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Laurel J. Paulson, age 92 of Clear Lake, WI, died early on Friday morning, December 14, 2012 at the Amery Regional Medical Center.

Laurel June Paulson was born on June 3, 1920, in Forest Township, WI, the daughter of George and Evalina (Kuhn) Matter. She grew up in the Clear Lake area, attended Woodland Elementary School and graduated from Clear Lake Union Free High School in 1940. On August 5, 1944, Laurel was married to Paul Arden Paulson at the Forest United Methodist Church and together they farmed in the Clear Lake area for many years and raised four children, Cheryl, Karen, Craig, and Paul. Over the years, Laurel had been an active member at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church, acting at various times as treasurer and secretary with the ladies aid. She was also an active member of the Clear Lake VFW Ladies Auxiliary and in her spare time enjoyed gardening. Laurel loved visiting and being with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had been a resident of Willow Ridge in Amery for the past year and will be sorely missed by all that knew her.

Laurel is preceded in death by her husband Arden Paulson; daughter, Karen Wittstock; daughter-in-law, Caron Paulson; her parents, George & Evalina Matter; brothers, Lorne, Earl, Kenneth, & Curtis Matter; & sister, Elburta Wienke.

She is survived by daughter & sons: Cheryl (Vern) Andren – Madison, WI, Craig (Diane) Paulson – Clear Lake, WI, Paul Paulson – Clear Lake, WI; son-in-law Ron Wittstock – New Richmond, WI; grandchildren Michele Wittstock – New Richmond, WI, Jodi (Greg) Grimm – Amery, WI, Michael (Sarah) Paulson – Eau Claire, WI, Kristen (Dan) Schoepke – Madison, WI, David Shelly) Andren – Madison, WI, Kathryn (Kevin) Dustin – Madison, WI, Brianna Paulson – Clear Lake, WI, Megan (Dave) Burlingame – St. Paul Park, MN; 7 great-grandchildren: Connor Grimm, Jacob Schoepke, Evan Schoepke, Eli Burlingame, Noah Burlingame, Ella Jean Paulson, Jackson Dustin; brother and sisters: Delver Matter – New Richmond, WI, Margaret (Dale) Tulgren – Casa Grande, AZ, Violet (Ralph) Rothe – Bayport, MN;  sisters-in-law: Mary (Clarence) Francis – Minneapolis, MN, Irene Paulson – Clear Lake, WI, Doris Matter – St. Paul Park, MN, Ann Matter – Wilson, WI, Barbara Matter – New Richmond, WI; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held at United Methodist Church, Clear Lake, WI on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 11 A.M., with  Rev. Jayneann Gagner officiating.  Brian Wick provided music and casketbearers were David Andren, Dave Burlingame, Gene Matter, Jeff Matter, Michael Paulson, Scott Tulgren. Interment was at Clear Lake Cemetery, Clear Lake, WI

Scheuermann Funeral Home – Clear Lake, WI handled the arrangements.