Chellie Pearl Polonitza
Chellie Pearl Polonitza
  • April 11, 1932 - March 22, 2017
  • Charlottesville, Virginia

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Chellie P. Polonitza, of Charlottesville, passed away on March 22nd, 2017.

Chellie was born in Rockingham County, Virginia, to the late George Harvey and Nelie Florence Shifflett. Chellie began her career as a hair stylist, and eventually became part owner of The Beauty Center, a beauty salon located in downtown Charlottesville. Following her marriage to Ed, they lived in a number of different places before settling in Richmond, Virginia. She relocated back to Charlottesville three years ago to be closer to her family.

In addition to her parents, Chellie was preceded in death by her brother, Ferrell Shifflett and her sister, Bulah Sprouse.

Chellie is survived by her husband, Edmund Polonitza; her daughters, Nancy Polonitza of Harrisonburg, VA and Neely Slocum (Josh) of Tokyo, Japan; her granddaughter, Chellie Slocum, of Tokyo; her sisters Ruby Scruggs, Thelma Widener (Ben), Nancy Thomas (Rodney) and Linda Shifflett; her brothers Ed Shifflett, Ralph Shiflett, Randel Shiflett (Della), and Sherman Shifflett; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, March 26th, 2017, at 1:00 pm, at Teague Funeral Home in Charlottesville. The family will receive friends Saturday, March 25th, 2017, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, also at the funeral home. Interment will follow at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Ann Baber, and Ryan from Hospice of the Piedmont for their devoted care and attention to Chellie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Piedmont.