Bernetta “Nettie” (Schmitz) Pauly, 95, of St. Cloud passed peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 at Villa Lorretto in Mount Calvary.
She was born to Mathias and Otillia (Schneider) Schmitz on Aug. 29, 1924. She married Sylvester (Sonny) Pauly on Oct. 18, 1947 at Holy Cross Church in Mount Calvary. Together they ran the Pauly farm. For many years she also drove school bus.
Nettie loved being around people, whether playing cards, volleyball, bowling, swimming, or golfing, and was a proud blood donor to the Red Cross. She was a member of St. Isidore Parish-St. Cloud Church, the Christian Women’s Society, and the Catholic Knights Chapter 179. She was loved by all for her jovial and carefree nature. She loved singing, dancing, and playing the piano.
Survivors include her 11 children, Gary (Mary) Pauly of Greenleaf, Joyce (Ken) Schneider of Johnsburg, Joe Pauly of Fond du Lac, Steve (Rose) Pauly of St. Cloud, Mary (Dick) Fuhrmann of St. Cloud, Tony (Kay) Pauly of St. Ann, Tim (Sue) Pauly of Sherwood, Cathy (Steve) Gertsch of Prescott Valley, Arizona, Laurie (Randy) Freund of Mount Calvary, John (Carol) Pauly of Big Bend, and Karen (Jeff) Isselmann of Richfield; 33 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and three sisters-in-law, Helen Schmitz, Mae Schmitz, and Donna Schmitz. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Preceding her in death were her husband Sylvester; her parents, Mathias and Ottilia Schmitz; three sisters, Marcella “Sally” (Paul) Wagner, Elizabeth “Elsie” (Vernon “Bud”) Sippel, and Virginia (Donald) Rahmer; 10 brothers, Alex (Viola) Schmitz, Alfred “Fritz” (Marion) Schmitz, Arnold (Marjorie) Schmitz, Ambrose “Sam” Schmitz, Andrew (Zona) Schmitz, Alphonse (Rosie) Schmitz, Anthony “Tony” Schmitz, and Alvin Schmitz; and two infant brothers, Albin and Arlyn.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday Nov. 16 at St. Isidore Parish-Holy Cross Church, 308 S. CTH W, Mount Calvary. The Rev. Gary Wegner, OFM Cap, will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Cloud Catholic Cemetery.
Family and friends may call at St. Isidore Parish-Holy Cross Church in Mount Calvary on Friday, Nov. 15 from 3 to 8 p.m. and again at the church on Saturday morning from 9 to 10:30 a.m. A prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established in her name.
Our family would like to express our heart-felt appreciation to the Villa Loretto nursing staff for their kind and compassionate care and all the family and friends who made her stay more comfortable. She will be deeply missed but joyously remembered by all.
For further details, please contact Sippel Funeral Home in St. Cloud at 999-2291 or visit