Pauline L. “Polly” Fritschle, 81, of Golden, Colorado, passed away November 22, 2017.
She was born April 29, 1936, in Otis, Colorado, the 6th of 12 children born to Harriet (Sukow) and Keith Clowser. The family moved to New Plymouth, Idaho when she was very young, and she graduated from New Plymouth High School.
After graduation, Polly and her childhood friend, Velma, moved to Boise, Idaho, where they both worked for Mountain States Telephone Company (later known as Qwest Communications). Polly's boss, Dale Williams, was a very good friend of Richard Fritschle, who also worked for Mountain States Telephone. Polly and Richard soon met and were later married on November 12, 1955. Dale and Velma were introduced to each other by Polly and Richard, and they married in June of 1956. Richard and Polly were transferred to Denver, Colorado in early 1956, and Velma and Dale would soon follow them to Denver. They remained good friends throughout the years.
To this union two children were born: Jennifer in 1958 and Joseph in 1961. Pauline and Richard later divorced in 1968.
Polly formally retired from Qwest in 1985 and continued to do some contract work for Qwest for a few more years. She also did some temporary work for various other companies until she decided to retire for good.
Following retirement, Pauline traveled a lot with friends and family. Part of Pauline's travels took her to Arizona where she would visit her friends, Dave and Judy Schroedl. She enjoyed Arizona and ultimately built a house there. She also loved caring for her grandchildren for many summers, gardening, cooking, crocheting, various crafting projects, and hiking in the Colorado mountains.
She volunteered for many years at: Meals on Wheels (delivering meals to those in need), Seniors' Resource Center (driving seniors to appointments and other activities), and Warm Hearts-Warm Babies (sewing and donating clothes and various items for newborns). Polly received various awards for her services. She also donated her body to Science Care for medical research and education. Above all, she will be remembered as a loving, caring, and devoted mother, grandmother, and friend.
In addition to her two children, Pauline is survived by two younger siblings, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Polly's ashes will be scattered in the mountains at a later time.
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