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Kerr, Polly
Polly Hergenroether Kerr, age 93, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away Saturday, December 16, 2017. She is preceded in death by her devoted husband George J. Kerr, parents Florence and Ernest Hergenroether, brothers Roy and Ernest Hergenroether, brothers-in-law Robert (Lou), Bill (Mary), Ron, and sister-in law Nellie Kerr, nephew Bobby Kerr and niece Peggy Jean Gilkens. Polly is survived by her loving daughters, Jacki (Doran) Dibble and Jan (Neil) Carlson; and caring son, Ralph Kerr (Dori Jenks); grandchildren, Angela, Erik (Kayann) and Kirsten Carlson, Kerry (Rob) Kapaku, Kevin Dibble, Hallie and Hannah Kerr; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ken and Arlene Kerr and nephews, Kurt (Sherri) Kerr, Eric Kerr (Wendy Feldman) Scott Kerr, Robbie Kerr; great nephews and nieces, Sydney, Ethan and Georgia Kerr. Numerous friends in Ohio and Arizona will also miss her. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Polly went to Cooley High School. Upon graduation, she joined her parents in Washington D.C., where her father was transferred for work during World War II. Employed as a typist, she met George at the famous DC branch of the Stage Coach Canteen established in part by Eleanor Roosevelt. Polly was on hand for the First Lady's speech of encouragement to those supporting the troops, talking about the canteen as an outstanding place to go. It was also a place to dance. George and Polly were quite accomplished at the Jitterbug, throughout their lives people cleared space for them when they took the floor. After their wedding at the end of the war, Polly took a job as a secretary to help put her husband through Duquesne University. She and George celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary before his passing in 2010. A self-proclaimed domestic goddess, Polly raised her three children while also volunteering in community groups and churches in Ambridge and Moon Township, PA, and Middletown, OH. After her husband's retirement, she and George moved to Phoenix and then to Prescott Valley, AZ. where her favorite place to volunteer was the Prescott Hospital. Following the Kerr family tradition, Polly baked homemade bread and cruellers on a regular basis throughout her married life. Polly fervently followed baseball and football. Reflective of the various places she called home, her favorite teams were the Detroit Tigers, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds. Having married a man born in Carnegie, PA, she of course loved the Pittsburgh Steelers. A family camping trip to Yellowstone in the early 1930's instilled in Polly a love of travel and adventure. In her married life, she visited destinations from coast to coast as well as Alaska and Hawaii. In addition to all 50 states, she and George went on excursions to the Caribbean, South America, Italy, France, England, Germany, former Yugoslavia, Poland, and Spain. Polly took her last trip abroad to Norway, Sweden and Russia at the age of 89, traveling with long time girlfriend Carol Gilbert. Polly was an outdoor enthusiast, hiking many a trail in Arizona where she and her husband resided for a number of years before moving back to Ohio. She also enjoyed swimming. An avid golfer, Polly kept her companions in stitches with her many colorful jokes. Strong of spirit, she was also a woman who expressed her opinions with clarity. She knit, crocheted and cross-stitched many items that have become family heirlooms. Born with an internal compass and an uncanny sense of topography, Polly particularly enjoyed driving around in her chili pepper red Mini-Cooper purchased at the age of 85. A true dog whisperer, Polly treasured her canine companions. In her later years, her room was filled with stuffed animals, large and small, of various dog breeds given to her from loved ones. Her canine collection brought her joy and delight throughout her struggle with dementia. Following a private celebration, the gravesite ceremony will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions in Polly's name can be made to Ridgewood Terrace at Friendship Village of Columbus, 5757 Ponderosa Drive, Columbus, OH, 43231 or the , P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215 or on line at www.diabetes.org.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 31, 2018
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