Pauline Edith “Pauli” Crandall, 92, of Burwell, Nebraska died November 6, 2017 at Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the First Congregational Church in Burwell. Pastor Alan Petersen will officiate. Memorials are suggested to the First Congregational Church. Hitchcock Funeral home in Burwell is in charge of arrangements.
Pauline was born January 19, 1925 in Gilbert, Iowa to George and Lena (Jorgensen) Jacobson.
Pauli married Fred B. Crandall on July 20, 1946 at Ames, Iowa, following his return from Germany after the war ended. After graduating from college, Pauli taught Fine Arts at Iowa State and worked as an illustrator on projects ranging from home economics cookbooks to animal anatomy texts for the Veterinary College. After Fred graduated from engineering college, the couple moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma where Fred worked as an engineer . The couple moved to Tulsa where they lived for thirty-one years, raising two children. Pauli and Fred traveled extensively, including trips to Europe and around the world.
A talented artist, Pauli found expression in a variety of media ranging from drawing and painting to jewelry design, silkscreen painting, and sculpture in wood and clay. With her husband Fred, she started a mail-order company called Pauliwog, which specialized in creative soft-sculpture fabric, patterns and kits, receiving orders from customers around the world. Her work was published in craft magazines and books, and was featured in articles in McCalls and Family Circle magazines. Later in life, she began a new career sculpting small figures and nativity scenes using special modeling clay. In 1992, Pauli and Fred moved to Nebraska from their lake home near Tulsa to be near family members in Burwell. Fred died on March 2, 2009.
Throughout her life, Pauli was an active member of her church, serving on various boards and committees. After Fred’s passing she remained in her Burwell home for several years before moving to assisted living at Community Memorial Health Center, where she came to feel at home and appreciated the care and kindness she received.
Pauli is survived by a son, Dale and his wife Trisha Crandall of Burwell, Nebraska, as well as four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Fred, a daughter, Donna Gallagher, a brother, Lawrence Jacobson and a sister, Genevieve Doll.