Pauline Trexler Tyler, 99, of Tinton Falls, formerly of Island Heights and Haddonfield, died peacefully Aug. 19, following surgery for a broken leg.
She was born Jan. 28, 1919 in Kempton, Pennsylvania, a rural Pennsylvania Dutch farming community. She was the youngest of nine children who lived on the farm and helped with the work of the farm. After graduating from high school, she attended Hahnemann Nursing School in Philadelphia, where she met the love of her life, Charles O. Tyler, a young medical doctor who had just graduated from medical school. Pauline continued her nursing career while her husband served in the Navy as a medical doctor on a destroyer in the Pacific in World War II.
After the war, they moved to Haddonfield, where Charles established a pediatric medical practice. Pauline spent her time supporting her husband in his practice and raising their two boys, Donald and Stephen. She was always very interested in their athletic endeavors and became an avid fan, attending every football game and wrestling match.
Her love of sports continued as a season ticket holder and fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. She followed the Eagles very closely throughout her life and was delighted to celebrate the long-awaited Super Bowl victory!
Her own interests included golf, which she played with good friends from her 40s until her 80s, and duplicate bridge, which she played until she was in her 90s. She was a lifelong sailing companion of her husband and sons and a member of Island Heights Yacht Club. Polly was well known for her quiet strength and unselfish demeanor. She loved to bake the best chocolate chip cookies for her children and grandchildren.
Pauline is predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Charles O. Tyler, M.D., and her grandson, Charles F. Tyler, who died in a ski accident when he was 18. She is survived by her son Donald and his wife Ingrid and her grandsons, Scott and great-granddaughter Savannah, and Andrew; her son Stephen and his wife Ingrid, her granddaughter Bridget and her husband Michael Mulcahy and her great-grandchildren Cassi, Malia and Tyler, and her granddaughter Diana and her husband Wesley Heath and her great-grandson Haddon.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Thompson Memorial Home. A private graveside service and internment will be held at Fair view Cemeter y in Middletown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Seabrook Scholar Fund, 3000 Essex Road, Tinton Falls, NJ 07753; or The Sailing Foundation of Barnegat Bay, P.O. Box 1227, Island Heights, NJ 08732.
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