Pauline Tuech Marienfeld, 97, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, June 24, 2018.
A visitation will be held at Columbia United Church of Christ, 3201 I-70 Dr. NW in Columbia on Wednesday, June 27 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. The funeral will begin at 7:00 p.m. that evening.
Pauline was born August 26, 1920 to Ada Tuech (White) and Pete Tuech in Shelburne, Ind.
She was married to Dr. Carl Joseph Marienfeld on August 12, 1943.
She began her career as an obstetrics nurse and continued in her love and service of children and her community through her unwavering dedication to The Wardrobe, which she founded with three other women in 1970. For over 45 years, she helped the nonprofit organization provide free clothing and household goods to individuals and families in need, and orchestrated the long-running “shoe coupon” program for school children. Over the years, she volunteered with the Red Cross Blood Mobile, Meals on Wheels, and as a teaching assistant at Woodhaven.
In 2012, she was honored by the Columbia Daily Tribune with the HERO Award for “Outstanding Lifetime Achievement” and in 2010 with the “Donna Crockett Memorial Award” in recognition of efforts to improve the lives of children through her work at Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home.
Pauline was the “youngest” 97-year-old to those who had the privilege of knowing her. Throughout her life she was a role model to many. A voracious reader, traveler, and participant in everything life had to offer, Pauline was always active of mind, body, and spirit, earning her the nickname “Go-Go Grammie.”
She especially loved traveling with her cousin and lifelong best friend, Elise Maurer, with whom she took cross country road trips well into their 80’s. She was feisty and possessed a remarkable wit, was always strong in her convictions, and held high standards for herself and others. Pauline was a loving and beloved spouse. Above all, she was kind, caring, and wise, always willing to share her time, energy, and love with those blessed to have her in their corner.
Pauline will be lovingly remembered by her children, Dennis Marienfeld (Lea) of Columbia, Ken Marienfeld (Mary) of Hayward, Wis., Mark Marienfeld (Dee) of Belton, S.C., Joyce Marienfeld (Rob Kravitz) of White Bear Lake, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Pauline was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and brothers, Gene Tuech and Henry Tuech.
The Marienfeld family would especially like to thank the kind and dedicated staff at the University of Missouri Hospital who experienced her legendary sassiness firsthand while they gave her excellent care at the end of this chapter of her incredible journey.
In lieu of flowers, Pauline requested memorial contributions be made to The Wardrobe, 715 Park Ave., Columbia, MO 65201; Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home, 9501 W. Coyote Hill Rd., Harrisburg, Mo. 65256; or Columbia United Church of Christ, 3201 I-70 Dr. NW, Columbia, Mo. 65202.