Gothenburg Resident: Edith Polak (1916-2016)
Edith Lucille Polak, 99, a long-time Gothenburg, Nebraska, resident, died July 25th, 2016 at Linden Court in North Platte, Nebraska.
Edith Lucille Polak was born August 30th, 1916, to John and Alice (Prymek) Moravek at Munden, KS, where she graduated from and later taught for Munden Public Schools. She married Arthur J. Polak on May 10th, 1941. They resided in Little Rock, Aarkansas, Pasadena and Riverside, California, and Killeen, Texas, while Art served in the military; and she worked in Topeka, Kansas, while he served in Europe during WWII. Upon his return, they lived in Milford, Nebraska, where she was the NSTS registrar. In 1947 they moved to Superior, Nebraska where their children were born. In 1957, they moved to Gothenburg, Nebraska where they owned and operated retail businesses until their retirement in 1981.
Lucille was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, The Gothenburg Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Gothenburg United Methodist Church, and the Methodist Women's group. She was an avid bridge player, an accomplished seamstress, an amazing cook, and one of the original “super moms” who worked full-time in their business operations, as well as serving as a Girl and Boy Scout leader for her children's troops, and as a volunteer for many community activities.
Following retirement, Lucille and Art traveled extensively all over North America and throughout Europe. They were winter residents in Yuma, Arizona, for 14 years, participating in many activities and attending various classes at Arizona Western College. In 2010, Art and Lucille moved to Linden Court in North Platte, Nebraska where they lived the remainder of their lives.
Lucille is survived by her daughter, Debi (Burnell) Steinmeyer of North Platte, Nebraska her son, Harold, of Alma, Nebraska her grandchildren, DJ and Chelsea (Veire) Steinmeyer, Bre Steinmeyer, and Abbi Polak, and a great-grandson, Cyrus Jordan.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and two sisters, Olive Rashleigh and Gayle Hansen.
Graveside services were held at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, August 2nd, 2016 at 11:00 am with Pastor Larry Viter officiating.
Memorials may be given to the Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department, the Community Playhouse, the Pony Express Station, or the Gothenburg Hospital Foundation.