Virgie Polowchak
  • 85 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 10, 1930
  • Date of passing: Jun 30, 2015
Let the memory of Virgie be with us forever

This memorial was created in honor of Virgie Joyce Polowchak of Salem, Oregon. Virgie was born on June 10, 1930 in Brashear, MO and passed on to her Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, on June 30, 2015, in Salem, OR. Virgie was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all friends and family and Christian Brothers and Sisters.

Virgie was very unselfishly consecrated to Christ and His Church. She was a devoted and very loving wife to Van. Her spouse Van M. Polowchak Sr. will miss her greatly. She was a huge part of his life for 45 years.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by John Kunsman on 2nd October 2016

"I miss Virgie very much.  It has been over a year now and I still remember how she was always hospitable.  I also miss her playing the piano."

This tribute was added by Bruce Childers on 30th June 2016

"Miss you Virgie. Seems like I'll see here when I come this Sunday. Another special reason to strive for heaven. While here, I'll continue to enjoy Van's friendship and work at growing it more. In God's Love to you Van and Virgie!"

This tribute was added by Jim Parks on 30th June 2016

"Just thinking about my awesome Aunt Virgie today.... I recently visited with my Uncle Van and I know he has to be deep in thought about the love of his life today. I know she is such a beautiful, peaceful place now and is waiting for all of us to join her some day! I wish our kids could have known her and her faithfulness to Christ, along with all the fun family times that we had so many times, together! Lots of love, Aunt Virgie!! My thoughts are also with you, Uncle Van!  Jimmy"

This tribute was added by Joyce Enfield on 10th June 2016

"Happy Birthday Marmie.  I thought of you all day as I worked. Its a bit sunny and warm on your day, but not like you like it in the 80's.  It has been a long year this year and yet seems like yesterday when we came to take you to lunch on your 85th birthday.  I know you have to be happier being with your Savior I know He was your world.  Miss you and Love you very much   Annie"

This tribute was added by Allika Polowchak on 10th June 2016

"This would have been gramma's 86th birthday. If she were here I would have called her and wished her happy birthday. I wish I called her and wrote her  more often."

This tribute was added by Jessica Hays on 24th May 2016

"I choose to "leave a note" because most of my memories of Virgie involve letters and notes of encouragement through the years. She wrote faithfully - I wrote not-so-faithfully - and I love and cherish those words I have of hers. She always wrote of Christ, His church, her family, and shared lots of love and hope with me. She also "adopted" my daughter as an "extra" granddaughter and wrote to her just as often. I miss those letters now and her smile and sweet spirit."

This tribute was added by Joyce Enfield on 25th September 2015

"Hi Marmie   I have been thinking of you this morning and missing you. It has almost been 3 months since you've been gone.  Sherran and I have had a lot going on this month and we have wanted to call you several times for a bit of advise.  I am looking forward to one day seeing you again , I am hoping that we see all the people we have loved that have gone before us, I especially want to see Kimmy, and Bethany .  I think of you on the sunny hot days, I know how you loved them.  Today it rained a bit and it was great.....I miss you and love you always.    Annie"

This tribute was added by viva Hochstetler on 14th July 2015

"virgie  was a wonderful Christian women.She loved everyone.She had a special way of making us feel special,as she did everyone.And had a wonderful sense of humor,and at every opportunity taught  people about Christ. Was very devoted to the church.The church will not be the  same anymore  without virgie. Not there to share and talk with.her, feel blesses that God allowed her to be part of our life.We will always miss her."

This tribute was added by viva Hochstetler on 14th July 2015

"Virgie was a wonderful Christian Woman.She loved every one had a special way of making us feel she did everyone.She had a wonderful sense of humor.And at every opportunity taught people about Christ. And was very devoted to church.The church wii not be the same for me anymore without Virgie,not there to talk and share with.We feel blessed that God allowed her to be part of our live She will be foreve missed."

This tribute was added by Joyce Enfield on 11th July 2015

"Aunt Vergie,You will always be here in my heart. I love you so much. You are a great aunt.God will take care of you know.I love your laugh and your big smile. I feel very lucky to have had you for 65 years."

This tribute was added by LAURA CHILDERS on 11th July 2015

"There are not words to convey some feelings, but words are the vehicle we must use.  My love went with Virgie and I know that she knew that. Now my love to Van and family, and I hope there is comfort in knowing she was so lovely and loving and helped so many."

