Pauline M. Irsik, 104, passed away from natural causes on Monday June 28 at the home of her oldest granddaughter Michele Irsik Flax, Hays, Kansas. She was surrounded by her loved ones.
Pauline Mabel Allen was born October 24, 1916 in Howell, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her husband Steve Irsik in 1999 and granddaughter Annie Irsik in 2008.
She was also was predeceased by her siblings Horace Allen, Lester Allen, Edna Reynolds, Donald Allen and Eldred Johnson .
Throughout her lifetime, Pauline witnessed great changes to our world including, a woman's right to vote, Lindbergh's non-stop Atlantic flight, the Wall St. Crash and Great depression, devastating wars, moon landings and 19 U.S. Presidents.
Pauline attended High School in Dodge City and later attended Dodge City Community College and graduated with an Associates of Arts degree in 1937. She taught at Royal Country school with seven students and earned $60 a month.
Pauline dated Steve Irsik in 1942 until he left for the military in 1943. He mailed her engagement ring from boot camp and she didn't see him again until 1946. Two weeks after he returned from the war, they were married on January 21, 1946. Steve passed away just days shy of their 53rd wedding anniversary.
She was a loving and devoted Mother and Grandmother. She is survived by:
Steve Irsik Jr. And wife Kay of Sante Fe, New Mexico, Mike Irsik and wife Debbie of Emporia, Kansas, Max Irsik and wife Linda of Flagler Beach, Florida, Robert Irsik and wife Ellen of Ingalls, Kansas and Ron Irsik and wife Tricia of Columbus, Ohio. 14 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
She was an inspiration to all with her profound faith. She believed "Be patriotic Americans and trust in God. We owe him praise everyday."
Pauline enjoyed quilting, art, gardening, playing bridge, music and dance. She led an incredible life and loved camping, hiking and traveling.
She has begun her most beautiful journey to date.
Her service will take place on Thursday July 1st, 10:30 am at the St. Dominic Catholic Church, Garden City, Kansas. Graveside dedication to follow at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas, in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N 7th street, Garden City, KS 67846. Condolences may be given at garnandfuneralhomes.com
Published by Dodge City Daily Globe from Jun. 29 to Jun. 30, 2021.