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Walter Pollert

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POWNAL -- Senior Chief Walter Pollert, U.S. Navy-Retired, a resident of Northwest Hill, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. He was 68.

Born in Jersey City, N.J. on Feb. 25, 1936, he was the son of the late Walter H. and Lillian (VanHasselt) Pollert. A resident of Pownal since 1950, Mr. Pollert was a 1953 graduate of Drury Trades School in North Adams, Mass.

His career in the U.S. Navy spanned over 21 and a half years. He graduated from numerous naval schools in aviation maintenance.

Since 1967, along with his parents he operated Pollert’s Christmas Tree Farm on Northwest Hill. He was a stock car racing enthusiast and had done some racing. More recently along with his wife, he enjoyed driving and showing his street rod at events throughout the Northeast. He also enjoyed spending time fishing on Long Island Sound aboard his boat. He was a member of American Legion Post 90 of Pownal.

He leaves his wife, Karen Towslee Pollert of Pownal, whom he married April 23, 2002; a son, Terry Lee Pollert of Fla.; two step-daughters, Tammy Trombley of North Pownal and Tania Tucker of Virginia Beach, Va.; and two grandchildren, Travis and Chance Pollert.

The family will receive friends on Sunday Jan. 2, 2005, at the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home from 1 to 2p.m. to share memories of Walt’s life. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 90 at 2 p.m.

Should friends desire memorial gifts in his memory may be made to either the Pownal Rescue Squad or the Pownal Fire Department in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

For directions or to send condolences to the family of Walter Pollert, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 30, 2004
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