In memory of Robert Alfred Pohle

Robert Alfred Pohle was born on December 24, 1945, to Clarence and Pauline (Mikulan) Pohle in Medford, WI. After the untimely death of his mother at the age of 2, Bob spent his early childhood on his grandparents’ farm, of which he had many fond memories. Once Bob was school-aged, he moved back to town with his father and stepmother and soon became a brother to Dennis and Marlene. Bob enjoyed hunting and fishing, basketball, track, and football and was proud to have been included on the All-State Football Team in high school.

After graduation, Bob moved to Milwaukee to attend MATC where he received his certificate in Graphic Arts. He went on to serve an apprenticeship with Mueller Color Plate and then ultimately became part-owner in several Graphic Arts businesses for 30 years. After retiring from the Graphic Arts business, Bob decided to pursue a completely different line of work: franchise owner of a Breadsmith. Bob enjoyed serving people delicious hearth-baked bread for over 20 years.

Bob met the love of his life, Kathy, on a blind date through a friend while attending MATC, and they married in 1969. Bob and Kathy had two daughters, Jill and Stacey, who blessed them with 5 grandchildren. Bob’s favorite pastimes with his family were spending time outdoors – on the lake, hiking trails, cross country skiing, and fishing.

Bob will be remembered by all who knew him for his dry sense of humor, the stories he would tell (over and over and over), and his love for all things Seinfeld.

The Pohle family would like to thank Breadsmith for their support and understanding over the last six months. We would also like to thank Dr. Reise, the Palliative Care doctors and nurses at Froedert, especially Danyal, Penny and Carol for their compassion and care, and Horizon Hospice Care, especially “Shirley” for her sense of humor and kindness.

Terms to know from this article:

Palliative care

Care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease. The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat as early as possible the symptoms of the disease, side effects caused by treatment of the disease, and psychological, social, and spiritual problems related to the disease or its treatment. Also called comfort care, supportive care, and symptom management.