Edward Polster Jr.
April 15, 1923 - September
Published in Inland
Valley Daily Bulletin from September 13 to September 14, 2011
passed away after a brief illness at Pomona Valley Hospital on the same
floor he volunteered at for many years - 3 South.
He was born in Glendale, Ca and spent his youth there. He graduated from
Hoover High School in 1941 where he was a prominent athlete in baseball
Ernie attended UC San Francisco and then played professional baseball
for the Spokane Indians who were affiliated with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 and was a catcher for the
In 1945 he married Jean L. Welch in San Diego, CA. This union produced
four children and he saw his 8 month old daughter for the first time upon
his discharge from the service in 1946.
The G.I. Bill afforded Ernie the opportunity to attend Occidental College
where he graduated with a B.S. degree. After receiving his secondary teaching
credential, he taught and coached baseball at John Burroughs High School
in Burbank where he was honored as Teacher of the Year.
In the late 50's, Ernie and his wife purchased a home in Claremont where
the Polster children were raised. He was hired by the Pomona Unified School
District and continued teaching (biology, physiology) and counseling in
addition to coaching Varsity Baseball and J.V. Football at Ganesha High
School. During this period Ernie completed his M.A. in Administration,
ultimately becoming Dean of Students.
Ernie married Mary Gerig in 1976 and worked as an Adult Education administrator
and was instrumental in developing the R.O.P. program.
He retired in 1987 from Park West High (Continuation) School as a counselor.
Mary and Ernie's retirement years were spent actively involved at the
Upland Hills Country Club and First Presbyterian Church. Besides his children
and Mary, he was especially proud and overjoyed to have made three "holes
He is survived by his wife of almost 35 years, Mary, three daughters and
one son: Carol (Bill) Christiansen, Sharon (Gene) Orr, Lori (Craig) Hustad
and Dan (Laurie) Polster; step-daughters: Laura (Greg) Dahl, Betsy Adams
and Sue Russo; 13 grandchildren and 8 great - grandchildren.
Interment will be private at Forest Lawn, Glendale on September 15th.