Paula F. Freund

Paula  F. Freund, age 55, of East Dubuque, Illinois; passed from our hands into the waiting arms of her Savior on January 10, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.  Although there will be no public services at this time, a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Paula’s family.


Paula was born on July 21, 1965 in Dubuque, Iowa to Richard and Barbara (Cupps) Freund. She received her education from Holy Ghost Grade School, Wahlert High School, and studied at Loras College. Paula devoted 21 years of her working career to Flexsteel Industries as a Training Coordinator/ Subject Matter Expert, and a Sales Expeditor.


Paula was a loving mother to her son, Devante. She equally enjoyed playing with her grandkids, Evan and Elijah. She looked forward to spending time out with her many friends and her monthly Bunco card games. Furthermore, Paula treasured her cat Tig Tig and dog Luda.


Spring of 2018 Paula was diagnosed with ALS Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Throughout her courageous battle, she always kept a positive attitude and had a kind and gentle spirit. Paula most appreciated the fundraising efforts and personal support she received from her Flexsteel family. In keeping with their kindness, they frequently took her to dinner and visited her at home. Additionally, her friends and alumni from Wahlert High School, initiated a fundraiser for ALS research for which she was very grateful.


In the last months of Paula’s life, her son Devante along with the help of Emily, lovingly cared for her in their home. Her family also assisted with her care, and her lifelong friend Diane.


Although she described herself as an ALS warrior (fighting everyday) now she is our ALS Angel and we are left with the love she shared and many wonderful memories. We will miss her beautiful smile and tender heart more than anything!


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Paula include,


her son,

Devante (Emily) Kidd, East Dubuque, Illinois;


her grandchildren,

Evan and Elijah, East Dubuque, Illinois;


her 5 siblings,

Marie (Georg) Moeller, East Dubuque, Illinois,

Cheryl (Larry) Ladwig, Fall River, Wisconsin,

Alan (Margie) Freund, Dubuque, Iowa,

Eric (Angie) Freund, East Dubuque, Illinois,

and Andrea (Bobby) Daniels, Waterloo, Iowa;


her great-aunt,

Joan Neuses, Dubuque, Iowa;


her very special friend,

Diane Ahmann-Timot;


along with countless extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Paula was preceded in death by her parents.


In accordance with Paula’s giving spirit, her body was donated to help ALS research. Memorial donations may be made in her name to or

Although there will be no public services at this time, a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

4 comments on “Paula F. Freund
  1. Marie Moeller says:

    To me, Paula was always “the girl with the beautiful smile”. That was because it was shining from from her heart and soul. She was so dear to me and I will miss her always.

  2. Laurie Hanley says:

    Paula will be missed by many. She had a positive attitude until the very end. I will cherish my many years working with Paula. We will continue to fight ALS in your memory!

  3. Dawn(Horsfall) Klostermann says:

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time! I went to Holy Ghost, Wahlert and Loras with Paula! She was always a lot fun!
    I didn’t even realize she was sick until our last Holy Ghost get together.
    I am praying for all of you!

  4. Gayle Walter says:

    I was a classmate of Paula’s at Wahlert. I followed her battle with ALS, and I have never seen someone so strong and determined to beat that terrible disease. Rest in peace to one of the most bravest women I have ever met.

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