Gladys E. Paur 1926-2018

Gladys E. Paur

Gladys E. Paur, 92, a former town of Browning resident, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 at Aspirus Care and Rehab, Medford, where she had resided for almost three years, most recently under the care of Hope Hospice. Services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville, with Rev. Richard Russow officiating. Visitation took place from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford, and also at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday. Interment took place at Evergreen Cemetery, Medford. Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons, Tyler and Brayden Paur, Adam Smith and Josh, Connor and Zach Wierschke.
Gladys was born on March 24, 1926, one of nine children of William and Bertha (Richwalski) Brecke in the township of Deer Creek near Stetsonville. She attended Pleasant Valley Elementary School in the town of Deer Creek and was a 1943 graduate of Dorchester High School. She attended a secretarial school in Madison for six months. Gladys returned to the Medford area and was employed at the County Superintendent of Schools office. After the death of her mother in 1945, Gladys took a leave of absence to be at home to help with housekeeping and the care of her younger siblings. She returned to her job after several months. On June 12, 1948, Gladys married Emil C. Paur at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Stetsonville and he preceded her in death on Nov. 5, 2015.
Together they raised six children on the Paur dairy farm near Gad in the town of Browning. Gladys enjoyed gardening, quilting and was an excellent seamstress. She was a lifetime member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville, along with its Ladies Aid. She was active in Sunny Hill Homemakers group of Gad and assisted with the Gad Go Getters 4-H Club. She also was a town of Browning poll worker at many elections.
Gladys is survived by her children, Starla (Jerry) Siegmann of Milwaukee, Bryan (Carol) Paur of Menomonie, Mitchell Paur and Jill (David) Smith, all of Medford, Leslie (Carol) Paur, Delavan and Cynthia (Mark) Wierschke of West Salem; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and sisters, Annabelle Holme of New Berlin, Elva (Norman) Larson of Waupaca; and sisters-in-law, Sharon Brecke of Owen and Helen Hirsch of Delavan.
In addition to her husband and parents, Gladys was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Vernon Brecke, Myron Brecke, Audrey Vircks, Stella Brecke, Myrtle Bedroske, and Mary Ann Brecke in infancy.
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