POELKE, STEPHEN B. Feb. 20, 1951 to Feb. 4, 2013 Age 61. Stephen died suddenly at home in Oceanside on Monday. Born in Oakland, CA, he was raised in Idaho by his parents Arnold and Marjorie Poelke. Steve came back to California as an adult and worked as a bartender at various local establishments with the last being Oceanside Card Club. Since retiring, Steve truly enjoyed construction projects around the house and was a perfectionist down to the smallest details. Stephen will be dearly missed by his wife, Kathleen Elmstrom Poelke of Oceanside, his sister, Elaine Fortin of Idaho, step-children Hank Rhoads of Sacramento and Helena Ingram of Fallbrook and their children, and his faithful dog Zak. A memorial gathering will be held at Ocean's Eleven Casino, 121 Brooks Street in Oceanside on Saturday, February 9th, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the North County Humane Society.

Published in U-T San Diego on Feb. 7, 2013