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Broome Center - Pauline Remec Moltzen passed away peacefully at the age of 101 on March 19, 2018. Born in Elmhurst, Illinois on November 11, 1916, Pauline was the daughter of Anton and Frances (Brecelj) Remec.
She was predeceased by her husband of 51 years Joseph A. Moltzen and by her brother Adolph Remec.
She is survived by her daughter: Kathleen Moltzen of Middleburgh; her son: Joseph (Faith) Moltzen of Guilderld; four grandchildren: Paula (Walter) McNeill Doherty of Sharon MA., Robert (Lucero) McNeill of Carson VA., Molly Moltzen of Austin Texas and Brian Moltzen of Guilderland; four great grandchildren: Sanne and Liam Doherty, Landon and Logan McNeill and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Pauline served her country with the United States Navy as a WAVE during World War II. She was stationed in Norfolk, VA., Navy Medical Corps division. When the war ended she returned to Illinois and resumed her position as the executive secretary to the Vice President of the International Harvester Company.
In 1950 Pauline met and married the love of her life, Joseph A. Moltzen. They resided in Elmhurst, Illinois for a period of time and while there they started a family. In the years to come they resided in Hillsdale, NJ, Doylestown, PA., finally retiring in 1980 to Broome Center, NY where they had maintained a summer home since 1965.
After marrying, Pauline embraced the life of being a wife, mother and homemaker. In her retirement years she embraced the life of being a grandmother, great-grandmother and the peace and quiet rural living had to offer. She enjoyed baking, gardening, knitting, reading, and sewing. When anyone came to visit they rarely left before having a cup of tea, some home baked goods and something from the garden during produce season.
Pauline would sometimes reminisce about her childhood and what life was like in the earlier part of the 1900’s. She survived the great flu epidemic in 1918, the same flu epidemic that took the life of her father, leaving her mother to raise two little children. She would speak of the days when the iceman would deliver ice to families who owned iceboxes. For the children it was a treat to catch and eat the ice chips that would fly as the iceman broke up the blocks of ice. Christmas presents were often a handmade item, a piece of fruit and maybe a coin. Sundays involved going to church and then taking a stroll through the cemetery to visit loved ones who had been laid to rest. Her first job was working in an ice cream parlor making 15 cents an hour. She gave her earnings to her mother to help make ends meet. Cars, radios, televisions and telephones were luxury items, items her mother could not afford. Her childhood years taught her how to live with less, a lesson that she embraced throughout her life.
In honoring Pauline’s request, there will be no formal services. Her interment will be private in Keyserkill Cemetery.
Coltrain Funeral Home, LLC of Middleburgh is honored to be caring for Pauline and her family.
Pauline’s family requests that memorial donations go to the Middleburgh Emergency Volunteer Ambulance Corp, PO Box 817, Middleburgh, N.Y. 12122
Middleburgh Emergency Volunteer Ambulance Corp
PO Box 817, NY 12122