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HARVARD — Dolores M. Paul, 69, of Lunenburg, formerly of Southern Pines, N.C., Harvard and Ayer, died Saturday, May 3, 2008 at her home after a brief illness.

Mrs. Paul was born in St. Patrick, Mo., on Dec. 10, 1938, a daughter of Paul H. and Rose Mary (Erhart) Peitzmeier.

She was a 1957 graduate of St. Peters High School in Keokuk, Iowa, and continued her education at the Sisters of Charity Convent in St. Louis, Mo., and later at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

She resided many years in Ayer and Harvard while working as a budget analyst for the 10th Special Forces (Airborne) Group at Ft. Devens. When Fort Devens was deactivated, she transferred to U.S. Army Special Forces Command at Ft. Bragg, N.C., and resided in Southern Pines, N.C. At both Fort Devens and Fort Bragg, she was uniquely honored for her outstanding performance. She was awarded the Commander’s Medal by Gen. Harley Davis as well as various other commendations by the USASOC Commanders.

She resided many years in Ayer and Harvard while working as a budget analyst for the 10th Special Forces (Airborne) Group at Ft. Devens. When Fort Devens was deactivated, she transferred to U.S. Army Special Forces Command at Ft. Bragg, N.C., and resided in Southern Pines, N.C. At both Fort Devens and Fort Bragg, she was uniquely honored for her outstanding performance. She was awarded the Commander’s Medal by Gen. Harley Davis as well as various other commendations by the USASOC Commanders.

She was an honorary life member of the 10th Special Forces, awarded by Gen. Frank Toney.

After her retirement in 2001, Dolores remained active in gardening and landscaping. She enjoyed traveling and over the years went on many cruises. While in Southern Pines, she was noted for her culinary skills as “Mrs. Paul’s Yankee Kitchen.”

She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Francis L. Paul; two daughters, Teresa English, of Omaha, Neb., and Deborah Mortensen, of Lowell; a stepson, F. Tracy Paul, of Carmel, Ind.; two brothers, Paul W. Peitzmeier, of Nebraska, and Michael Peitzmeier, of Illinois; and two sisters, Mary J. Joles, of Lunenburg, and Virginia Martin, of Oregon. She leaves five grandchildren, James English, Dolores Collins, Steven Mortensen, Jennifer Mortensen and Melissa Gammel. She also leaves several great-grandchildren.

She was the sister of the late Robert Peitzmeier and Mercedes Long, both of Iowa.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, May 8 at St. Mary’s Church, Ayer, followed by burial in the parish cemetery.

Arrangements were handled for the family by the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, of Ayer. Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information.

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