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Pauline Norma Wendland Bloch was called to eternal rest on Monday, December 13, 2021, at Schneck Medical Center. She was given physical life by her Creator on June 7, 1932, entrusted to the care of Felix P. Wendland and Ethel I. Baker in Gosper County, Nebraska.
She was baptized on July 3, 1932, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Arapahoe, Nebraska as the Triune God washed away her sins and adopted her into his family, the Church.
She attended grade school at Immanuel Lutheran School where she continued to grow in the grace and knowledge of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
On May 19, 1946, she Confirmed her faith in her Lord at Immanuel, Arapahoe. She graduated from Arapahoe High School with the Class of 1950.
Upon graduating she met and married the love of her life, Walter P.E. Bloch, on June 18, 1950, at Immanuel, Arapahoe. The couple farmed until moving to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1956. The Lord blessed their union with four children; Kathleen Ann Bloch Schamber; Daniel Walter Bloch; Carolyn Dianne Bloch Finstad; and Philip Eugene Bloch.
Pauline and her family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1956. In addition to her vocation of wife and mother, Pauline used the talents her Lord entrusted to her, making candy at Russel Stover's, serving at King's Food Host, and as a Food Service Manager for the Lincoln Public School system for 30 years until her retirement in 1997.
In addition to serving her community she used her abilities to serve her Lord Jesus Christ at Faith Lutheran Church in Lincoln on their Altar Guild, Adult Choir, Cradle Role, Faith Lutheran Historical Committee, Sunday School, Midweek School, and Vacation Bible School teacher, a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, a member of the Peace Circle ladies' group and as a volunteer where needed. In 2010 Pauline was honored to be the recipient of the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Volunteer of the Year for her many years of Christian Volunteer service to the Lord in the Church. She was also an active member of the Parent Teachers Associations at Havelock Elementary and Dawes Junior High (Middle) School.
While in Lincoln her faith was nurtured and strengthened by God's Word and Sacraments as a member of Faith Lutheran and Redeemer Lutheran Churches.
In 2015, Pauline moved to the Assisted Living Facility at the Luther Community Home in Seymour, IN. She joined Immanuel Lutheran Church, Seymour where she enjoyed being a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League and the Senior Adult Ministry. She cherished her many friendships at these fellowship gatherings. She worshipped weekly at the Lutheran Home Sunday Chapel and Tuesday Communion Services. She was also a faithful listener to Immanuel's web broadcast of weekly services as well as The Lutheran Hour and Worship for Shut-Ins (Worship Anew).
Pauline enjoyed the hobbies of gardening, cooking, baking, canning, reading, and travel with her family. She loved to talk and facetime with loved ones. She loved to socialize with her family and friends playing cards, especially Pinochle. She was blessed with a fantastic memory. She was the historian for the family and worked meticulously to document the family genealogy. She was a faithful fan of the Boston Red Sox and Nebraska Cornhuskers. Pauline had an extensive collection of owls over the years. After becoming mobility impaired, she became a voracious reader.
Those remaining to cherish her memory are her children; Kathleen (Gordon) Schamber, Carolyn (Richard) Finstad, Philip (Martha) Bloch, and daughter-in-law Donna Raddatz Bloch, ten grandsons; Stephen and Joel Schamber, Jeremy (Talea) Bloch, Nicholas (Toni) Bloch, Bryce (Sarah) Bloch, Dustin (Sarah) Bloch, Joshua Finstad, Jordan (Lauren) Finstad, Andrew (Lindsay) Bloch, Aaron Bloch, and also with sixteen great-grandchildren; Isabella Schamber, Eddie Schamber, Emilie Schamber, Anna Schamber, Joshua Schamber, Josiah Bloch, Harrison Bloch, Raleigh Bloch, Boone Bloch, Elizabeth Bloch, Olivia Bloch, Elaina Bloch, Grace Finstad, and soon to arrive in April 2022 Addison Finstad, Philip Scott Bloch, Leona Bloch; two sisters, Glenva Bahr and Doris Ravins along with nephews, nieces and friends.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, Felix and Ethel, her husband of 32 years, Walter, two brothers, Leo and Robert, two sisters, Martha and JoAnn, and one son Daniel.
Visitation for Pauline will be held at Voss and Sons Funeral Service on Thursday, December 16 from 5-7 pm and at the church one hour prior to the service. The Funeral service will be conducted at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Seymour on Friday, December 17 at 3:00 pm with the Reverend Ralph Blomenberg, Reverend Jimmy Rodriguez, and Vicar Nicholas Wagenknecht officiating. Internment will take place at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Seymour, IN, Concordia Seminary St. Louis, MO or the Lutheran Hour in care of Voss and Sons Funeral Service.