Polly Jean Haselhuhn, 72, of Rogers City, passed away October 5, 2021.
Polly was born in 1948 in Saginaw, to Arnold and Evelyn Hayes. She attended Bay Shore Camp in the summer, and she was an active member of her church youth group where she met many lifelong friends. Polly attended Saginaw Arthur Hill High School, as did her brother, Guy.
After graduating, Polly attended Delta College and, later, Central Michigan University, where she met the love of her life, Larry, February 24, 1968 on a blind date. She told Larry she’d be “the girl wearing the green coat.” That date turned into three more over the next three nights, and laid the foundation for a strong, beautiful 52-year marriage.
Polly and Larry moved north to Rogers City, where they raised their daughters, JoAnna and Mandi, and shared many beautiful sunrises. Polly was a bank teller at Standard Federal, always so proud to “balance daily” to the penny, but the role she loved even more was being Grandma to four grandchildren, Jake (18), Hannah (15), Evelyn (15) and Jack (13). She loved traveling to both Ann Arbor and Bay City to babysit and to see them in their activities. Polly and Larry also enjoyed going to concerts, among the highlights were Elton John and Billy Joel, and Paul McCartney. She was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church, and her strong faith in God was an important part of who she was. Polly loved taking walks with Larry on the shores of Lake Huron, and her homemade macaroni and cheese with a crispy top was a family favorite. She had a smile and personality that warmed everyone. And even in sickness, Polly always put others ahead of herself.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband Larry; her daughters, JoAnna (Andy) Kidle of Ann Arbor and Mandi (Mike) VanOoteghem of Bay City; and her four grandchildren. Polly was preceded in death by her brother, Guy, in 2020. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
A private service for the family will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that donations be made to Friends Together, a nonprofit organization in Alpena, who helps and supports people in northeast Michigan during and after a cancer diagnosis.