Edith Paulsen Obituary

Edith R. Paulsen
Edith Paulsen
Edith R. Paulsen

October 14, 1920 - April 30, 2020
Born in Denmark
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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Edith R. Paulsen of Des Moines and Johnston passed away peacefully at MercyOne Johnston Hospice House on Thursday, April 30, 2020. She was 99 years old.

Edith was also known as “Farmor”, was born on October 14, 1920 to Ingeborg and Peter Christoffersen in Nykobing Sjaelland, Denmark. She was the oldest of three children. After graduation from school she moved to Copenhagen and worked as a waitress in Tivoli Gardens during the German occupation of Denmark during the second world war. It was here that she met her future husband, Svend Paulsen. They were married in 1945 and their son, Kenneth was born in 1947.

In 1954, the family immigrated to the United States and settled in Des Moines, Iowa. Edith and Svend were divorced in 1959 (the same year she and her son became US citizens). Edith’s work career began by going to AIB to study accounting (she was good with numbers). After which she worked for G.W. Onthank Co., Younkers, Armstrong Tire and Rubber Co. And Super Valu - Des Moines District office retiring in 1985.

Over the years, she cultivated a wide circle of friends from her work, community, Danish organizations, and her church.

Edith is survived by her son, Kenneth Paulsen; grand-daughter, Anne Sitrick and her great-grandchildren, Jakobe and Callie Sitrick. She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sisters, Gunhild and Bente, and her daughter-in-law, Jane.

Per Edith’s wishes, no services will be held. She desired to be cremated and her ashes returned to Denmark.

The family wishes to thank the staff of MercyOne Johnston Hospice House for providing Mom with the best of care and loving environment for death with dignity.

Memorial contributions may be directed toward: The Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn, Iowa and Luther Memorial Church, Des Moines, Iowa.

Arrangements by Iles Westover Chapel




Funeral Home
Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322


Luther Memorial Church
1201 Grandview
Des Moines, IA 50316
The Museum of Danish America
2212 Washington Street
Elk Horn, Iowa United States 51531