and Pearl Paulson at many of the local High School and Junior College games.
In 1974, Chet and Pearl moved from their farm to the town of Wallingford, Iowa. They became one of the first couples to move to the new Homestead Co-op located in Estherville, Iowa in 1995. Chester passed away on December 18, 1997. Pearl continued living at Homestead until June of 2008 when she relocated to the Good Samaritan Home in Estherville.
Left to cherish Pearl's memory are her son David and wife, LeAnn of Eden Prairie, Minnesota; daughter-in-law, Marty (Paulson) and husband, Fred Bergsrud of New Brighton, Minnesota; grandchildren include Nancy and husband John Pelegano of Glastonbury, Connecticut; Steven and his wife, Laurie Paulson of Kane, Pennsylvania; Kirstin and husband, Cory Kopp of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota; Annikka and her husband, Jimmy Strong of New Brighton, Minnesota; Jon Paulson of Minneapolis and Tory Paulson of Minneapolis. Great Grandchildren include Benjamin and Hannah Pelegano; Erin Paulson; Anabritta and Kellen Kopp; Bryanna, Leif and Mari Erickson; Emily Jacob and Becky Strong. A sister-in-law, Wilma Bonstead of Reno, Nevada. Several nieces and nephews, together with many friends. Marilyn Hanson, Shirley Schacherer, Lois Torreson and Sandy Sorbo were outstanding caregivers during the past few years at Homestead and the Good Samaritan Home.
Preceding Pearl in death were her parents; her loving husband, Chester; son, Wayne Paulson, December 3, 1993; brothers, Oral, Lyal and Carl Bonstead and sister, Mildred Jacobson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may given to the Good Samaritan Society for their ice cream machine.

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