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When a loved one passes away, we cry because of our sorrow and loss, but most of all we cry because of our gratitude that we were fortunate to have been given the gift of an incredible person who touched our lives. Paula Kluge Erich is the source of our gratitude. Sometimes angel, often rascal, an enthusiastic childlike demeanor complemented with the wisdom of a mentor, mother of many, effervescent as champagne and as changeable as the "Sirocco winds.

Born to a family of six siblings, Paula's parents were of Viennese, Austrian heritage. She was born on June 17, 1917, on Milwaukee, Wisconsin's east side. Paula received her B.A. at UWM in 1939 and subsequently her Master's degree from Marquette University. She was an elementary school teacher for 14 years in the Milwaukee Public School system where she met and married a fellow educator, and later Principal, "Howard Erich in 1950. Paula retired in 1953 to raise their daughter Christine and to devote herself to community service. Her litany of contributions include the following:

WWII Red Cross worker, Samuel Clemens PTA President, St. Peter's Lutheran Church Bible School Superintendent & Choir member, Girl Scout leader, Mcfadyen Music Club member. She was docent for the Pabst Mansion, served on the Wauwatosa Mayor's council for the elderly, a member of the Wauwatosa Woman's Club and Wauwatosa Music Club.

Paula was a voracious reader with a fervor for knowledge, enjoyed gardening and took many classes including ceramics. She traveled extensively worldwide with her family and with her husband, Howard, spent over 25 winters at their home in Green Valley, AZ.

In Arizona, Paula was a member of the Green Valley Women's Club and G.V. University Club. Paula enjoyed her golden years at Prestige Assisted Living where she was the President of the Resident's council and reporter/biographer of the Prestige newsletter.

On February 21, 2013, Paula left many friends, nieces & nephews, as well as her daughter Christine, son-in-law Steve Wandrey and Granddog Nikko. We send her to heaven with our love and thankfulness that she was one of the brightest stars in the tapestry of our lives. Contributions in her name would be welcome to

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Samoyede Rescue

PO Box 128

Milwaukee, WI 53201

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Mar. 10, 2013
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