This tribute was added by Gerry Pinon on 10th July 2015

"Virgie will truly be missed by many, including Don and  me.  We have known her for many years, even more than Van  knew her.   Yes, a big smile was  usually on her face.  She certainly did love  the church and the services. The singing, the preaching and the fellowship meant so very much to her.  We truly enjoyed our many many times in their home.  The meals were delicious and the after services popcorn and coke brought many blessings.  Fun talking and serious  talking.  Van and Virgie blessed many lives.  May their lives be an example for us all  to be ready when God calls us home.  Again, we miss you Virgie.❤"

This tribute was added by Darryl Scott on 10th July 2015

"Our Sister-in-Christ, Mrs. Virgie Polowchak graduated to the next Life, June 30, 2015. She was always hospitable and filled with loving-kindness. She exhibited the fruit of the Holy Spirit to such a degree, you instantly knew she was a servant of God.
Heavenly Father, we praise and thank You for sending Sis. Virgie to Bless our lives. We appreciated the opportunities to hear her wisdom and see her faith demonstrated. Her lifestyle of holiness was clearly seen and often understood without words. Virgie's generous heart and bright smile was contagious. We left her presence with optimism. Gracious Lord, we honor you for sharing her life and example with this world. We are all the better for knowing and loving her. Thank you for the spiritual impact she had...and is still having on us. In Christ's Name we pray"

This tribute was added by Van Polowchak on 9th July 2015

"I really miss Virgie, my wife of 45 years.  We met in Anchorage, Ak, in early 1970.  Right off, I was impressed by her devotion to God.  We went through many joys and hardships together and she was always loving and loyal to me even though I know she had to put up with a lot in me.  She was even tempered and not moody.  
     She was a woman of deep conviction which she held even unto death.  She rarely missed a day of bible study and prayer and I can count on the  fingers of one hand the Lord's Days she missed (and that because of sickness) in 60 years as a Christian..  She dearly loved
camps and rally's and other special church events.      
     We had Van Jr. together and he was a joy to raise, and she did more than her part in instilling the things of God into him.  She was truly like the woman of Prov. 31:10-31. She also truly sighed and cried (Ezek. 9:4) over the condition of some souls and the church in general.  Even on her death bed she was concerned.  
     She labored hard on earth but now she rests forever.  I whispered into her ear before she died, "You have fought the good fight, you have finished the course, you have kept the faith; .in the future there is laid up for you the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge will award to you on that day; and not only to you, but also to all who have loved his appearing."  II Tim 4:7-8.
     I will certainly miss her and so will many others whose lives she influenced.  I praise God for having known her.  I can go to her, but she cannot come back to me."

This tribute was added by sherran buehler on 9th July 2015

"my sweet marmie:  joyce and I have called you that for years because of the story you read to us when we were young called "little women" I  know it became a special name. I am so full of pain from losing you. I still can't believe you're gone. I miss you so much and love you so much but I know you are in the arms of our lord and I cant wait to meet you there and be with you again."

This tribute was added by Marcia Gibson on 9th July 2015

"I don't have a ton of memories about Virgie, but what memories I do have, always include a smile on the lips, an encouraging word on the tongue, a twinkle in her eye, and a laugh that was genuine. She didn't need eloquent words to tell you how sincere her feelings were about a topic. And that sincerity was lovingly backed up with truth and love. She will be missed, but never forgotten."

This tribute was added by Allika Polowchak on 7th July 2015

"I am so proud to call this wonderful woman my grandmother. She will never know how many lives she has touched, including mine. I will miss the walks I had with her, the DELICIOUS fried eggs she made for me, the sugar she put on garden-fresh peaches, and her rice trixpies. She WILL forever be missed, no doubt. Rest In Peace, grandma."

This tribute was added by Jim Parks on 7th July 2015

"This candle burns brightly for my Aunt Virgie, just like her life was also so bright!!"

This tribute was added by Jim Parks on 7th July 2015

"To my favorite aunt ever, Aunt Virgie!! I am so glad that I was able to speak with you a couple of times on the phone, when you were well, around your birthday. You found my voicemail on your cell phone... and I remember that last time that you said, "I love you too, Jimmy"...
I will always remember how you loved to have people over to your's and Van's home and shared everything with everyone you could.  I'll always think of the times together with our families on Thanksgiving and Christmas and get togethers in the summer there at the house by Carter Lake!! You always had the interest of others in your heart and you enjoyed sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with anyone! You and Van were the best Aunt and Uncle anyone could have in this life! I remember all the times of laughter and kidding around with each other, and the stern times when Van J and I were out of control! You were the best and I look forward to seeing you, "over there" in Heaven! Your nephew...Jim B. Parks"

This tribute was added by Eileen Parks on 7th July 2015

"To all of you who knew and loved Virgie, you know I could never do an adequate tribute to her in one small article.  Being her physical sister for my 83 years and being her "double sister" for 60 years, and only 18 months her junior, we were decidedly on the same plane.  I was converted to Christ and three months later had the joy of converting her.  She directed me in physical life (as our parents taught her), and led me by example in spiritual life (as the Scriptures taught her). Her very favorite passage of Scripture always was Proverbs 31:10-31 as most all women knew, and she very faithfully followed it.  You can get verification from her husband most of all.  I am missing her sorely, but rejoice in her attaining her eternal reward, though she'll leave me struggling to attain the standard she so diligently set before me."

