Pauline Polly Walsh

Published Mar 15, 2014 at 11:38PM

Feb. 18, 1925 - Mar. 13, 2014

Polly Walsh, born Apollonia Stankewick on February 18, 1925, passed away peacefully on March 13, 2014 at the Bend home of her daughter and son- in-law, Janet and Rick Havern. Until recently, Polly and her late husband, Jack resided at Whispering Winds Senior Living in Bend.

Polly, born in Queens, NY, was the youngest and last of her six siblings, most of whom lived in the New York area. Polly was the mother of eight children, three of whom have homes in Bend: Janet Havern (Rick), Rob Walsh (Lynda) and Valerie Walsh (Thomas). Other daughters are Christine Madsen (Douglas) of Pasadena, CA and Connie Walsh Beard (Shane) of Naperville, IL. Her other sons are Jack Walsh of Wilmington, NC, James Walsh of Anchorage, AK, and Richard Walsh (deceased).

Polly is the widow of John X. "Jack" Walsh who predeceased her in 2009 after 64 years of marriage. Polly and Jack raised their large family in Garden City, Long Island, NY before moving to San Diego to enjoy retirement near their California grandchildren, Jolene, Madeline, Katherine and Rickey Havern, Lauren Forgione (Philip), and Kelly Walsh. Even though they lived far apart, Polly and Jack loved and were beloved by their grandchildren, Emilie and Caroline Hanlet and Crystal, Alexandra and Seana Walsh. Her great-grandchildren are Harley Havern Ruiz, Solace, Celeste and Paisley Walsh and Dylan Forgione.

Polly was an RN, a graduate of Cornell University School of Nursing. As WWII was ending, she met and married Jack, newly returned from service in Europe as an Army Air Force reconnaissance pilot. Her life as a mother and homemaker began in earnest with the swift arrival of the first of eight children.

Polly was adored by all her family for her ability to welcome everyone into her home and her sense of humor and fun. Always playful, she loved spending time with each generation of children and participated and excelled in all their recreations and sports including ice skating, skiing, tennis, dancing, singing and camping. She was the mother all our friends wished they had...we were the lucky ones.

Mom and Grandma, we will miss you every day but the blessings of gladness that you brought to our lives will be with us always.

A Funeral Mass will be held 12:15 p.m. Monday, March 17 at St. Francis Historical Church. Interment will take place at a date to be determined at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia where Polly will join her husband, Jack.

Arrangements under the direction of Baird Funeral Home; 541-382-0903.