Edelgard Paul
Edelgard Paul
  • September 21, 1941 - May 22, 2017
  • The Villages, Florida

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Edelgard (Krebs) Paul, beloved widow of Donn Paul, died May 22 following a brief illness. She was born September 21, 1941 in Mainz, Germany. The youngest of six children, Edelgard grew up in the reconstruction of post-war Germany, demonstrating early on the positive and tireless perseverance that defined her life.

In the 1980s, Edelgard traveled occasionally to

St. Marys, Ohio to visit with her beloved cousin, Zita Bidwell. During one

visit, Edelgard met the love of her life, Donn Paul. A widower with three grown

sons, Donn was charmed by Edelgard’s warmth and compassion. She restored his

love of life and the couple wed in 1985. She and Donn sailed their beloved

Grand Lake in Celina, Ohio and traveled around the world. Together, they moved

from the cold winters of Ohio to the perpetual sunshine of the The Villages in

2007. In this new community, they enjoyed the warmth of friends, both new and

old, and retained their love of sailing by serving as members in The Ohio Club

and The Sailboat Club until Donn passed in 2012. Edelgard will be deeply

missed. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donn; parents, Phillip and

Margareta Krebs; and siblings, Otmar, Heinrich, Hans, and Marga. She is

survived by her sister, Elli (Fred) Rapp of Heidesheim, Germany; her cousin,

Zita Bidwell of St. Marys, Ohio; her three step-sons Mike (Karen) Paul of Santa

Monica, California, David (Dorothy) Paul of New York, and Eric (Sally) Paul of

Ann Arbor, Michigan; her step-granddaughter, Davita Paul of Santa Monica; and

numerous extended family members in Germany.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations

be made to a charity of one’s choosing.