Obit: Dykstra, Paula Jane (1935 - 2009)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Dykstra, Bradbury,
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville,
Clark Co., WI.) August 5, 2009
Dykstra, Paula Jane (6 July 1935 - 27 July
Paula Jane Dykstra, 74, of St. Cloud, MN, died
July 27, 2009, in St. Cloud.
Paula was born to Pearl and Lewis Bradbury July
6, 1935, at Neillsville. She graduated from high school in
Lakefield, MN and attended Mankato State University. She
married Donald Dykstra at Lakefield Dec. 26, 1954, and they lived
in Jackson, Worthington and Marshall, MN; Milwaukee and Sheboygan;
and Dickinson, ND, before moving to St. Cloud.
Paula loved her family, her husband, children and
granddaughter and extended family with great care and enthusiasm.
She put similar love and enthusiasm into her varied work life, most
recently as a realtor and partner in Castle Realty. Paula
served her communities in a host of roles, including service as
worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star in Dickinson, ND,
and membership in the St. Cloud Chapter and the Shrine Hospital
Auxiliary. She served as a director on the Minnesota State
College and University Board.
Paula was a large and small "D" Democrat and
worked tirelessly for candidates and issues that mattered in the
lives of families locally and nationally. She was a Delegate
to the National Democratic Convention in 1984. Her local
passions bore fruit in work for victims of domestic violence, for
the homeless, for Habitat for Humanity and through a host of other
worthy causes. Paula was a member of First Presbyterian
Church of St. Cloud.
Paula was a swimmer as a young woman and was
recognized as the youngest person certified in Minnesota as a water
safety instructor. Paula enjoyed travel, golf, bridge and
cooking for countless family gatherings, including preparing her
signature mints for a niece’s wedding earlier in July.
A gifted singer, Paula could easily be lured into a medley of
Broadway show tunes or goofy songs to entertain children. She
treated her many nieces and nephews and children of friends as her
own. Her granddaughter, Grace, was her treasure. "Doing good"
was her guide to living each day.
Paula is survived by her husband, Don, St. Cloud;
her son, Brad (Trisha) Dykstra; granddaughter, Grace, of Anoka; her
daughter, Dana (Randy) Orr of Las Vegas; brothers, Al (Marty)
Bradbury of Golden Valley, John (Mary) Bradbury of Savannah, GA,
and Warren (Jackie) Bradbury of St. Cloud, as well as a host of
nieces, nephews, other family members and countless
A service of celebration was held July 30 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids, MN, and interment July 31, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
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