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category: Obituary, date: 2015-01-06, by Avon SD
Pauline K. 'Polly' Sternhagen
Pauline K. 'Polly' Sternhagen(January 20, 1926 - January 6, 2015)

Memorial Services are 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church in Avon for Pauline K. "Polly" Sternhagen, 88, of Avon. Inurnment will be in Kasson, MN, next to her grandson. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Chapel in Avon is in charge of arrangements.

Pauline Katherine "Polly" Sternhagen was born January 20, 1926 at Tyndall, SD, the daughter of Andrew and Anna (Bujer) Schmidt. She died Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall.

Polly graduated from Tyndall High School. She married Leo V. Marek in 1949. A daughter, Vicky was born to their union. She later married Thomas Sternhagen in Avon on December 17, 1966.

Polly worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone as a phone operator following her high school graduation. She then became Deputy Bon Homme Co. Treasurer followed by Deputy Bon Homme Co. Register of Deeds until 1949. Polly then worked as secretary and bookkeeper for Farmers Elevator in Avon for 25 years. During part of that time she also worked for the US Post Office in Avon for 32 years before retiring in 1991.

Polly was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher, superintendent, treasurer, elder, clerk of session, trustee and belonged to the United Presbyterian Women. She also belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary and the Avon Flower Club.

Polly enjoyed gardening, traveling, dancing, snowmobiling, motorcycling, fishing, reading, playing cards, the Minnesota Twins, pro football, especially watching Riley Rieff with the Detroit Lions, crossword puzzles and spending time with family and friends.

Thankful for having shared her life are her daughter Vicky (Tom) Pileggi of Rochester, MN; stepdaughter Margo Nedved of Rapid City, SD; stepdaughter-in-law Marie Sternhagen of Groton, SD; two grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; 12 step great grandchildren; brother Julius (Linda) Schmidt of Tyndall, SD; brother-in-law Don (Jan) Sternhagen of Dante, SD; sisters-in-law: Eve Soukup of Tyndall, SD, Ione Karolevitz of Tabor, SD; Pearl Sternhagen of Adams, MN and Delores Sternhagen of Albert Lea, MN; and several nieces and nephews.

Polly was preceded in death by her parents, husband Tom on July 16, 2004; stepson Clayton Sternhagen; grandson John Michael Pileggi; brothers: Jacob Schmidt and Elmer Schmidt; sisters: Dorothy Burnett, Delores Isaak, Ruby Sandau and Hattie Sandau; nephews Richard Schmidt and Troy Sternhagen; niece Sue Jayne Sternhagen; and brothers-in-law: Joe Sternhagen, Leo Sternhagen and Ray Sternhagen.

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