This tribute was added by Katrina Parks on 7th July 2015

"Oh the memories that flood my mind from when I was young,  I was so close to you , you taught me many things, I remember our walks and talks and your guidance,  I remember scraping out hundreds of pumpkins for the seeds and picking green beans and sweet peas from the garden, and then at night sitting around a fire and you making us all s'mores, then you riding the make shift teeter totter with me and both of us falling off and laughing so hard we cried. Through out the years we drifted apart but I never forgot the Love you always showed, the many holiday meals you prepared with that love.
I couldn't wait for summer so I could spend time with you. You always told me we were so much alike, you were an inspiration to me. Your discipline and love were equal I never forgot the words you said and how they influenced my life,
I love you Aunt Virgie and rejoice that you are in Heaven and no longer hurting, you are deeply missed, but your memory lives on in my heart and mind❤️"

This tribute was added by Valerie Mitchell on 6th July 2015

She had a contagious smile.
She always made me feel welcome.
I enjoyed her and her children from Duke St. Church of Christ days.
When visiting in Colorado, she made me and my family feel right at home, and provided a tasty meal, and warm hospitality.
She treated everyone the same without bias.
She will be missed.
Moristene Mitchell"

This tribute was added by Kathy Norris on 6th July 2015

"Both Virgie and Van have been a blessing from God in my life.
When I think about Virgie, I think about her joy in the Lord, her beautiful smile, and her hugs.
I think of her zeal for God and her longing for His people to do what was right.
I think of a class she taught for us ladies in the Training Program. The class was about the Proverbs 31 woman. She didn't just teach that class, she lived it.
I think of other classes that Van taught us young people around their dining room table and of Virgie's hospitality and food she would share.
I think of how she offered to teach some of us to sing "parts" in hymns and how much fun we had singing around her as she played the piano.
I think of her and Van and other Christians singing praises to our God in special music, and even just in the assembly, you could hear her sweet voice harmonizing.
When I think of Virgie, I think of her work of faith, her labor of love and her steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, and I thank our God for the time I got to spend with her and for her good example in my life."

This tribute was added by Julie Rose on 6th July 2015

"You are missed greatly here in Salem. I appreciated the time I spent with you and "Mama" Eileen on Tuesdays and things won't be the same at the house without you. Although you always seemed younger than your age to Don, he remembers you as being the oldest of a line of talented lady pianists out of Glendale (OR) that Don could count on to play at preaching rallies. A big thanks to you (and Van) for bringing the "blue" hymnals to the church at Salem to go with the red ones."

This tribute was added by Joyce Enfield on 6th July 2015

"Thought of you all day Marmie    I know this was your favorite day. Sunday ......I feel quite sad since you left....I wondered how Church was today with your Heavenly Father.....thank you for your strength in so many ways.....Love you and miss you so much"

This tribute was added by Jim Parks on 5th July 2015

"Virgie and Eileen were very close as sisters in the flesh and especially in the Spirit of the Lord. Since she and her husband, Van, moved in with us (and built a room on the house) we have been encouraged by both Virgie and Van. Virgie is a person who loved God and His Word. She read scriptures  and spoke to the Lord in prayer for family and friends everyday. We will certainly miss her smile and spiritual discussions but look forward to see her forever."

This tribute was added by Karen Johnson on 5th July 2015

"I thank God for every remembrance I have of this precious lady!  Virgie was a haven and encouragement in our lives after moving from AK to the lower 48! She opened her home to us and shared many Sunday meals with us!! Always faithful, kind, and loving, she was a precious example! Hugs and love to family left behind for a time. See you later, Virgie!"

This tribute was added by Connie Richardson on 5th July 2015

"I will forever love and remember you Virgie, you are so greatly missed and loved. You and Van are such great friends of our family (Westerfields) Thank you for all you have done for us."

This tribute was added by Tracy Bradford on 5th July 2015

"You were a every sweet lady. I loved being around.
Thank you so much for your loving wisdom and patients
I have learned from.  I can't wait to see your
Loving smile again.  Love you"

This tribute was added by Van Polowchak on 5th July 2015

"Joyce Enfield wrote:
Hi Momma I miss you, and thought of you this morning as I was drinking my "very Hot Coffee" I know how you loved that. When I was little I remember coming home to the smell of the percolater coffee pot been on since early morning and you were still drinking it...."

This tribute was added by Van Polowchak on 5th July 2015

"Nancy Ellis wrote:
Virgie has always been the best christian example I know of. She was happy, cheerful, helpful, kind, had lots of mercy, and hospitable. Van was a "lucky" man to get her for a wife. I will remember the times we spent in their home and at the restaurants with them when they lived in Colorado, especially. What a blessing for those of us who had contact with Virgie during her years here. Blessings for you son Van, and you husband Van."

This tribute was added by Breanne Maltby on 4th July 2015

"When I was a little girl, Aunti Virgie would make banana nut bread with me. I remember we used to eat more of the ingredients before we could get the finished product done. You will be forever missed. I love you Great Aunt Virgie!"

This tribute was added by Joyce Enfield on 4th July 2015

"Love you Mom and miss you already....don't think time will change that. But I know I will see you again and I know you are with God, and I do know how you loved Him."

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