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Gladys E. Pollmann

November 12, 2013

Gladys Eveline (Kjellberg) Pollmann, 99, was called to her eternal home on November 12, 2013 at Eastridge Care Facility in Centralia.

She was born on February 9, 1914 at the rural home of her parents, Andrew and Ellen (Peterson) Kjellberg near Vliets. She attended District 13 grade school but left high school her sophomore year to work on the family farm. While also farming she worked for Montgomery Wards Co and Baker’s Motors in Marysville.

She married George Pollmann at her sister’s home near Centralia on September 1, 1945. They farmed before moving to Centralia in 1951. She worked part-time for Hightower’s Grocery Store in Centralia, KS in the early 1960’s. Then in 1965 Gladys and her husband moved to the Paxico area where they managed the first Stuckey Store in KS located on I-70 & Snokomo Rd. then transferred to the Vera Rd. location. In 1976 they moved into a new rural home on Vera Rd. and Gladys retired in 1978.

Gladys was a fantastic seamstress and enjoyed sewing many things for others. She also enjoyed crocheting, gardening, fishing and watching the Royals baseball games. Most of all though, she loved spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

When her husband’s health failed they moved to the Senior Apartments in Maple Hill before entering the Eastridge Facility in May 2001.

Gladys was confirmed into the Salem Lutheran Church at the age of 14 and later became a member of the Centralia Congregational Church and the Maple Hill Community Congregational Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, three sisters and a son, Morris Pollmann and her husband, George in 2006

Survivors include a daughter Joyce Gudenkauf and husband Robert (Bob), Paxico; daughter-in-law, Roxie Hund, Lakeland, FL; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Jared Gudenkauf and daughters, Ashton & Jessy, Meriden, Janelle (Jared) Schultz, Karsen and Dawson, Maple Hill, Shelley Miles, Landon and Megan, Fennimore,WI, Emily (Mark) Shoup, Ethen, Emmett and Kyle, Roundup, MT, and step-great-grandson, Scotty Cavanaugh.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Maple Hill Community Congregational Church. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10:00 until 10:45. Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastridge Care Facility or the Maple Hill Community Congregational Church and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home.

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13 thoughts on “Gladys E. Pollmann

  1. To the Pollman Family—my sincere condolences to you all. George and Gladys were dear friends of my mother, Lucille Clark, and they will surely be missed by family and friends. They were wonderful, loving, caring people and they’re now together in a better place. God’s blessings to you all.

  2. Joyce and Family,

    As I type this today, I can’t help but think there’s a mini MH reunion going on in Heaven…Gladys and Grandpa Schulte, being welcomed by their spouses and close friends who “graduated” ahead of them. This brings me comfort and I hope it comforts you as well. Hugs to you all.

  3. Sorry to hear of your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    My your memories and faith give you strength to get through, these difficult times.

    Christine (Buerkle Pollman )Joy

  4. Joyce and Family- Our sincere condolences on the passing of Aunt Gladys. She will be missed by many. Our prayers go out to all the family. Let us know if there is anything we can do and hope to see you sometime in the near future.

  5. Sorry to hear of Gladys passing away. I so enjoyed playing pitch with her. She had a very pleasant personality and I admired her greatly.

  6. Gladys was the most positive, up-beat person I ever knew. I don’t remember her ever being cross, saying anything negative about anybody, or without a smile. Even as her world shrunk to the confines of the carehome, she seemed happy and content. Her mind was so sharp! She forever owns a piece of my heart. May all your happy memories sustain you through this difficult time.

  7. Joyce, Bob & family,
    I know what losing your Mom is like. It took about 2 years before the sadness eased when we lost our Mom. You are blessed to have had so many good years to spend with her. I sure have fond memories of Saturday nights spent in Centralia while growing up and our families would spend time together. She will be missed. I am sorry we won’t be able to come to the services, but you will certainly be in our thoughts and prayers. Bill and Jeanniene

  8. Joyce,
    I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Your mom and dad were very special to me, I will always think fondly of you and your parents. We had some fun times together at Eastridge! Both mom and I send our sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    God Bless,
    Deb & Connie Claycamp

  9. Joyce & Family~It is with much sorrow when I read the obituary this morning, We go back a long ways, the most fun of going fishing, going on our shopping trips, the many other things that we done together. Memories will always remain with me. I will be with you today in thoughts and prayers. Love to you and your family, Gloria Nightingale

  10. Joyce & family,
    Losing your mom was like losing my mom all over. She was a
    wonderful lady and I loved her so much. I am not going to be able
    to make the services – we have a farm sale on Sat. but know that
    my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Not only are we going to
    miss your mom but we are going to miss all of you. You will forever
    have a special place in my heart.

    Love & prayers

    Pat Deters

    • Thank you Pat. We totally understand those farm sale obligations, and mother knew that rain or shine those auctions must go on. Mother felt so loved at Eastridge and it was a blessing she was given such good care by all of you. We all will miss her, but she was being called to a new home. We will still stop in when up that way. Joyce

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