Dolores Agnes Sitzmann was born April 26, 1920, on the family farm in Lincoln Township to John Joseph and Mary Jane (Connor) Sitzmann. Dolores was the youngest of 14 children.
She attended and graduated from St. Joseph Catholic High School in Le Mars and then continued her education at Westmar College in Le Mars where she received her teaching certificate.
Dolores was united in marriage with Carl Paulson Dec. 6, 1943, at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.
During Carl's career in the Navy, they lived in several cities across the country.
The couple was blessed with one son, Tom. When Tom was a young boy, the family settled in Le Mars.
Dolores was a lifelong member of St. James Catholic Church where she was a member of the altar society and Catholic Daughters. She enjoyed helping other people and was a frequent volunteer at the community homes for the elderly as well as the peer program for those who were seriously ill.
Dolores also loved to travel. She visited every state as well as several foreign countries.
She is survived by a son, Tom Paulson and his wife, Linda of Vermillion, S.D., and a granddaughter, Margaret Paulson of Chicago, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Joseph and Mary Jane (Connor) Sitzmann; her husband, Carl Paulson who died Jan. 24, 1985; a grandson, Michael Collamer Paulson, who died Aug. 16, 2000; and 13 brothers and sisters.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. James Catholic Church, Le Mars, with the Rev. Matt Hewitt officiating. Interment will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery-Neptune, rural Hinton. Visitation with the family present will be after 5 p.m. Thursday at the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home of Le Mars. There will be a 6:30 p.m. parish rosary followed by a 7 p.m. scriptural wake service Thursday at the funeral home. Visitation will continue Friday morning at the church from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers will be Dave Miller, Craig Bauerly, Gary Sitzmann, Steve Paulson, George Taylor, and David Sitzmann.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.