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Paul Sahlstrom

November 13, 1939 — August 10, 2021

 

Paul Sahlstrom, age 81, passed away at his home in Milaca, MN on Tuesday, August 10, 2021.  A celebration of Paul's life will be held on Saturday, August 28th at 11 AM at Milaca Evangelical Free Church.  Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will take place at the church from 9 - 11 AM on Saturday. 

Paul Nathaniel Sahlstrom was born November 13, 1939, in Bock, MN to Nathaniel and Emma (Eggen) Sahlstrom.  He graduated from Milaca High School in 1957 and from St. Cloud State University with a science, math, and psych teaching degree. Paul met Carol Wolbert while she served as a carhop at the local drive-in. After winning a bet with his cousins, he asked her on a date. Three years later they were united in marriage at the First Baptist Church on October 20, 1961.  They would have celebrated 60 years of marriage this year. His first teaching position was in Willow River, Minnesota. He then took a position at the Milaca High School and taught ninth grade math and algebra. Paul loved his students, was glad to see them, and took interest in each one. His stories and one-liners are still repeated to this day. After teaching for three decades, Paul retired at age 53. He was known to say that he was far busier after retirement than before. He also had a grade A dairy farm and milked registered Holsteins; this in part to provide chores for his children he said. His fellow neighbor Art said Paul had Sahlstrom luck as most calves born on the farm were heifers. Sunday was the only day of the week that he would not bale hay, even if it was ready. Growing up he loved to play sports with his neighbor cousins and was especially competitive in hockey. He was a great dad to his five children and any other children that happened to be in his home. On the farm he enjoyed cutting wood, collecting old cars and agates, trapping, tapping maple trees, gardening, berry picking, maintaining many bluebird houses, going to the river, having hotdog roasts, hot cocoa, and doing homeschool math with his many grandchildren. He was a wonderful husband, great dad, and the best grandpa. 

Paul loved His Lord Jesus. He taught Sunday School for decades, was a faithful Wednesday night leader, often arriving with his vehicle teeming with children, and served at the wild game dinners in the Milaca Evangelical Free Church. He also supported many Compassion International children and enjoyed praying for and corresponding with them. In his home he was sure to give thanks to the Lord before meals and read scripture after. He often quoted Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”  Paul said in his testimony, “God used the farm to glorify Himself in so many ways, where He intervened into the lives of many kids and adults and still is today! God knows each and every one that has been changed, and we were so blessed to have the privilege of watching it happen! ‘To God be the glory!’”

Paul is survived by his loving wife, Carol; children, John (Lynne) Sahlstrom, Carla (Marklan) Shir, Joe (Deb) Sahlstrom, Sam (Melissa) Sahlstrom, Rachel (Scott) Gutlovics; Grandchildren, Tessica (Jamie) Trudell, Nathaniel (Kirsten) Sahlstrom, Kate (Luke) Gronning, Timon (Megan) Sahlstrom, Darren (Kim) Sahlstrom, Luke (Anna) Sahlstrom, Hannah, Stephen, Joseph, & Titus Shir, Julia (Tesfaye) Hallo, Matthias (Jemina) Shir, Gavin, Hailey, Logan, Kiaya, Joash, Caleb, & Aretae Sahlstrom, Frank Garner, Britta (Ryan) Erickson, Ben (Naomi) Sahlstrom, Annika (Nate) Carson, Charisma, Katrina, Erina, Simeon, Johann, & Alaina Sahlstrom, Becca (Josiah) Stangl, Reuben (Larissa) Sahlstrom, Amelia (Carson) Cutler, Hayden (Corey) Kuchler, Jack, Grace, William, and Anna Gutlovics; 34 great-grandchildren and more on the way; brother, John (Bev) Sahlstrom; special friends, Butch (Connie) Derosier;  also numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Judy Sahlstrom and Mary Eisenzimmer; sister-in-law, Dorothy Sahlstrom; brother-in-law, Ed Eisenzimmer; great-grandsons, Samuel and Ezekiel Trudell, and Gideon Shir.

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Visitation

Saturday, August 28, 2021

9:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Milaca Evangelical Free Church

1100 Central Ave N, Milaca, MN 56353

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, August 28, 2021

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Milaca Evangelical Free Church

1100 Central Ave N, Milaca, MN 56353

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