Corinne B. Polak, 89 of Denver, peacefully died on November 13, 2020 at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs. She joined our dad, Leonard, and we imagine she is dancing the polka with him.
Mourning her passing are her eight children, Sandy (Bob), Paul (Judy), Daniel (Joy), Edward, Anne (Jim), Loretta (Greg), Cecilia (Geoff) and Joseph; 11 grandchildren, Beth (John), Theresa (Larry), Nathan (Jenny), Jonathan, Heather, Matthew (Kaitlyn), Shalynn (Robert), Jeffrey (Rilla), Michael, Alex and Mandy; and 11 great-grandchildren, Logan, Abby, Aurora, Gabe, Amelia, Serena, Jasmine, Robert, Sierra, Roman and Gabriela. Also surviving are brothers-in-law Bernard Polak (Dottie) and Neil Dittmer and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was born on February 14, 1931 in Denver, Colorado to Frank and Cora Kemme, joining her brother Joseph. She attended St. Dominic’s and St. Catherine’s Grade Schools and graduated from St. Francis de Sales High School. She met the love of her life on a hayrack ride after graduation. They married in June 1953 while Leonard was serving in the Army. While she raised her 8 children, she was active in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. She supported her husband as a deacon with his ministry in the Catholic Church, including preparing couples for marriage. She was very active in the Deacon Wives’ Group with the Archdiocese of Denver, as well as with the Cursillo movement. After her children were in school she worked as a librarian for the Denver Public School System. Her greatest joy was her family, especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She attended every Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, High School Graduation, Wedding, and most College graduations. She kept her family connected with each other and extended family members.
Corinne and Leonard traveled to all 50 states and several times to Europe. The highlight of their trip to Italy was meeting Pope John Paul II. She was a woman who never met a stranger. She was known as the “Muffin Lady” in the north Denver neighborhood of Harkness Heights. She would bake and deliver muffins to neighbors who moved into her neighborhood. She continued this tradition when she moved into The Gardens at St. Elizabeth. She enjoyed attending “pizza night” at the Thielens and we are indebted to Mary Kay and Mary Ursula who made this possible when we couldn’t.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Leonard, her parents, in-laws, Joseph and Mary Polak, brother, Joseph Kemme, sisters-in-law, Sherry Polak, Nylalee Kemme, and Arlene Dittmer, daughter-in-law, Elsie, and nephew Gary Kemme.
In honor of Corinne, a Visitation will be held 8:00AM, Monday, November, 23, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church (969 Ulysses St, Golden, CO 80401), followed by Rosary at 8:30AM and a Funeral Mass at 9:00AM. Graveside Service, 10:30AM, Monday, November 23, 2020 at Golden City Cemetery (755 Ulysses St, Golden, CO 80401). Due to the pandemic we ask that those who have been invited to join in person, please use social distancing measures including wearing masks. For those who have not been invited in person please join us through livestream by clicking on the link to follow. https://youtu.be/8kGZK96dIME
Memorial Contribution suggested to:
Benedictine Convent of the Sacred Heart
1005 West 8th Street, Yankton, SD 57078
Notre Dame Sisters
3501 State Street, Omaha, NE 68112
Please give your condolences to the Polak family.