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Marian Louise Podolski

May 1, 1920 - March 17, 2017

Our beloved mother, Marian Louise Podolski peacefully joined her Heavenly Father Friday, March 17, 2017 after a lengthy battle with dementia and its complications.

Marian was born May 1, 1920 in Norfolk, Nebraska to Paul Weinhold and Dorothy Sander. With her two brothers and two sisters, the family moved frequently as their father ministered to many Lutheran congregations in the midwest. Being a "preacher's kid" was something Marian frequently spoke of, with all of its ups and downs.

After high school where she was valedictorian of a class of 8, and with a keen understanding of the English language, she worked as an efficient secretary or office assistant at many insurance companies and medical offices. She even worked for a time in the '50s at Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

While in Colorado working at National Jewish Hospital, she met Paul Podolski, recently discharged from the U.S. Navy. They married in 1953 and had a son, Lance in 1956 and daughter, Jane in 1959. They lived in southern California's San Fernando Valley for 39 years.

Marian forged many deep, lifelong friendships as a result of her years spent at the Lutheran Sanatorium in Wheat Ridge, Colorado as she recovered from two bouts of tuberculosis in early adulthood. Never one to shy away from meeting new people, she valued the bonds she made with them. She was a gracious host and her deep devotion to the Lord and the Lutheran families of First, Van Nuys, Calif. and Grace, Ashland, Ore. was a cornerstone of loving bonds that remained to her dying day.

Although traveling through Europe was an unfulfilled dream of hers, Marian did enjoy two ocean cruises and countless outings to the mountains outside of Los Angeles and to many of the natural wonders Oregon has to offer after moving here in 1994. She was an ardent supporter of her children's athletic pursuits well into their adulthood, and was even able to attend the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, calling it one of the highlights of her life. Though never having any pets of her own growing up, she was accepting and supportive of her children's explorations and whatever creatures may have been brought home.

Among Marian's leisure activities were yard work, volunteering at church and various organizations, challenging the Reader's Digest Word Power, crossword puzzles, and, as a staunch conservative, reading the latest publications.

Marian could always be found listening to classical music, whether while cooking fantastic meals, driving to the store, or in person at the Hollywood Bowl, L.A. Music Center, or any number of local Oregon venues. Her fervent love of this beautiful musical genre quieted her soul and warmed her heart.

Marian is survived by her son, Lance and wife Deanne; daughter, Jane; and sisters, Ruth Matthias of Anaheim, Calif. and Jeanne Klems of Berkeley, Calif. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; and brothers Robert Weinhold and David Weinhold.

The family wishes to thank Willow House in Phoenix and Asante hospice for their loving care.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. April 1, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church, Ashland, Ore. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church's music fund.

Arrangements are in care of Perl Funeral Home.

Marian Louise Podolski