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Pauline Hardiek

Pauline B. Hardiek, 97, of Teutopolis, entered into eternal life on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. 

A funeral mass was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, with burial in St. Francis Cemetery. Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday evening at the church with a 4 p.m. ladies rosary and a 6:30 p.m. parish wake service.

Memorial donations may be made to the donor’s choice.

Bauer Funeral Home in Teutopolis is assisting her family with arrangements.

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Pauline was born March 19, 1919, in rural Sigel, the daughter of George and Vera (Bruns) Sehi. She married John Clair “Whitey” Hardiek, of Teutopolis, on May 14, 1940, at St. Rose Catholic Church in Montrose. He preceded her in death on March 6, 1994.

Pauline began her working career at Modern Cleaners as a seamstress from 1951 through 1974, when the store closed its doors. In December of 1974, she began performing alterations and working as a clerk at Weber’s Clothing Store in Teutopolis until her retirement in 1994, at the age of 75. Pauline was president of St. Ann’s Sodality in 1964 and taught 7th grade religion for 7 years. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Teutopolis, as well as the St. Francis Council of Catholic Women. 

Pauline loved to cook and bake and bring the family together for every occasion. She was famous for her sugar cookies and sweet rolls. She loved to travel and was able to fulfill her dream of going to Rome and vacation to Israel to walk where Jesus walked. 

Pauline was a very kind-hearted and loving mother, grandmother and friend who had a smile for everyone she met. She will be greatly missed. 

Pauline is survived by her three children, Nancy Lou (Robert) Pals, of Teutopolis; Eugene Clair (Cathy Donoho), of Dixon; and Carolyn (the late, Jim) Fearday, of Royal Palm Beach, Florida; brother, Bill Sehi, of Sigel; and 7 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Ray, Robert and Carl Sehi; sister, Genevieve “Jenny” Schniederjon; brother-in-law, Frank Schniederjon; sister-in-law, Janet Sehi; and son-in-law, James Fearday.

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