In Memory of Polly Wymer

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On February 28, 2021, Pauline “Polly” Wymer passed away peacefully at her home on the outskirts of River Falls. After 99 years of raising kids, working numerous jobs in River Falls, including nursing home care, making curtains, and cooking at the high school, she left this earth to follow her passion of serving others on a higher level.

Polly grew up in the Kinnickinnic Valley about 9 miles from River Falls. She was surrounded by her grandparents, parents, and brothers and sisters, most of whom ran dairy farms in the area. Along with her husband Stan, she brought six children into the world, and nurtured them in this wonderful environment of family and friends. She was an excellent cook, who took her children hunting and fishing for their food, and always made a large batch of chili after church on Sunday mornings.

When her children got older. She and Stan moved just outside of River Falls, so they could take advantage of all the extracurricular activities the school system offered. She would live out her days in that very home. After her children left home, Polly graduated to the role of grandma. Her love for all kids went far beyond her own, and allowed her to serve as a grandma to many other kids who adored her. Polly was determined and active, and became sort of an icon around River Falls, where she could always be found walking. She occupied her time doing volunteer work, and was a fixture at the River Falls American Legion Post 121 during blood drives for over 40 years. She was recently recognized as a recipient of the Red Cross Hero’s Award.

Polly is survived by her children, Carl (Jeannie) Wymer, Pat (Duane) Fogerty, Gene (Cathy) Wymer, Bill (Diana) Wymer, Connie (Chet) Rybski, and Pam (Roger) Olson. She is survived by 17 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great-grandchildren. Polly was preceded in death by her husband, Stan.

A public visitation honoring Polly Wymer will be held from 4:00-7:00pm on Friday, March 5, 2021 at the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home, 225 S. 3rd Street in River Falls. A private family funeral service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, March 6 at the First Congregational Church of River Falls. Though a private service for just her family, friends are invited to join via livestream at 1:00pm using the following link

Polly will be laid to rest alongside Stan in Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls. Memorials are preferred to River Falls American Legion Post 121. Services are entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of River Falls, WI. 715-425-5644

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  • Connie, so sorry to hear of your family’s loss.
    Your mom will continue on within each of you and at times it will seem as if she’s right there behind you. Take comfort in your family and friends

  • Polly was a very special lady. We will remember her spunk and her smile. Our caring thoughts are with Polly’s family.

  • I had so hoped to get over to River Falls this past summer to see Aunt Polly & family, but of course Covid hit and it just wasn’t safe to travel outside of Michigan.
    Our family is so very blessed to have her for so long and what a wonderful life she led. I will be at the funeral via Live Stream.
    You will be truly missed Aunt Polly. Many blessings to the family.

    Brenda & John Denbow & family

  • Pam, I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Mom’s are so special. I pray for your peace and joyous memories of her life.

    In Christ
    Joni (Dopkins) Kolb

  • Dear Bill, Diana and family. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers goes out to you all.

  • Polly will be missed walking through the neighborhood. We enjoyed chatting with her about the neighborhood happenings. She always wore a smile as she volunteered at FISH. Our sincere condolences to her family.

  • Polly was a rare soul. Every time I ran into her she had something funny to say, usually about herself. She did love working the blood drives at the American Legion. She was always the first one there in morning, waiting in her car until someone arrived with a key to open the building. She made sure that donors were welcomed, appreciated …and followed the rules! They loved her. Over the years, the drives Polly worked collected thousands of units of blood that saved countless lives. There are no words of gratitude sufficient so I will leave it at a simple, “Thank you, Polly.”

  • What happens to a person that already had their wings and halo in their mortal form? A shining light, true inspiration, and role model, grandma will be missed.

  • Polly was a wonderful lady, full of life with a marvelous sense of humor. She will be missed at church.