In memory of

Polly Raasch

January 24, 1947 - September 19, 2020
From: Odebolt, IA
Polly Raasch

Polly Raasch

Born: January 24, 1947
Died: September 19, 2020
Age: 73
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  Pauline “Polly” Raasch, age 73 of Odebolt, IA, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 19, 2020, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, IA, with her loving husband of 51 years by her side.  Polly was born on January 24, 1947, to parents Vernon and Margie (Deibert) Loger in Sac City, IA.  She grew up in Lytton, IA with her parents until the age of five and then moved to a farm north of Odebolt, IA.  Polly was baptized at the Sac City Presbyterian Church and confirmed her faith at the First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt.    Polly attended grade school and graduated from Odebolt Arthur High School with the class of 1965.  After graduation, she continued her education by attending Broadlawns Nursing School in Des Moines for 18 months. 

   On June 7, 1969, Polly was united in marriage to Bruce Raasch at the First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt.  This union was blessed with three children: Matthew, Marla and Megan.  They made their home on the Raasch Century Farm north of Odebolt.  Polly worked a short time as a nurse for Dr. Hubiak and babysat for several neighborhood kids.  In her younger years, Polly was a 10 year member of the Wheeler Boosterettes 4-H Club and a member of the Odebolt Order of Rainbow for Girls Assembly #69.  Polly was an integral part of building the family farm operation, working alongside Bruce with the livestock and grain; she “retired” from this position when the kids were old enough to step in.  She continued to be the bookkeeper and ultimate organizer, knowing what everyone was to be doing before they knew (on and off the farm), right up until the time of her passing.  Polly volunteered a number of years as an EMT for the town.  She was very involved in her church and community.  She was a past Deacon for the First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt, taught Sunday School & Vacation Bible School for many years and enjoyed the opportunity to be Camp Nurse at the Presbyterian Camp on Lake Okoboji.  Polly was a member of Sac County Porkettes and received the Bell Ringer award in 1982.  Polly dedicated well over 50 years of her life to 4-H and youth; she used to say her blood bled green.  She was a leader of the Richland Robins 4-H Club for 23 years, judged photography at many County fairs, and was inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame in 2008.  Polly also served on the Sac County 4-H Committee and Sac County Extension Council.

   Polly was the go-to mom, friend and person for everything.  She would always make sure everyone was ready for the fair, was her kids’ Elementary Room Mom, served on the O-A Music Boosters and was honored as an FFA Chapter Mom in 1992.  She had the perfect healing touch for any boo-boo or owie she was presented with; we will sorely miss having Mom a phone call away for medical advice.  She was an excellent seamstress; making her own wedding dress and several outfits for her children, especially dresses for the girls, and mended many a worn-out knee of jeans and elbows of shirts. She also made sure her kids celebrated their birthdays in style with meticulously decorated cakes of their favorite doll, cartoon character, sport or special interest.  Polly was a faithful supporter of all music, drama and sporting activities in the community.  She enjoyed photography, flowers, plants and gardening.  She was an avid Iowa State Cyclone and Green Bay Packers fan, rarely missing a televised or radio broadcasted game. Polly was a mom and grandma to everyone, which made her even more special to her family.  She had a deep love for her family and cherished every moment with her children and grandchildren.  Her thoughtfulness and giving personality will forever be remembered.  She will be dearly missed by all of those who knew and loved her.

   Those left to cherish her memory include her husband Bruce Raasch of Odebolt, IA; children: Matthew (Janene) Raasch of Odebolt, IA, Marla (Rick) Keating of Charter Oak, IA and Megan (Mike) Irlbeck of Coon Rapids, IA; grandchildren: Kristina & Amber Rake, Drayton & Jaxon Raasch, Danielle (Scott) Uhl, Joshua Keating, Craig, Aaron, Eric and Grant Irlbeck; great-grandchild Emerson Rake; brother Steve “Bucko” (Deb) Loger of Odebolt, IA; many extended family members and friends.

   Polly was preceded in death by their stillborn daughter, Michelle Marie, her parents and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond & Betty Raasch.

SERVICES
Funeral Service
10:30 a.m., Wednesday
September 23, 2020
First Presbyterian Church
Odebolt, Iowa
OFFICIATING
Pastor Bill Crawford
VISITATION
5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Tuesday
September 22, 2020
First Presbyterian Church
Odebolt, Iowa
INTERMENT
Odebolt Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa

Condolences

Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:07 AM
“Our condolences to Bruce and family. May Polly rest in peace.”
- Merle & Jean Boerner
Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 7:52 PM
“Dear Bruce, Matt, Marla and Megan
I am so sorry to hear the terrible sad news! Polly was such a sweetheart! God be with you all as she rests in peace! Toni Werner ”
- Toni Werner
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 12:05 PM
“So sorry for your loss. It was such a blessing to have a wonderful 4-H Leader and neighbor like Polly. Prayers for your family.”
- Sandy Lamaak Yeatman
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 12:05 PM
“My condolences to you, Bruce, Matt, Marla, Megan and families. I have wonderful memories of Polly from kindergarten on up until the present. She will be missed by many.”
- Cheryl Sellstrom Moe
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 12:00 AM
“Hugs for Bruce and his children they are so broken hearted. Dearest sweet Polly time to rest and your work of watching over your loved ones is pain free, please pray for us. Polly you will be missed Hugs ♥️♥️♥️
Heaven is pain free”
- Linda Kummer
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 8:04 PM
“So grateful to be a part of Polly's family and to have known her, even for just a short time. Sending so much love and hugs to all. ”
- Danielle Uhl
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 8:04 PM
“Bruce and Family. Sorry to hear of your loss. You have our deepest sympathy.
- Laurel and Sandra Boerner
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 8:04 PM
“I am so sorry for your loss. She was such a wonderful person and will be missed. Sending prayers and sympathy”
- Judy Meyer
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 8:04 PM
“So sorry to hear of Polly's passing, She was such a sweet person. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God gained a real sweetheart.
- Linda Foy
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 10:06 AM
“Dear Bruce, Matt, Marla, Megan and family, we are so sorry for your loss. She was such a sweet and wonderful person-like another big sister to me. I have so many fond memories of Polly and all of you and you are in our thoughts and prayers.

With much love,

Mark and Laurie ”
- Mark Lashier
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 10:06 AM
“What a beautiful person to have known, many memories of the encouragement Polly always gave me, if it be in sports in high school many years ago, or music or life , she always gave it will here beautiful smile and soft spoken voice. I will miss our quick visits when I would see you and Bruce ♥️”
- Wendy Lorenzen
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 10:06 AM
“Polly was so full of life & love. A warm smile, a welcoming heart! Our deepest sympathy to your family during this time. We love you.
Mike & Angie Tomka ”
- Mike & Angie Tomka
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 10:06 AM
“My deepest sympathy on the loss of Polly. Always loved that girl. She was so sweet and caring. Blessings to your entire family.”
- Jennifer Shipman
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 10:06 AM
“Bruce and family so sorry for your loss. You were both great neighbors to mom and dad. I remember Polly was always full of cheerfulness and laughter. Prayers for you all.”
- Susan Lamaak Vinsand
Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 3:08 PM
“Bruce, Matt, Marla, Megan and families, Sorry for your loss. I remember Polly so well from church. Such a nice, wonderful and helpful lady. My first memory of her is when she was I believe a nurse at Dr. Hubiak's office, if I'm not mistaken. My thoughts and prayers for you all during this time. ”
- Julie Belstene
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