Pauline “Polly” (Tloczynski) Rodavitch
Pauline “Polly” Rodavitch, age 95, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at the home of her niece from complications of breast cancer. She was born on June 30, 1921, to Walter Tloczynski and Anna (Adams) Tloczynski, both also of Mount Carmel.
Being the first born and the only girl among three brothers, she developed a strong, determined, and independent personality. She lived life to the fullest. She was born one year after women gained the right to voted in every election including the last. She was elected to the Bristol Township School Board and was a member of the Lower Bucks Joint Board for Exceptional Children from 1967 until 1972, serving as its President in 1970. In the years following, she served on the Finance, Curriculum, and Student Involvement Committee and represented the Bristol Township Board as Legislative Policy Council Delegate and Vice President of the Board. She remained steadfast throughout her life in ensuring the welfare and education of children.
Moved by the generosity of Deborah Heart and Lung Center, she devoted nearly 50 years tirelessly fundraising for the Deborah Hospital Foundation. Her efforts helped hundreds of people that she had never met.
During World War II, she served as a riveter. After the war, she worked as a data processor in an era when a computer was the size of a room. She lived to hold a more powerful computer in the palm of her hand when she got an iPhone at the young age of 88 proving that age is only a number and you are never too old to learn new things. She loved her iPhone- it always remained close despite her many fights with Siri. She was constantly on Facebook reading, commenting and liking her family’s and friend’s posts. She loved emailing and texting everyone in her contacts. She could always find a Law & Order on at any hour, pausing only to watch Dancing with the Stars and to listen to Engelbert Humperdinck.
She loved bowling, bingo, game shows, Atlantic City slots, cake decorating, and cooking. Her mashed potatoes, haluskis, perogies, pigeons (golabki) and nut roll were legendary this side of Poland.
She was fun loving, with a wicked sense of humor and a corker to the end. She remained razor sharp, had an exceptional memory, and was unafraid to speak her mind and tell others when they were FOS. She was the coolest and hippest Grandmother, Aunt, and friend. She was one of a kind. She was tremendously loved by her family and friends and will be missed greatly.
She was preceded in death by her husband William Joseph Rodavitch, her son William Joseph Rodavitch, Jr. and her brothers Edward, Walter, and Norbert. She was the first born and determined to live; she was the last to go.
She is survived by many neices, nephews and cousins, her daughter-in-law Mary Ann (Welsh) Rodavitch, her granddaughter Ann Rodavitch Malhotra and her husband, Tim. In her later years, she lived with and was lovingly cared for by her niece Claire (Tloczynski) Atkinson and her husband, Jim.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9:30am-10:30am followed by her Funeral Mass at 10:30am at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 601 Bristol, Pike, Croydon, Pa 19021. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Deborah Hospital Foundation at www.deborahfoundation.org
Arrangements are under the direction of Wade Funeral Home, Bristol Borough.