Sister Mary Ellen Paulson, O.P., 92, died at Siena Center, Racine, WI on Monday, August 17. Catherine Ann was born April 8, 1928, to Norman and Margaret E. (nee: Brown) Paulson in Milwaukee, WI.
On September 7, 1947, she joined the Racine Dominicans and at her reception in 1948, she was provided the spiritual name Sister Mary Ellen. She professed her very first pledges in 1950 and her last promises in 1956.
Sibling Mary Ellen invested several years in service to others as a teacher and principal. She started her ministry in 1950 at St. Mary, Janesville, WI. Other places in Wisconsin where she served were St. Edward, Racine; Holy Name, Kimberly; St. Sebastian, Sturtevant; St. Augustine, Wausaukee; St. Bernard, Madison; St. John, South Milwaukee; St. Andrew, Knowles; Beloit Catholic High School, Beloit; St. Mary, Tomah; SS. Peter and Paul and Hill and Dale Day Care, Pewaukee; and Metro Milwaukee Area Public Schools. From 1974-1978, she was the assistant superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Gaylord, MI. From 1981-1983, she acted as a school psychologist for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. For many years she was the President of the West Allis Public Library Board of Trustees. She became a local at Siena Center in June 2017.
Sis Mary Ellen is made it through by the Racine Dominican Sisters, Associates, many good friends; her bros Duane (Carol) Paulson and Kenneth (Katherine) Paulson; her brother-in-law Joseph Lehosky; her sister-in-law Wilda; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; and her bros James and Harold and infant bro Kieran and sis Norma Lehosky.
Due to Covid-19 limitations, a personal Remembering Service at 1 p.m. followed by a personal Mass of Christian Burial at 2:30 p.m. will be held in the Siena Center Chapel on Monday, August 24. Interment will take place at a later date at Holy Cross Cemetery Hwy 32. Memorials to the Racine Dominican Mission Fund have actually been suggested.