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Norman "Jerry" Jerome Paulson

March 10, 1939 ~ January 1, 2019 (age 79)


Norman Jerome “Jerry” Paulson died suddenly Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at his home.

Jerry was born March 10, 1939 in La Crosse to Sylvia (Lanphear) and Norman Paulson. He grew up in Houston, MN and graduated from Houston H.S. in 1957. He married Ardyce Tranberg at Central Lutheran Church on December 28, 1968. He received a B.S. degree in Music in June 1961 and M.S. degree in Education with Music emphasis in August 1970 both from Winona State University. He taught instrumental music (band) at Dover-Eyota for thirty-four years. His bands as well as his solo and instrumental students received “A” ratings for many years.

Jerry’s passion was music performance. Jerry was an accomplished trumpet player and many people requested his talents at a wide variety of community functions as well as private events and parties throughout the years. He played first trumpet in the Rochester Symphony Orchestra for many years as well as the Rochester Park Band and Winona Gate City Jazz Band. He also played in the summer musicals for Home and Community Options. In his younger years, he played in various “Old Time” dance bands around the area when these bands were numerous.

He is an original member of Swing, Inc. which plays regularly at Signatures in Winona on Friday nights. He enjoyed playing golf until a couple of years ago. He was a former Westfield member. He especially enjoyed following his son, Brian’s golf during the years he played on junior high, high school, and college golf teams. He was a Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Twins fan.

Jerry is survived by his wife of fifty years, Arydce; son Brian (Kathryn) and two Wheaten Terrier granddogs, Milo and Lola, who he had become very attached to. He is also survived by a niece, Karen Rasmussen (Don) of Bellingham, Washington.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Allen and sister-in-law Oma Paulson of Bellingham, Washington.

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 7, 2019 at Central Lutheran Church of Winona at 12:00 noon with visitation starting at 10:00 until the time of service with Pastor Michael Short officiating. Burial will be at the Money Creek Cemetery in Houston, MN.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Lutheran Church, Winona.

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