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Born: Sat., Apr. 7, 1951
Died: Sat., Apr. 27, 2013


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Location: Columbia City United Methodist Church

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10:00 AM Fri., May 03, 2013
Location: Columbia City United Methodist Church

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Charlotte Christine "Chris" Paulus, age 62, of Columbia City, IN passed away at 11:16 a.m. on Saturday April 27,2013, at her residence.  Born on April 7, 1951 in Huntington, IN she was the daughter of William Charles Kelsey and Vivian Charlotte (Bodey)Stotts.

Charlotte grew up in Huntington and moved to Whitley County in 1967.  She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1970.  Chris attended the Practical Nursing Program, Class of 1977, receiving her LPN., and later received an Associate Degree in Applied Science - Nursing obtaining her RN in 1991. On January 23, 1971 she married Lawrence Bernarr Paulus at Jefferson Chapel United Methodist Church.  She worked as a L.P.N.C. at Whitley Memorial Hospital, Columbia City for 14 years; a registered nurse since 1992 for House Call Home Health Care; Heartland Hospice from June 1998-2003 and from 2003 - 2009, she has worked for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home serving the Fort Wayne and surrounding counties.  Cancer treatment put her into retirement, yet Chris continued to volunteer for Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home during that time.  She is a member of Columbia City United Methodist Church where she served as a pre-school board member, a former Sunday School teacher and a Tabatha Circle member of United Methodist women. She is a member of the Columbia City American Legion Post #98 Auxiliary. She served on the Community Christmas Committee.

Survivors include her husband, Lawrence Bernarr Paulus of Columbia City; sons William Daniel (Arlinda) Paulus of Columbia City and Nicholas Andrew (Desiree) Paulus of Fort Wayne; father, William Charles (Sue) Kelsey of Huntington; mother, Vivian Charlotte (Bodey) Stotts of Columbia City; brothers, Charles  L.(Vicki) Kelsey of North Manchester, Cary Dean (Betty) Kelsey of Elkhart; sisters, Mary Susan (Dan) Riccius of North Manchester, Shirley  M. (Charles) Fox of Indianapolis, Sharon Kay Lee of Fort Wayne, Amy Lou (Bob) Blake of Vincennes; 4 grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Larry Allen Kelsey; sister, Viola V. Moore.

Visitation will be held on Thursday May 2, 2013, from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday May 3, 2013 at Columbia City United Methodist Church, 605 N. Forest Parkway, with calling one hour prior to service. Pastor David Arnold officiating. Burial will follow at Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne.  Memorial gifts may be given in memory of Mrs. Paulus to Columbia City United Methodist Church or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home.  

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Randy Grimes
   Posted Mon April 29, 2013
May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will walk beside you in your journey of grief.

Randy Grimes and the Staff of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home

Eileen Cleary
   Posted Mon April 29, 2013
Dear Ones, You have my deepest sympathy for Charlotte. She was so sweet and a lovely lady and she will be missed. I wish I could be there with you. May God comfort you during this time of sorrow. Hug one another for me. Sent with much love and prayers. Eileen

   Posted Mon April 29, 2013
May God give you strenght in this time of grief and fond memories of
Charlotte Christine Kelsey Paulus, CCHS Alumni class of 1970. The Alumni of CCHS extends sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to "Chris"

Robin R. Plasterer
   Posted Mon April 29, 2013
Oh dear family of Chris. She is the most beautiful person and friend. I enjoyed her friendship all of my life and she helped encourage me to quilt and sew everyday. Her love of sewing helped her grandchildren have such cute outfits. What a treasure Chris is and will always be remembered for such love for her family and friends. She was the true meaning of Caring! I'm so sorry for your loss. Chris will me missed forever in my life.

Dorothy Bumbaugh
   Posted Mon April 29, 2013
Larry and family. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.. My prayers are with you..

Angela Chritz
   Posted Mon April 29, 2013
Chris was one of the many positive things to happen in the lives of many people, both in her community and even across states..Her kind heart and her generous spirit are a tribute to the the of Her Lord... She was truly a Proverbs 31 woman.. Though our Father decided to ease her pain and make her an Angel- she will be missed..

