Paula Thovson

Paula Thovson

October 1st, 1956 - July 28th, 2020
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Paula, with her kind, loving, gentle and sweet spirit, spread her angelic wings and confidently glided into heaven on July 28, 2020. Her premature passing was the result of a traffic fatality.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 3, 2020, with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m., prior to the service, at the Family Worship Center Foursquare Church in Watertown with Reverend Steve Ferguson officiating.

Interment will be at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at Mandan Union Cemetery in Mandan, ND.

Casket bearers will be Bryan Bruchhof, Jim Thovson, Mike, Brandon, Ryan and Troy Ressler.

Paula, one of four children, was born October 1, 1956 in Mandan, ND, to Theodore and Polly Ressler. She treasured her younger years in Mandan with family and friends. She graduated from Mandan High School in 1974, and then earned a four-year degree in accounting at Mary College in 1978. Paula later acquired her Certified-Public-Accountant designation.

Paula enjoyed a 30-year business career with various state agencies at the Capitol in Bismarck, ND. In 2006, she concluded her professional career as the Budget Director at North Dakota State University, in Fargo, ND. She then commenced a more challenging and rewarding career: full-time work as a dedicated and selfless wife, mother, sister, grandmother, friend and valued business associate and consultant for her husband.

In 1987, a mutual friend introduced Paula to Bill. For the next 33-years they “did-life-together”, and the awesome love and grace of God allowed their marriage to grow deeper and stronger each year.

Family was Paula’s focus and greatest accomplishment, and that which brought the most joy in her life. She deeply loved her husband and daughters, Alicia and Ariana, and her two grandchildren. Paula always looked for opportunities to share wisdom with her loved-ones, and emphasize the essential priority of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. And she would frequently say: “what could be more important than that?”

Paula became additionally transformed in-the-Spirit when she read the Bible from front to back several years ago. She treasured relationships with her church families and her Bible study groups, and thoroughly enjoyed listening to notable evangelists with Ariana and Bill and, of course, spending personal time in-the-Word. Hobbies included interior and exterior decoration (landscaping and her outside flower projects), cooking and entertaining at our lake home, and shopping trips to Fargo and Sioux Falls.

Preceding Paula in their fleshly death were her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Bill, and daughter Ariana from Watertown, SD, and daughter Alicia (Ray) Paz of Springlake, TX; siblings Wayne Ressler of Bismarck, ND, Mary (Jerry) Bernhardt of Blaine, MN, and Mike (Kathy) Ressler of Bismarck, ND; and two grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

For those that were fortunate to know Paula, blessed is her memory.

Arrangements by Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel, Watertown, SD,
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday August 3rd, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Monday August 3rd, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Family Worship Center
    1120 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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  • Service

    Monday August 3rd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday August 3rd, 2020 11:00am
    Family Worship Center
    1120 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Mandan Union Cemetery
    1600 Mandan Ave NE
    MANDAN, ND 58554
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    ** Please note time change: Burial will be at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2020


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Lori Kunick

Posted at 09:06am
I have always described my friend Paula as the kindest, most gentle, and loving person that I have ever known. I think of all the long walks and talks we had over the years where we shared so much. Bill, Ariana, Alicia - I know the loss is deep but find comfort in her love. Paula was a very special person and I feel blessed to have known her. Our deepest sympathies, Lori & Greg

Travis, Bonnie, Katie, Izzy, Emma, Otto

Posted at 07:14pm
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DeNae Kautzmann

Posted at 05:13pm
To the Thovson and Ressler families, you have my deepest sympathy. The Ressler’s lived around the block from the Kautzmann’s and our Dads were friends. I think they served together on the Railroad Credit Union. Paula was behind me in school. I remember her as a sweet, quiet, and pretty girl. We all liked the Ressler kids. We grew up and lost contact but you never forget the kids from your neighborhood. I am deeply saddened by the loss of Paula. She was a bright light to her family, friends and community. May she rest in peace. DeNae Kautzmann

Gary Wawers

Posted at 01:20pm
My sympathies to Paula’s family. I had the honor of working with Paula at NDSU for many years. She was so talented and she did her work with grace and integrity. She was so kind. Her priorities were her faith and family. My prayers are with you.
Gary Wawers


Cathy McDonald

Posted at 12:30pm
I was so sorry to hear about Paula's passing. I worked in the NDUS System Office in Bismarck when Paula was at NDSU. I always enjoyed seeing her and working with her. She was one of the nicest persons that I've known. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Cathy McDonald

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