MaryAnn Paulsen May 18, 1932 – Nov. 6, 2020

MaryAnn Paulsen

      Mary Ann Paulsen, age 88, died Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids following a brief illness.
Private family services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 at Scotch Grove Presbyterian Church with internment in the Wyoming Cemetery. Pastor Frank Shepard officiated at the services. Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello has taken Mary Ann and her family into their care. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to be used for youth music development.

      Surviving are three sons, Ned Paulsen and Nick (Marla) Paulsen both of Scotch Grove, Chris (Susan) Paulsen of Bellevue, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and her sister-in-law, Sara Paulsen. She was preceded in death by her parents, two infant sons, Dan and Dennis, her husband, Ron and two sisters, Doris Hartwig and Carmen Miehe.

      Mary Ann Ingwersen was born May 18, 1932 at Wyoming, Iowa. She was the daughter of August and Hilda Ahrendsen, Ingwersen. Mary Ann started school in Wyoming and graduated from the Olin High School in 1949. She married Ronald Paulsen June 17, 1950 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Olin, Iowa. The couple farmed near Scotch Grove and Mary Ann also taught piano lessons as well as being a farm wife. For over 60 years she was the church organist at the Scotch Grove Presbyterian Church. She was the type of quiet, hardworking farm wife many Iowans know, skilled at cooking and baking, growing produce for canning and freezing. Her Christmas breakfast date cakes and Easter hot cross buns were unsurpassed. Her fingers worked magic in bread dough!

      An accomplished pianist, she volunteered endless hours at church and schools sharing her creativity in every music venue. Her love of music lives on in her grandchildren, and the many students she taught and coached. Even in dementia, Debussy flowed from her fingertips. Rest peacefully now, Mary Ann, in the arms of all those who wait for you.


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