Vernell Rogers Pollakowski, age 80, passed away on August 21, 2018 were she resided in the in the South Padre Island area. Family and friends were with her the day of her passing.
Born on May 12, 1938 in Karnack, Texas. Vernell attended elementary through high school in Karnack, Texas. Her first job was a telephone operator in Dallas and her last an office manager for a tech sales team at Texas Instruments. She took many years off in-between to run the household and her 4 children to baseball games, swim meets and birthday parties. She lived in many cities in Texas: Dallas, Houston, Lubbock, Lake of the Pines; and overseas in Curacao and Naples Italy. Her last residence was in beautiful Long Island Village, Port Isabel, Texas.
Vernell was a kind, thoughtful, strong woman; dedicated wife; and a loving and caring mother and grandmother. She loved playing Bridge, rooting for the Dallas Cowboys, camping, traveling and attending services as well as volunteering at Island Baptist Church on South Padre Island. She enjoyed watching the San Antonio Spurs, HGTV, CSI and even in the later days of dementia, she could solve the puzzles of Wheel of Fortune before anyone. She was famous for her green bean casserole, blackberry cobbler, mashed potatoes and cornbread stuffing as well as the huge spiral ham she would make before every visit. She made every house she lived in a home.
Preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Charles (“Polly”) Edward Pollakowski, and her daughter, Traci. Survived by her sons, Charles Pollakowski and Keith Pollakowski (wife Geri); her daughter Lisa Ann Plantemoli (husband Len), grandchildren CJ and Olivia; and her beloved dog, Angel. She also leaves behind many caring relatives and friends.
The family would like to thank all of the friends, neighbors, and fellow church members who helped and cared for her in her last year. Vernell was greatly loved by family and friends and will be dearly missed. God bless and rest her soul.
Memorial services to celebrate her life will be at Island Baptist Church on South Padre Island with Pastor Bill Waddell presiding. December 28, 4:00 p.m., reception immediately following. Donations in memory of Vernell are appreciated to: Island Baptist Church 107 W Mesquite St, South Padre Island, TX 78597 or Alzheimer’s Association.
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