Paula Lorraine Scheinuk passed away at her home in Bremerton on Dec. 16, 2013. Polly was born in 1921 in Boise, Idaho. Her parents, Gustav and Stella Kroeger, were early settlers in south Boise. Polly attended college in San Diego, where she met her husband, Ralph Scheinuk, a Marine stationed there. After their marriage, they lived in Ralph’s hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where they raised their three daughters, Judith Ann, Cheryl Mae (O’Donnell) and Bonnie Gail (Bushaw). Later, they lived for many years in Colville, where Ralph taught at the high school. Finally, they retired to Bremerton to be near their grandchildren.
Paula was a musician throughout her life, starting on a $5 violin and moving through cello, harp, lute, guitar, viol de gamba, dulcimer--any stringed instrument. She enjoyed singing in choirs, including Methodist Church choirs and attending music camps, especially Kindred Gathering for dulcimer enthusiasts. She played in the Kettle Falls Orchestra and many other ensembles starting in high school.
Wherever she lived, Paula planted a big vegetable garden, along with every variety of flower and berry. She always planted an orchard, even though she knew she would not be there to enjoy the fruit. She was never without a pet or two, adopting some of them from Dog Patch in Colville. Polly and Ralph enjoyed many Sunday afternoons socializing with the animals and people at Dog Patch. After her move to Bremerton, Polly enjoyed her TOPS group and made good friends there. She also Line Danced up to her 91st year.
Polly was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; beloved grandson, Andrew Martin Bushaw; brother, Robert Kroeger and sisters, Bettina Kroeger Carpenter and Hermie Kroeger Johnson.
She is survived by Hermie’s twin, Shirley Kroeger, Murphy, Idaho; grandson, Neal Owen Bushaw, Tempe, Arizona, and daughters, Judy, Seattle; Cheryl, Las Vegas, and Bonnie, Bremerton.
At her request, no service will be held. As her own mother said upon her early death: “Don’t go to my grave. You have better things to do on a nice afternoon.”
If you would like to donate in her memory, Polly requested that gifts be given to small local charities where a gift would make a difference, Dog Patch at dogpat.org or to Stanley Stamm Summer Camp at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
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