February 27, 1948 – July 25, 2020
Paula Guhse left this world on July 25th but has now become a beautiful bride of Christ. Born February 27, 1948, in Auburn, MA, to Edward and Pauline Donais. Paula attended Auburn High School, moved to NH in 1973, worked at Wright's Studio, St. Joseph's School and Masiello Real Estate until retiring in 2005. Paula was also a recognized local artist.
For all that had the privilege to know her, she was a caring, loving, beautiful woman, wife, mother, “meega” and friend.
She was a devoted Christian who lived a life of ministry to serve the Lord. Paula dedicated her life to helping others, volunteered at the 100 Nights Shelter in Keene, participated in mission trips to Cape Town, South Africa, devoted much time to House of Hope as well as throughout the local community. Her family meant the world to her. She taught us that family is truly a gift from God and although life can be difficult, family will always be there to support each other. She deeply loved her husband, 5 adult children, 14 grandchildren and her 4 great grandchildren. Gertrude Bergin, a family member that has since passed, shared a saying with her over 40 years ago and she has lived her life believing in this, “I want to give with a warm hand, rather than a cold one”. She has done just that. This world has lost a wonderful woman but God gained a treasure.
She is survived by her 2 sisters, Donna Robillard and Denise Howe, her loving and supportive husband, Rick Guhse, her children, Simone St. Denis, John St. Denis, Joshua Bergin, Thomas Bergin III, and Sarah Wormstead. Her grandchildren Will and David Belluscio, Ian and Rizal Indra, Dylan Starkey, Myles, Allyson, and Ingrid Bergin, Rylee, Andrew, and Avery Sawyer, Lincoln Wormstead, Malachi and Serenity Bergin and her great grandchildren Nathan and Adriel Indra, Giovanni Starkey and Everett Belluscio. She was predeceased by her brother, Paul Donais.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 4 at 10:00 am at Hope Chapel, 667 Main Street, Keene, NH. Family and friends are invited to calling hours at Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH on Monday, August 3 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Those in attendance are requested to please wear a facemask and to maintain proper physical distancing requirements.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hundred Nights Shelter, PO Box 833, Keene, NH 03431 (www.HundredNightsInc.org) and House of Hope, PO Box 10371, Swanzey, NH 03446 (www.HouseOfHopeNH.org).
Monday, August 3, 2020
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
August 4, 2020
Paula I’ll never forget the friendship you and Rick had with my wife and me. I still remember that special bible you got my wife cause she had a problem with the NIV due to her learning disability. I will also never forget that valentine dinner the four of us went to at Hope Chapel. May you enjoy paradise in the kingdom of heaven forever!
August 4, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to the Guhse family. I knew Paula for about seven years through the Monadnock Area Artists Association and am saddened by her passing. She was always pleasant to me at MAAA events and had a down to earth personality and it was a pleasure to know her! I know she was a
good Christian lady and knowing the Lord made a difference in
her engaging personality and I'm sure she had a lot of friends.
May she rest in peace and please know that your family is in my
prayers to get through this difficult time!
August 3, 2020
Simone, John and Joshua-
I am very sad to hear about your mother's passing! I loved her and your dad, my best friend, way back when. Both have always remained in my heart. It was great to catch up with her and see you guys again at your uncle George's memorial reception. I join you in your sadness!
August 3, 2020
A wonderful woman, mother, wife and friend to all who knew her. Paula will be missed by everyone she touched.
August 2, 2020
Paula, my dear friend, I miss you and I am already catching myself, thinking “ I need to tell Paula!” or “ I ‘d like to go to the Museum with Paula”, “ that would be a great subject to paint with Paula “... and then I realize I can’t ! You left us for a better place. A little too soon....
Paula, you treated me as family, opened your house for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners ; you always had time to meet with me and listen to my concerns, you gave me good advice. You always helped others. You were happy to help and drive wherever you could make things happen! Picking up my nephew at the airport, which I could not do by myself,
I loved your paintings. You were so talented! It was always a great time for me to paint with you. Your sense of composition was strong and the light in your paintings talked about the joy in your soul.
... I’ll never forget your kindness, your support, your interest for others, your generosity. You are a model for many of us , and I want to pick up some of your work for Christ. You are in the best place now, with the Lord, who has swept away your tears, and healed you. I will see you again and take comfort in that. Miss you every day.
August 2, 2020
Simone, John, Joshua, Tom, & Sarah
Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
May you all find comfort in the many memories that each of have with your Mom.
August 1, 2020
I am honored and privileged to call Paula my sister. She was also my best friend and second mom. Always looking out for me. She lived her faith and spread it by example. A tough act to follow. Her door and her heart were always open. I will sooo miss out chats over lunch, her smile, her hugs, her encouraging words. She made my world, and the world of many, a better place.
She inspired me to be a better person.
Until we meet again, you will live on in my thoughts, my prayers and my heart. 💔
August 1, 2020
I never met Paula but was blessed to communicate with her when I was donating to the House. I immediately liked her and looked forward to meeting her someday. Now that day will be in Heaven
Thank you Paula for your dedication to the Lord. God bless your family
August 1, 2020
I first met Paula when I was with her son Josh hanging out back in the early 90’s, I got saved in 1997 and attended a home group that she was apart of, Jesus always glowed from her smile, She always had His presence on her and you couldn't help but see it..... She became a great friend, I will always remember her kindness and love. I know she is loving being in Jesus’s full on presence with no hinderances from our mortal flesh... shes in the full on presence and joy of our wonderful God. Im grateful for her children and my friend Josh. RIP Paula, give Jesus a high five for me. 😊
"Sasa" Sarah Wormstead
August 1, 2020
I miss you so much mom. I hope that you truly know how much I love you. I could only wish that I could be half the person you are. Even when you were in pain, struggling to talk and lacked energy, you wanted to make sure that I was OK. You truly are an inspiration to us all. We are all grieving not because of where you are but because of where you aren't. Thank you for all the lessons learned, support given, and the amazing memories that were built especially with Rylee, Andrew, Lincoln, and Avery. I love you mom ❤😘
July 31, 2020
My heart is sad and rejoicing she is with Our Lord. I loved her smile and her heart of gratitude for everything around her. Paula helped me during a time In 2006 when I needed direction in my health. I’ve always cared deeply for Paula and the family.
My condolences and Love in Christ
July 30, 2020
My heart is saddened.
Paula was the most caring genuine women I have ever had the pleasure to meet. She always had a loving touch, a smile that could brightened your mood, and words of encouragement and hope.
I was able to laugh with her about both of us being former Worcesterites and here we both were in Keene, NH.
Paula was always that beautiful flower in Gods garden. She could make you feel calm and closer to God just by being near her.
Though my heart is heavy, I still can find that smile knowing Paula is painting her most beautiful masterpiece of all in heaven.
July 28, 2020
Paula’s last words to me were, “God is so good”. She said that with a twinkle in her eyes and a beautiful, broad smile. Even while suffering, she could see God’s goodness for her future.
This morning when I thought of Paula, I could picture her on a swing sailing high In the sky- full of joy. Her eyes were twinkling and again that beautiful smile.
Love and prayers to her dear family.