Mercedes Paulsen

Mercedes Paulsen Died: April 26, 2014; in Peoria Mercedes Paulsen, 94, passed away peacefully on the 26th of April, 2014 at the Bickford House in Peoria. She was born Mary Mercedes Shields on a farm in Alden Township, to Michael and Hannah Shields. Her family moved to Harvard when she was 5, where her father started an oil retail business. She was preceded in death by her husband (1980), Lyle F. Paulsen, whom she married in June, 1946. She is also, preceded in death by her two brothers, Joseph Shields and Father Thomas Shields, S.J. and a sister, Dorothy Shields. She is survived by her three sons, Dr. J. Kevin (Pam) Paulsen M.D. of Peoria, James (Kathy) Paulsen of Victoria, MN and, Tom (Stephanie) Paulsen of Woodstock; she is also survived by four grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. She attended Mundelein College and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in English in 1942. She taught school in Libertyville for a few years after graduation. After she married, she taught at St. Mary's and the public school system in Woodstock. She lived, with her husband, on a 400 acre farm located in Hartland Township until July, 2001. The farm was sold to the McHenry County Conservation District as her husband and she wished. She was active in many civic organizations: the Kishwaukee Valley Garden Club; Woodstock Fine Arts and several book and investment clubs. She served on the McHenry County Foundation Board from 1993 to 1998. After taking all the French language courses at MCC, she, with her teacher, established an independent French literature study course. Her favorite pastime was reading and bridge. She traveled extensively to places such as, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and of course, throughout France. One of her favorite places to visit in the world was Ireland, which was the place her grandparents left for America. A Memorial Mass will be held in May of 2014 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Woodstock. The family will receive friends prior to the service at the church. Contact the Funeral Home for complete details. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Friends of the McHenry County College Foundation, 8900 US Highway 14, Crystal Lake, IL 60012; or to the Central Illinois Chapter of the . For complete information call the Schneider Leucht Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338-1710 or visit the website at

Funeral Home

Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home
1211 North Seminary Avenue Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 338-1710
Published in the Northwest Herald on Apr. 30, 2014