|Birth: ||Nov. 18, 1907|
|Death: ||Jun. 25, 1978|
Arlington Heights (Cook County)
Parents: William J Pohlman & Carrie Volling
Married: Virginia A Geary, 29 June 1936
1. Stuart R Pohlman
William Pohlman was clearly one of a kind.
"The whole town was his friend, and he was friends with the whole town. That's all there is to it." said Lake Zurich Fire Chief John Schweda quietly of his long-time friend.
William Pohlman, Jr., 70, life-long resident of Lake Zurich and groundskeeper of the Lake Zurich Golf Club for 35 years, died Sunday morning in Northwest Community Hospital of heart failure.
SCHWEDA ADDED that since "Bill participated in just about everything, many people knew him, and really looked up to him."
Indeed, William Pohlman's list of activities and memberships seems to run a mile long.
He was a charter member of the Lake Zurich Fire Dept. on which he served for 45 years, a village trustee for 16 years, a past master of the Lake Zurich Masonic Lodge 1089, a member of the Barrington Low Twelve Club, a member of the Shriners, a Worthy Patron of the Lake Zurich Chapter O.E.S. 1026, and a member of Lake Zurich's St. Peter's Church.
"You can see from this list of activities that he was a very active man, and that he touched a lot of people's lives," said Betty Gruebnau, William's sister-in-law.
"He never even had any arguments with anyone as far as I know'" said Fireman Joe Schweda. "He was just a very well respected, a very nice man."
Lake Zurich Village President Henry Paulus also had words of praise for Pohlman.
"I met him about 20 years ago, and then had the honor of serving with him on the village board. He was an extremely dedicated and honest man."
OTHERS IN TOWN had known Mr. Pohlman evan longer, remembering him as a youth.
"I still remember the old Pohlman farm out on Rt. 22 where his mother and dad lived," said Lake Zurich resident Marian Bauer.
"He met his wife, who was then Virginia Geary, here, and his son and my daughter even went to school together," she continued. "We've just always known each other."
Mrs. Bauer said the Pohlmans raised deer and chickens on their land adjacent to the golf club, where they lived, and that they "seemed to be very fond of animals."
Mrs. Bauer added that the Pohlmans served "delicious family-style dinners at the club, which Virginia Pohlman would make herself."
"Neither of them were ever afraid of hard work," she said.
John Schweda agreed, saying "he always did his share of work, and was still active in the fire department up until the time he went into the hospital ."
Mr. Pohlman entered Northwest Community Hospital the Wednesday before his death.
Several other Lake Zurich residents said they didn't know Pohlman personally, but knew of him through reputation.
"You can't live in Lake Zurich and not know of William Pohlman," one young man commented.
Lake Zurich resident and School Board President Sue Murray seemed to sum up everyone's opinion in a few words.
"HE WAS A fine, fine man. And we're going to miss him."
Pohlman is survived by his wife, Virginia; his mother, Caroline Volling Pohlman, of Lake Zurich; one brother, Edward Pohlman, of Barrington; three sisters, Mrs. Mabel (George) Raupp, of Arlington Heights, Mrs. Pearl (Paul) Popp, of Elmhurst, and Mrs. Sylvia (Alex) Giest, of Lake Zurich, and two grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in Chicago.
by LINDA CALECA
William J Pohlman (1872 - 1958)
Caroline Marie Sophie Wilhelmina Volling Pohlman (1882 - 1978)
Virginia A Geary Pohlman (1914 - 2001)*
Lydia Wilhelmina Caroline Pohlman Hauri (1903 - 1974)*
Edward Wilhelm August Pohlman (1905 - 1985)*
William Louis Walter Pohlman (1907 - 1978)
Herbert Heinrich Pohlman (1909 - 1972)*
Mabel L. Pohlman Raupp (1912 - 1980)*
Pearl Ann Pohlman Popp (1914 - 2003)*
William L. 1907-1978
Virginia A. 1914-2001
Lake Zurich Cemetery
Created by: Bryan Murphy
Record added: Jun 21, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14665572