Paula Rask

Paula Kay (Diersen) Rask, of Caledonia, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse, at the age of 50.

She was born Dec. 5, 1961, in Caledonia to Wilbert “Jake” and Bernice (Rud) Diersen. Paula was a 1980 graduate of Caledonia High School. She was a veteran of the United States Navy having served in San Diego, Calif. On July 21, 1990, she married William Rask in Eitzen, Minn. Paula was employed as a spell checker for The Caledonia Argus. In addition, she drove for the V.A., always caring for everyone who needed it. Paula also served as the family nanny and was affectionately known as “Nanny P”. She loved spending time on her farm with her loving husband caring for all their misfit animals, horses, dogs, cats, and pot belly pigs. Paula was a member of the Loveless-Eikens American Legion Post 191 of Caledonia.

Survivors include her husband, Bill; a very special girl, Jacquelyn Hauser; six sisters, Donna (Carl) Myhre, Joyce (George) Sanness, Diane Solie (Dave Holten), Bonnie Schmitz, Tammy (Steve) Schiltz, and Judy Russert; one brother, Stanley (Laura) Diersen; her mother-in-law, Betty Rask; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Paula was preceded in death by her parents; her father-in-law, Alfred Rask; her brother-in-law, Kenny Schmitz; many aunts and uncles; and her nephew in infancy, Peter Hosch.

Funeral services will be Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Wilmington Lutheran Church, Wilmington Township, Houston County, Minn. Rev. James Scaife will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors by the Loveless-Eikens American Legion Post 191 of Caledonia and the United States Navy Funeral Honor Guard. Friends may call at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, 518 W. Main St., Caledonia, on Sunday from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Online condolences may be sent at