Paula Belle (Matthews) Rissman
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Paula Belle (Matthews) Rissman

Urbandale - Paula Belle (Matthews) Rissman finished her earthly pilgrimage peacefully on May 17, 2020. She lived all 92 years in Iowa. Born in Union County, she graduated from North High School in Des Moines in 1944, and attended Drake University before beginning her work at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. She married Lawrence W. Rissman in 1950 and raised 3 children: L. Jeffrey Rissman (Susie) of Clive, Loree Miles (David) of Dallas Center and Jon P. Rissman (Cherie)of Urbandale. She had 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Paula was passionate about her North High School classmates, was a founding member of Douglas Avenue Presbyterian Church, loved vacations at Lake Okoboji and their home at Sun Valley Lake, never saw a baby she didn't love, was a voracious reader, argued politics with anyone who would dare, had high standards for her children, was crazy about her grandkids and was disappointed that her physical limitations in her later years made it difficult for her to enjoy her great grandkids.

Paula made moving a sport in her later years. She moved 11 times since 2010 because she liked new places and new faces. She spent the last few years at Deerfield Retirement Center in Urbandale. Her family celebrates her life and all the love and support she provided them. Go in Peace, Paula!

In addition to her children and their spouses, she is survived by her sisters, Sherrill Bain and Wanda Bechtel both of Urbandale, grandchildren Jennifer (Ryan) French, Minneapolis (Tilda and Margo), Annie (Andy) Pezalla of Minneapolis (Owen and Jack), Rebecca (Matt Siegel)Rissman of Naperville (Zoe and Lena), Erik (Laurine) Raker of Des Moines (Maddy and Lilly) , Mike (Jennifer Cruz) Raker of Charlottesville, VA ( Ella), Robbie Rissman, Urbandale and Jessica Rissman, Urbandale.

Paula will join her husband of 64 years in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter. A memorial service will be announced when it is possible to gather. The family wants to thank the incredible staff at Deerfield Retirement Center for their loving care of Paula. And to Mary Lou Hopkins we will be ever grateful for your friendship and care of our mother.

Paula desired memorials go to Scholarships for 2020 graduates of North High School. Please direct gifts to North High School, 501 Holcomb Ave. Des Moines, IA 50313 - please indicate Paula Rissman Scholarship Fund.

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Published in the Des Moines Register from May 19 to May 20, 2020.
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May 22, 2020
My parents, John and Doris Brock, were friends with Paula and Larry for years. We all were members of Douglas Avenue Presbyterian Church. Mom loved Paula so much! I recall talking with Paula on numerous occasions. She was incredibly bright; I really enjoyed our visits.
Mom and Dad are welcoming her in heaven. It is so hard to say good-bye to our parents. I am always reminded by a dear friend that they remain in our hearts forever.
God bless.
With love,
Paula Brock McManus
Paula McManus
May 22, 2020
June 1944 North High Graduation
The halls of North High are diminished with Paula's passing. Prayers and thoughts to her family and friends. Paula personally was a loyal and faithful friend of mine for many years. She and I worked arduously to maintain her North High 1944 online class records. Thank you, Paula, for your friendship and candid and continuing inputs. Paula's 1944 North High class page:
Claradell Shedd
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