Pauline Slater, 1925-2018

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Pauline C. “Polly” Slater, 92, formerly of Albert Lea, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Milwaukee. A private family gathering to spread Polly’s ashes will be at the Hillcrest Cemetery gravesite of Polly’s parents on June 2.

Polly was born July 3, 1925, to Charles and Dea Collins in Vienna Township, Marshall County, Iowa. She later moved to Albert Lea and graduated from Albert Lea High School. Polly married  Clayton Slater on Feb. 4, 1946, in Milwaukee. Together they raised three children.

Pauline Slater

Polly was a stay-at-home mother until she went to work for Smith Douglas Fertilizer. Later she was the registrar at Lea College before becoming the administrative assistant to the principal at Lakeview Elementary School.

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After retiring, Polly and her husband wintered in Mission, Texas, eventually moving full time to Columbia, South Carolina, to be near their son, Steve, and his family. In December 2013, she and her husband moved to Milwaukee to reside at the Elizabeth Residence near the home of their daughter, Nancy.

As an avid camper and dedicated wife and mom, Polly and her husband started Crossroad Campers. She was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea, where she was a member of a circle, a Sunday school teacher and served as a deacon.

Polly is survived by three children, Steve (Louise) Rogers of Ashville, North Carolina, Kathy (Mike) Noa of Hackettstown, New Jersey, and Nancy (Larry) O’Toole of Mequon, Wisconsin, seven grandchildren, Chris O’Toole (Stacy Mitz), Ross O’Toole, Cari (Mike) West, Jay O’Toole (Kate Block), Jennifer (Rich) Malinowski, Clayton Slater and Luke Slater; and six great-grandchildren — who lovingly referred to  Polly as their “GG Grammy” — Adrienna and Samantha West, Will, Bryce, Elliot and Esme, O’Toole. Polly is also survived by her sister, Jeanne, of Haymarket, Virginia, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea or The Elizabeth Residence at 9289 N. Port Washington Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217.