The Obit For Ernie Polster

Ernest Edward Polster Jr.
April 15, 1923 - September 5, 2011

Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin from September 13 to September 14, 2011

Ernie, 88, 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 and football.

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 baseball team.

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 in one".

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.