Joan S. Trimbath, 95 of St. Paul, died Friday, November 29, 2019 at Brookefield Park in St. Paul.
A Celebration of Joan's life will be at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home in St. Paul.
Joan Sarah Polansky was born on July 3, 1924 to Edward Fletcher Polansky and Alice Marguerite Svoboda Polansky at their home in St. Paul, Nebraska. She attended elementary and high schools in St. Paul and attended the University of Nebraska where she studied nursing.
In 1945 she married Galen Earl Trimbath. They subsequently lived in Omaha, Nebraska, Denver, Colorado and Hollywood, California. One day in the 40s, Joan was photographed there with "Bonzo" the chimp of film fame. In 1950 they moved to Howard County, Nebraska where they farmed land belonging to Joan's father. After several years, Galen joined the U.S. Border Patrol and they moved to Calexico, California where they lived on a date ranch. They then relocated to Rouse's Point, New York before moving to San Rafael, California in 1965, where Galen transferred to the Immigration and Naturalization Service. In 1982 Galen retired as a supervisory deportation officer. They then relocated to St. Paul, Nebraska.
Throughout her life Joan had many interests and hobbies including antique collecting, calligraphy, reading, golf and weaving. She was an avid gardener and after her move to St. Paul was active in the Howard County Historical Society and was a member of P.E.O.
She is survived by her husband, Galen, of St. Paul, a son, Galen (John) of New York, NY and a sister, Harriet Polansky, of Santa Rosa, California as well as a nephew Michael Peterson of Santa Rosa and a grand-nephew Michael Peterson and grand-niece Amy Little of Portland, Oregon. She is preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Rosemarye Peterson and a nephew Edward Peterson, both of Santa Rosa, California.
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