Mr.&Mrs.Edward J Reidt
   Posted Mon April 29, 2013
To Larry and the Kids , I am Deeply sadden to here this , May God lay his conferting Hands on you and your hole Family at this great time of sorrow be Blessed with the knowlage that Chris is in heaven with the Lord looking down on you all . love Ed and Marlene Reidt

Christina Weigold Schilling
   Posted Tue April 30, 2013
My sincere sympathy to you at the loss of Chris. She was such an inspiration. Years ago, Chris asked if she could put sign language to one of the songs that I had written. It was such an honor to be asked and then to see the song come to life in such a beautiful way was simply amazing. She had such a wonderful talent and used it to help others. I'm sure the Lord dellighted in her kindness. May she rest in the wonderful hands of our Lord.

Kevin and Julie Macy and family
   Posted Tue April 30, 2013
Larry and family -- our hearts are at the same time saddened and uplifted, knowing that Chris has passed into Jesus' arms. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time.

Kevin, Julie, and family

Mike Hoppe
   Posted Tue April 30, 2013
Bill, Nick, Larry, and Vivian; my prayers are with you as you go through the loss of a mom, wife and daughter. Please know that you are in my thoughts.

Luana Walker
   Posted Tue April 30, 2013
I met Chris through work on an Emmaus Walk. She was a wonderful example of a Christian servant. May God grant you comfort and strength during this time of grief, and peace as you remember she is with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Aleta J Koch and family
   Posted Tue April 30, 2013
Larry and family, thinking of you during this time. Know that God is present and holding you close. Praying for peace and comfort at this time.

Dick Uhen
   Posted Wed May 01, 2013
My condolences to the family. I knew Chris through Hospice Home and Camp Janee'. I volunteered at the Camp and did Healing Touch for her there. She was upbeat while fighting. My prayers are for her and your family.

Theresa Judy-Dailey
   Posted Wed May 01, 2013
Larry and family...you are all in my prayers during this time of loss. Charlotte was a most wonderful person. She had a heart full of kindness and concern for others in this world and I was honored to work with her for so many years. My God bring you a sense of peace during this hard time.

Ted & Kay Hurley
   Posted Wed May 01, 2013
We didn't know Mrs. Paulus personally, but want her family to know what an inspiration and angel she was to us, not once, but twice. She was the nurse assigned to us when our Dad and brother-in-law were using Hospice Care at home. She was a great comfort to all of us and was so sincere and helpful. We have never seen such a dedicated nurse and it clearly showed in her words, actions and deeds. God has a very special place in Heaven for Chris. She was genuine in every way. It was our pleasure to have known her. Thank you and God bless you for sharing her life.

Mary Miller
   Posted Wed May 01, 2013
Chris was such a special friend and a wonderful Tabitha sister. She sponsored me to my Emmaus walk and supported me when I lost my husband. I know she is looking down on all of you who are left behind. In a twinkling of an eye we will all join her in heaven. May God bless you, Larry and family. May he strengthen you daily.

Ann Carr
   Posted Wed May 01, 2013
Chris touched so many lives, the ripples will go on for years to come. We will all miss her this side of heaven but the God of heaven along with all the saints are celebrating her arrival. Christ is our hope and Chris is now home and safe, healed in the twinkling of an eye. I pray her gentle memory live on in the lives of her family and friends.

Holding all of you up in prayer before the Lord who knows how our hearts ache this side of heaven.
Staying Under God's Wing,
Ann Carr

Adia Grover
   Posted Thu May 02, 2013
My sincere condolences on your loss of a beautiful woman inside and out. She was an asset at Visiting Nurse and will truly be missed. She had a way of making everyone feel special...including me who barely knew her. She was a gift from God here on this earth. I am thankful to have even met her. God bless you all during this difficult time.

Deb Lowrance
   Posted Fri May 03, 2013
Nick, Bill and Larry,
Charlotte was a very cool lady. I am so sorry for your loss, and will light a candle for each of you and for Charlotte as well. I'm sure she is looking down at you with love and care. She will always be in your hearts.

judi dunn
   Posted Sat May 04, 2013
My sympathy to the family. -Judi Dunn

Marsha (Logan) Edgar
   Posted Sun May 05, 2013
Larry and family, My heart goes out to you. You may not remember me, but I was a childhood friend and was in your wedding. We attended the Church of the Brethren in Huntington and will always remember those days.

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