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Pauline (Polly) Richarz Mohnke

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Pauline (Polly) Richarz Mohnke

December 9, 1923 – December 24, 2021


Pauline (Polly) Richarz Mohnke, 98, entered into eternal life on December 24, 2021, in Kerrville, Texas. She was born on December 9, 1923, in Houston, Texas. Polly was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Houston for 89 years. She was baptized, confirmed and married at Trinity.

Polly attended Trinity Lutheran School and then graduated from Jeff Davis High School in 1942. She attended business school and was employed as a bookkeeper for the Southern Pacific Railroad and Houston Light and Power. 

During World War II, Polly was a Red Cross volunteer at various hospitals around Houston. She was a charter member of the Houston Ladies Tennis Association and the Houston Boy and Girl Builders. 

Polly took up painting later in life and was a very prolific painter. She was a faithful servant at church and Trinity Lutheran School. Driven by her good sense of humor and joy for life, Polly enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially at the Nutty Farms in Tomball.

Polly moved to Boerne, Texas, in 2010 to be closer to three of her children and grandchildren. She joined Messiah Lutheran Church of Boerne in 2013. She enjoyed her family of friends and worshipping her Lord and Savior at Messiah until her passing. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Max E. Mohnke; sister Vivian Holeman; and brother “Buddy” H.E. Richarz. Polly is survived by her five children, Rod, Steve, Mel, Kenny and Kathleen; her 10 grandchildren; and her 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 15 at 11 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 9401 Dietz Elkhorn Road, Boerne, TX 78015. For those desiring, memorials may be given to Messiah Lutheran Church. 

Please join us in remembering Polly Mohnke by visiting our memorial at Through this site, we invite you to share your thoughts and fond memories with our family.