Susanne Marie Polden
Susanne Marie Polden
  • June 20, 1922 - October 26, 2017
  • Pacific Grove, California

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Susanne Marie (Sue) Polden a longtime Monterey educator and resident of Pacific Grove passed away on October 26, 2017, after a short illness. She just celebrated her 95th birthday in June of 2017.

Born in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, to John and Susan Simpkin, she grew up with her siblings: Margaret (a Sister of Loretta), Elizabeth, Nora and Jack. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings.

She was educated at St. Teresa College in Winona, Minnesota and later taught chemistry at a medical school in East Lansing, Michigan. Following her marriage to Donald F. Polden, a military officer who passed away in 2003, Susanne began her careers as a mother and a primary school teacher, including teaching assignments in Ft. Benning, Georgia, Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, Cupertino CA, and Alexandria Virginia. In 1966, she moved to Carmel, and later, Pacific Grove, and began teaching in the Seaside Elementary schools, including Covell Elementary and Martin Luther King Middle schools. She was an exceptional and dedicated teacher and for many years following her retirement she was frequently approached by former students who relayed inspiring stories about how she personally influenced their success in life.

Sue was a long time congregant at St. Angela Merici Church in Pacific Grove and was active as a member and elected officer in the Catholic Daughters chapter at St Angela. Her fellowship with the many members of Catholic Daughters was immensely gratifying to Sue and resulted in many close friends. In recent years she was not able to continue her active service with the organization due to her ailing health.

Sue was very proud of her Irish heritage and, after her retirement, she traveled there often with family, including sisters Margaret and Nora and all her children, to Ireland, and the trips always included visits to County Clare, home of her mother.

Sue was blessed with a wonderful, supportive family, including her children: Mary (John) Schlosser, Donald (Susie) Polden, Patricia (Greg) Calhoun, Maureen (Bill ) Duffy, and David. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Her family was a tremendous source of love and care to her and they all loved coming together often to spend time with their "Mom/Gma/GG".

In lieu of flowers, please send a gift in memory of Sue to St Angela Merici Catholic Church,146 8th St, Pacific Grove, California 93950.