Pauline "Polly" Lauver, 96, of Middleburg, passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 6, 2017, following a brief illness.
She was born July 10, 1921, a daughter of the late Franklin B. and Lizzie Mae (Strawser) Leister, of Juniata County. On Aug. 18, 1940, she married J. Roy Lauver and they had three sons, Joseph R. Jr., David A., and Thomas B.
Polly had a life long interest in nutrition and began her long history of service in that area during World War II when she worked for the War Food Administration in Harrisburg and later as a personal secretary to the commandant for the Army Air Force Intelligence School, also in Harrisburg. Following the war, she and Roy returned to McAlisterville where she supervised the elementary school lunch program. They later moved to Selinsgrove where she directed the school lunch program for the entire Selinsgrove School District and initiated a free lunch program in order to insure that every child had access to sound nutrition while in school.
With that program running smoothly, Polly left to assume the role of Food Service Manager at Susquehanna University where she remained for 18 years. While there, she played an instrumental consulting role in the design of a newly constructed kitchen/cafeteria facility along with the selection and purchase of all of the operating equipment. She is long remembered for her emphasis on home style cooking in an institutional setting and for her planning and execution of special events and occasions dinners.
The last 10 years of her employment history were spent at the Selinsgrove Center where she served in the capacity of Dietary Supervisor and Assistant to the Dietary Director.
Following her retirement, she volunteered for SUN Home Hospice, going into peoples' homes to prepare meals and assist with other needs.
She was a long time active member of Sharon Lutheran Church, Selinsgrove.
Polly was an avid gardener and early proponent of whole foods and organics. With her green thumb and generosity of spirit, she nurtured people as well as her flowers and vegetables. She often remarked that, "Plants are like people; you have to understand them, treat them with love and care, and they'll respond and do well."
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Sharon "Sunny", David, and Thomas and Sally; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Betty Reno, of McAlisterville and Ethel and Robert Fogleman, of Camp Hill; numerous nieces and nephews; and a multitude of friends whose lives she's touched in equally numerous ways.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Edgar C., Harry M., Lester E., and Glenn R.; and one sister, Ruth Shirk.
At Polly's request, there will be no viewing or public service. She will be interred in Hillside Cemetery, McAlisterville. A Lutheran burial and private memorial service for the immediate family will be held at their convenience.
Memorial donations in Polly's memory may be made to the donor's choice.
Arrangements are by the V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, 601 N. High St., Selinsgrove.
Published on August 8, 2017