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home : obituaries : obituaries November 24, 2015

4/16/2013 10:47:00 AM
Gerald A. 'Jerry' Paulsen

Gerald A. "Jerry" Paulsen, 89, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Edina on Friday, April 5, 2013.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 10, at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. Memorials are preferred to Mount Olivet Lutheran Church or to the charity of the donor's choice.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years Shirley; daughters Charlotte (Robert) Shadduck of Annandale, LuAnn (Brian) Cornell of Minnetonka, and Cheryl (Peter) Sullivan of Edina; grandchildren Melissa (Jonathan) Schaefer, Kristin (Marc) Fahey, Amy (Jim) Miller, Adam (Aubrey) Cornell, Sarah (Joel) Ihrie, Allison (Ted) Bickel, Brett Cornell, Kelly Sullivan, Monica Sullivan (fiancé Max Hintz), Michael Sullivan; nine great-grandchildren; nephews Kenneth (Diane) Lund, Jerry Brunskill, and niece Victoria Brunskill.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Kitty (Damuth) and Arnold Paulsen; and sister, June Brunskill.

Jerry was born on May 1, 1923, in Minneapolis and graduated from South High School in 1941 where he was awarded a scholarship to the Minneapolis School of Business. His education was interrupted by his service in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he fought with the 69th Infantry Division. Jerry married Shirley Ann Lund on June 15, 1946. In 1947, he joined the Grandview Market in Edina working part-time as a butcher while he completed his degree in business from the University of Minnesota. In 1950, he opened Jerry's Lucky Dollar near the site of the current Jerry's Foods store and corporate offices. From these humble beginnings, Jerry's Foods has grown to today's expansive corporation that consists of 37 stores including Cub, County Markets, Save-a-Lot, and Jerry's Foods, as well as various other commercial and real estate interests. He was active for many years with the Zurah Shrine, Edina Rotary, Salvation Army and the United Way. Jerry spent much of his time in the summer at his hobby farm on Clearwater Lake near Annandale, where he enjoyed playing tennis with his family, golfing, walking, and tending to his extensive flower beds and gardens. He spent many winters at his home on Sanibel Island, Florida. He had a special place in his heart and on his lap for his beloved dog, Charlie. No matter where he was, Jerry enjoyed and appreciated all aspects of food and its preparation. Above and beyond all of his other interests, Jerry was most happy when he was surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and he took great pride in their accomplishments.

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