Paula Jean Iwen Landers, Stoughton, WI (1963-2015)
January 19, 1963 - November 12, 2015
Paula Jean Iwen Landers, age 52, of Stoughton, WI, passed away on Nov. 12, 2015, at her home. She was born on Jan. 19, 1963, in Racine, WI, the daughter of Frank and Margaret (Moeller) Iwen. She married John Landers on Dec. 18, 1987, in Fort Worth, TX. Paula loved to learn and teach. Her passion for Spanish flourished at West High School in Madison, at the University of Wisconsin for a B.S. and Baylor University for a Master degree that led to her association with Stoughton High School as a Spanish teacher. That love of learning and teaching was the product of her childhood: her summers in the New Mexico desert with her parents, their trek through Central America to Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands, her foreign exchange student experience in Punta Arenas, Chile, her semester in England, and a tour through many European countries including her family’s homeland, Germany, and what would be her favorite, Spain. Paula enjoyed her travel with friends, family and students from the Carolina coast down to the Everglades, to the southernmost tip of Chile, Tierra del Fuego, through Mexico, California, the Olympic Peninsula, beautiful Yellow Stone, to the coast of Maine, and across the Atlantic to Spain. Paula moved into education administration after finishing her Masters at Cardinal Stritch University as an Associate Principal at SHS and later as Director of Curriculum and Instruction in Evansville Community School District always trying to help students learn, teachers teach, and to learn herself.
Paula is survived by her father, Frank Iwen; her husband, John Landers; and her son, Isaac Landers. She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Iwen.
A Memorial Service will be held to celebrate Paula’s life at CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH, 700 Co Hwy B, Stoughton, at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19. There will be a visitation for friends and family beginning at 10:30.
Paula has requested that memorials be directed to the Scholarship Fund of the Christ Lutheran Church Endowment Foundation, the Friends of Norwegian Culture (parent group of the Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers) or to the Dane County Humane Society.
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