Josephine Pollock

Pollock, Josephine

April 24, 1920 – June 28, 2018

Josephine Pollock passed away peacefully in the loving care of her family on June 28, 2018 at the age of 98.

Josephine touched and inspired all who knew her with her elegance, her quiet, keen intelligence, and her extraordinary blend of graceful patience and perseverance. Perhaps most memorable among her many gifts was her remarkable penchant for finding the beauty and joy in life by focusing on the positive and always looking forward.

Josephine was born on April 24, 1920 in Raeville, Nebraska to Joseph and Mary (Schrad) Sturbaum and was the eldest of two children. Her younger sister, Helen Tameo, lives in Houston, Texas.  She married Allan Pollock of Ewing, Nebraska on September 8, 1937 in Oakland, California, where they spent two exciting years starting their life together and embarking on a 76-year marriage. This was a time they remembered fondly throughout their lives.  Later, they returned to Ewing and welcomed their daughter and only child, Pat.

An astute business woman, Josephine managed several enterprises with her husband, including Ewing Dry Goods, Sinclair and Mobil Stations, the Eldorado Theater, and Pollock Redi-Mix businesses. Together they built and owned Pollock Sand and Gravel and Pollock Redi-Mix for 55 years. Pollock Redi Mix, under new ownership, is still in operation today.

Josephine was in her element owning and managing Ewing Dry Goods, where she showcased her exquisite sense of style and brought new fashions to Ewing.

Later in life, Josephine and Allan made their home in Omaha and spent their winters in Dana Point, California, near her daughter and her husband, where she especially loved her beautiful rose garden. For the last several months, Josephine lived in the Scottsdale, Arizona area near her daughter.

Remembering Josephine’s love are her daughter, Pat Crosby and her husband Bob Miranda; sister, Helen Tameo; grandchildren, Carol Vander Meer and her husband Steven of Arcata, CA, Brad Crosby and his wife Laura of Omaha, NE and Tia Miranda of Des Moines, IA; and two great-grandsons, Conner and Colten Crosby. Josephine was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Allan.

FUNERAL SERVICES will be held on Saturday, July 7th at 11:30 a.m. at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd., with Interment at Calvary Cemetery. Guests are invited to a reception following.  Memorials may be made in Josephine’s name to the Open Door Mission in Omaha or the charity of your choice.

The family extends its deepest gratitude to the caregivers and friends who blessed Josephine’s life and ours with their compassion and kindness.


  • Hugh Nini Posted July 2, 2018 2:20 pm

    Aunt Jo was a kind and thoughtful person who always made our summer trips to Ewing special and memorable. What I remember most about her was her positive attitude and cheerfulness. She is missed by many. My condolences go out to the immediate family and I will see you soon.

  • Marcia Williams Posted July 2, 2018 2:53 pm

    Will be fondly remembered!!
    I here her say : Your kidding? You don’t.
    Say ?
    The times we laughed !
    And beauty every woman hopes to
    have, if we are blessed to live to her age .
    I’ll miss you!

  • Laurie Nini Slavin Posted July 2, 2018 3:11 pm

    Pat and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Aunt Jo was a kind and loving person who always made our summer visits to Ewing special. Lots of wonderful memories made there. Aunt Jo had a profound effect on my life. She was style and grace and I will miss her…

  • Amy Nini Posted July 3, 2018 8:43 am

    A visit with Aunt Jo was always a special treat….you could always count on feeling a sense of pleasure and happiness when she came to visit. I loved watching my mother interact with her big sister….they truly had a special bond between them and a great love for one another.

  • Gene Kelly Posted July 4, 2018 9:18 am

    My condolences to Pat and family. I worked for your parents in the 70’s driving gravel and redi=mix trucks. Very fond memories of that time. Your mother was such a beautiful and elegant woman. She will be missed by all, but what a fulfilling and rewarding life she lived. A shining example for the rest of us to follow.

  • Barbara Schindler Jochum Posted July 5, 2018 11:57 am

    Please accept the condolences from the Frank and Frances Jochum families. Josephine was my mother’s cousin, Stella Jochum Schindler.. She must have been a lovely lady!Mary Sturbaum was my Grandma Frances
    Schrad Jochum’s sister. I am searching for family history, so
    please contact me by email. Thank you. Barb

  • Francis, Mary Heumesser Posted July 5, 2018 2:23 pm

    Patsy you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Frances Reedy Posted July 5, 2018 6:15 pm

    Patsy, I was sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. I know we lost touch over the years; but think of home and all the good memories we shared as classmates. Keeping you & your family in my prayers.

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