Harvey F. Polster, 74


Harvey F. Polster died peacefully and without pain on Dec. 23, 2013, at the VNA Zilber Family Hospice facility in Wauwatosa after several weeks of in-home hospice care. Harvey was 74 years old and the husband for 52 years of Carol (nee Puls).

He is the father of two sons, Craig and Kendall.

He is also the proud grandfather of grandson C.J. Cahala.

Harvey is the son of the late Harvey H. and Helen Polster (nee Hogan) of Fish Creek in Door County.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Polster of Milwaukee; and sister, June Behringer of Sturgeon Bay. He is survived by brothers, Jerry and Larry; along with sisters-in-law, Caroline Polster of Menomonee Falls and Susan Rove of Fish Creek; and Scott and Jody Cahala of Menomonee Falls, along with several nieces and nephews.

Following his education at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Harvey pursued a very successful 40-year career in engineering and marketing in the outdoor power equipment field. He was a co-founder of Project Workbench (parents volunteering building equipment for Grafton public schools) and served as the industrial representative on the board of MATC. He was an enthusiastic coach in the Grafton Youth Softball League and a co-founder and president of the Mukwonago High School Athletic Booster Club. In addition, throughout his lifetime, he joined in and supported his wife, Carol, in her many civic volunteer projects. In retirement he served as condo association president for five years and he helped teach dominoes at the Grafton Senior Center. He loved boating and golfing and did both until mid-September.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Corey Shamah for the exquisitely and compassionately administered care and the superb nursing staff of the Aurora Cancer Center in Grafton. Their care allowed Harvey to enjoy boating and golfing throughout his 10-year battle with cancer right up to the end.

The memorial gathering for Harvey will be held at the Cedarburg Cultural Center, W62 N546 Washington Ave., in downtown Cedarburg on Sunday, Jan. 19, starting at noon. The parking lot is at the back entrance of the building.

Peace of Mind Funeral Home in Milwaukee handled cremation arrangements for the family.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society or the VNA Zilber Family Hospice facility.