Waterloo - Gustav A. Pohlig, 97, of Kings Row, Waterloo passed away Wednesday (July 16, 2014) at Geneva General Hospital.
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A celebration of Mr. Pohlig's life will be Saturday (July 26, 2014), 2:30 p.m. at the Geneva Presbyterian Church, 24 Park Place, Geneva with Rev. Debra Lind-Schmitz officiating.
Kindly consider memorials to the Geneva Presbyterian Church, 24 Park Place, Geneva 14456 or the charity of ones choice in memory of Gustav.
Born on November 6, 1916 in Langenberg, Germany the son of Ernst and Annelise Pohlig. He grew up in Darmstadt, where he attended school until 1933, when the economic depression forced him to drop out. He became a nursery man and worked at various nurseries until 1938 when he was drafted. He was in France and then fighting in North Africa where he was captured by the British. He spent 6 years in a POW camp in Australia. During that time he finished high school. After this he returned back to Germany in 1947. Pohlig attended Teacher's College and taught in Giessen, Germany until 1954. In 1949 he married Christine Sanner. They had two daughters, Dagmar (Nearpass) and Ulrike Pohlig. In 1954, the family came to the U.S. Gustav worked as a nurseryman in Beltsville MD., New York City and in Waterloo. After taking college courses and getting his Masters Degree, he taught 6th grade in Waterloo until 1980. An avid stamp collector, he authored numerous philatelic articles and two books on POW correspondence. He became a Rotarian in Waterloo and served as president. He was also president of the Geneva Rotary which he faithfully attended. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved to garden. He was married for 65 years to the same woman, something he noted often to whomever he spoke to.
Gustav is survived by his loving wife Christine S. Pohlig; two daughters, Dagmar Nearpass, Ulrike Pohlig; three grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Sanderson-Moore Funeral Home, Inc. 32 State St. Seneca Falls.
Sanderson-Moore Funeral Home, Inc.
32 State Street
Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Published in Finger Lakes Times from July 20 to July 22, 2014