While we are planning an online Celebration of Life, we invite you to share your photos, songs, and stories of Pauline.
If you wish to make a donation to St Jude in her name, please visit https://tinyurl.com/ya85j8sz.
Juanita and Fernand Patin relocated from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Los Angeles, California. Pauline had five siblings; Babe, who died in childhood, Fernand, Jr. (aka Bub), Claire, Roland, and Grace and attended St. Lawrence Catholic School.
Pauline married Calvin Joseph Thierry on June 16, 1956 and the two immediately began their family that ultimately included Calvin, Jr. (Todd), Rosemarie, Dee, Timothy, Barbara, Kevin, Louis, and Jeffrey. Pauline’s gardening, cooking, baking, entertaining, and being a good neighbor, especially at the little house on Linnet, were her primary pastimes throughout this period.
Following Calvin’s death from cancer on January 27, 1991, Pauline moved to Sun City, California to live near her mother and siblings. So now, with some time to herself, she pursued her interests in history and politics through extensive reading and listened to a lot of music. On many occasions, Pauline was discovered dancing around her house with The Bee Gees, Eric Clapton, The Doors, and Tom Jones, among others, heard playing (loudly!) in the background. Sun City is also where she met Bob Knechtel. The two became close friends, walking/shopping/breakfasting partners, and fellow road trippers.
In 2015, a year after celebrating her 85th birthday, Pauline suffered from a fall, and her health slowly deteriorated. Prior to requiring around the clock care, the home of her youngest daughter Barbara and her husband Marshall (with whom she shared a dedication to televised sports), and their daughters, Justice and Olivia provided Pauline a home filled with warmth and family.
Pauline Marie Thierry will always be remembered for her infectious smile, positivity, kindness, loving nature, spirituality, and hospitality. Though a small, petite woman, her tremendous strength and immense heart are the legacy her children have gifted to their families and friends.