I knew Sister Paula at St. Agnes Grade School. She had been our music teacher and then became a collegue when I went to teach at St. Agnes. She also played at my wedding on August 16, 1975. I am sorry to hear of her passing. She was a wonderful teacher and friend. She managed our rambunctious classes at St. Agnes with a true gift. She made learning music fun and interesting. I still remember when she convinced me to demonstrate my ballet lessons to the whole 6th grade class. She played the music while I did my thing up on stage. She was so encouraging and positive. Sorry to hear that she was ill. I know that she touched so many lives. May she rest in Peace.
Fr. Kevin Fane O.P.
I am a Dominican, a native of Dixon. My sister sent me a copy of Paula’s obituary. Whie she was in Dixon, several relatives died. She had such a significant ministry of presence and service to them and their families. Her response was always loving, warm, and sensitive. I’m sorry that her illness took her from you and all of us at such a young age.
Father Richard R. Kramer
19 May 2002
Dear Family and Friends of Sister Paula Fergen,
I spent 14 years in the greater Dixon area and was privileged to know Sister Paula and witness her incredibly faith-filled ministry to the sick etc. She was an extraordinary religious and a woman whom I shall always esteem. I knew that she was taken seriously ill and I was still shocked to read of her death. May she indeed rest in peace in the presence of the Lord and Saviour Whom she so adored in her life on earth. May all those she helped, raise their prayers to heaven on her behalf as well as on yours her family and Sister religious at this time of loss. The Church is all the richer for her ministry and all the poorer at her death. And I shall miss her happy manner and the friendship she extended to me over the years! Good bye dear gentle Sister Paula! And thank you so much! Respectfully, Father Richard R. Kramer, Saint Joseph Church, Harvard, Illinois
Joan and Denny Hermes
Dear family of Sister Paula,
We were so sorry to hear of her death. Sister Paula was so enthusiastic while at St. Patrick’s in Dixon. We really enjoyed sitting with her at the many sporting events she would attend. She was such a gentle woman and has been missed by the St. Pat’s family.
Joan and Denny Hermes
Paul Hermes Family
We had the pleasure of having Sister Paula serve our parish, St. Patrick’s in Dixon, for many years. Sister would ALWAYS go beyond the call of duty to lend a helping hand. She gave up one Saturday morning to accompany our then 5th or 6th grader as she played the clarinet in a competition in Sterling. When someone in the parish was ill, Sister was always there. She was a wonderful, faith-filled woman, and we missed her terribly when she left Dixon to return to Wisconsin. Now she is returning to her true home with our Lord. Our deepest sympathies, but we are confident Sister Paula is reaping her eternal reward based upon how she lived her life on this earth.