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Obituary

Patricia Irene (Polvi) Meisner

April 20, 1933 – January 9, 2024

Pat “Patsy” Meisner, age 90, formerly of Scanlon, died Tuesday, January 9, 2024.

She was born at her family home in Cloquet on April 20, 1933, the first of three children to parents Viola (Ahlgren) and Julius “Juky” Polvi. She attended Cloquet High School, proudly graduating with the class of 1951. Volleyball with the Girls Athletic Association was a favorite pastime. Pat waitressed at Coney Island and was a telephone operator at Northwest Paper Co until marrying her true love Frank “Corky” Meisner on July 16, 1955. They built their house in Scanlon and together raised their four children. Here they were surrounded by a treasured community of friends who joined them in playing cards, dancing, crazy yard parties and traveling throughout the US, wintering in Arizona in the later years. Pat and Frank were married for 48 years before his death in 2003.

Pat enjoyed sewing baby blankets to welcome every grandchild, grandniece and nephew of hers into the world, along with many, many other babies she knew were arriving. The list was never ending, including second or third blankets needed by any of her seven grandchildren as they grew. She was also active in circle and bible studies at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Hosting out of town nieces and nephews (the great summer “kid swap) brought her much joy, along with a few early gray hairs. All were welcomed with open arms for her to spoil.

Even as a widow, Pat continued to pursue travels, with Branson being a special favorite. When she became physically limited, armchair traveling was adopted. She enjoyed receiving postcards and seeing the photos of other’s adventures. At her 90th birthday party, Pat was transported back in time when Florian Chmielewski played his accordion and sang all the old favorites. She was mesmerized – clearly back in the arms of Frank making the rounds on the dance floor once again.

Cribbage remained a favorite card game for anyone willing to join her. A special shout out to her last worthy opponents this December, the UMD Dance Line that visited her home at Keystone Bluffs. She was still a force to be reckoned with. Although her body declined, her memory remained sharp as was evidenced by the tell-tale sparkle in her eyes and the stories she continued to share.

Pat is survived by her three daughters Sharry, Sue (Glen) and Mary Kay; seven grandchildren Ashley, Tom, Hailee, Lindsey, Emily, Nolan and Marcus; a great granddaughter Teagan; and a plethora of beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank; her favorite son Scott; parents Viola and Julius Polvi; and sisters Polly Deutsch and Karon Langer.

A gathering celebrating her life will be held this spring. Meanwhile, our most heartfelt thanks to all family and friends who came together to bring Pat such joy and support these past 90 years. It truly takes a village to raise a parent, and we sisters stand in awe with deep appreciation to you all.

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