Polley, Lois G., Hemlock, Michigan


The Lord took his faithful servant, Lois G. Polley, to her home in heaven on Monday, April 14, 2014. She was 88 years old. Lois was born in Saginaw on April 6, 1926 to John F. and Gertrude (Salbenblatt) Gottschalk. She was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Saginaw in 1940, and graduated from Saginaw High School in 1944. On September 13, 1947, she married the love of her life, Albert M. Polley. Together they enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing cards, and bowling. They shared 58 years of marriage until Al died from the complications of Alzheimer's Disease in 2005. Lois taught Sunday School at St. Peter Lutheran Church for 30 years and sang in church choirs for almost 75 years. Her entire life was spent loving and serving her Lord and family. She enjoyed her job as a courier for Quest Diagnostics, but when Al's mental capabilities began diminishing, she retired to care for him. Lois was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed sewing for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In her later years, she enjoyed meeting with her friends at church to make and tie quilts that were donated to Lutheran World Relief. Surviving are her daughters and their spouses: Carol and Richard Mallory, and Ellen and Steve Vinson. Also surviving are her grandchildren: Traci and Shannon Gross; Tricia and Kevin Reinbold; Shari and Joe Hatfield; Kimberly and Steven Mallory; Jamie and Tommie Pnacek; and Carla and Jr. Kaufman; great-grandchildren: Tyler, Jared, and Cameron Gross; Christian and Caleb Reinbold; Haley and Lance Hatfield; Cameron Curtis, Roman and Raina Mallory; and Thomas and Brooklynn Pnacek; her sister-in-law Mona Gottschalk, special cousin, Jean Klug, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. Lois was predeceased by her brother John A. Gottschalk, and her son-in-law, James Jerry. Rev. Dr. William L. Morris will officiate the funeral service on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 2461 N. Raucholz Road. Burial will take place in Richland Lutheran Cemetery. The family will welcome friends at the Reitz Herzberg Funeral Home, 1550 S. Midland Road (S. M-47), on Thursday, April 17 from 2:00-8:00 p.m., and at the church on Friday one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to the St. Peter Lutheran Church Building Fund or the St. Peter Choir Fund. www.reitzherzberg.com