Polly Pas Snow


October 27, 1946 - November 18, 2010



Polly Pas Snow was born October 27, 1946 in Mitchell SD to Charles H. and Dorothy A. (Warnick) Snow.  Polly was born with Down Syndrome at a time when not much was known about the condition.  She has always been a pioneer.  She attended some of the first special education classes at Longfellow Elementary School.  Her parents along with many others were instrumental in the beginning of what was called The Sheltered Workshop, now known as LifeQuest.  She attended “college” at Redfield State Hospital and School from 1962 to 1979.  In 1979, the concept of moving persons from an “institutional” environment out into the community came to fruition and Polly was privileged to be one of the first to move back to her hometown community of Mitchell.

      As long as she was able, she enjoyed bowling, parades, playing Bingo, Corn Palace week and watching movies starring Elvis Presley and Ann Margaret.  She had a warm outgoing personality – as long as you were on her good list.  She loved birthdays and Christmas.  Santa Claus was her favorite.

      She lived “independently” for several years in a group home arrangement under the loving care and supervision of the staff of LifeQuest, and worked at LifeQuest until she decided to retire in 2009.  That retirement in itself became a new road for Polly and her caretakers and she was a pioneer in how to retire gracefully.  With the onset of Alzheimers came more opportunities for learning.  The living arrangement provided by Radke House has been perfect for Polly and she settled in very comfortably there.  (Our heartfelt gratitude to all those who have provided homes such as Radke House and Blaalid House for these very special people!)

      Polly is survived by her sisters:  Ilene Johnson, Pierre, SD and Peggy (Larry, her “brother”) Hofmeister, Sioux Falls, SD; nieces: Marilee (Virgil) Johnson-Geary, Karen (John) Palmer, Kerry (Tom) Bowers, Michelle Phillips and nephew, Michael (Angela) Hofmeister.  She is survived by several great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews and her cousins.  She is also survived by the loving, caring, wonderful staff of LifeQuest, God’s angels here on earth and her special “teacher”, Peggy Zech.  She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and her brother-in-law, Doyle Johnson.



In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:  LifeQuest, 804 North Mentzer, Mitchell, SD  57301.




Sunday, November 21, 2010
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, November 22, 2010
11:00 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Jeaneth Larsen on August 4, 2012
Polly was the one that usually saw me in the hallway of LifeQuest almost everyday
Posted by Karen VanOverschelde on November 29, 2010
I used to work with Polly at LifeQuest- what a joy to see her smile and she gave wonderful hugs, when you were on her good list. What a lovely human being -always remember her pretty dresses and the way her eyes lit up when Santa showed up. Polly truly blessed this world -she will be missed. My deepest sympathies to her family.
Posted by Janet Kelley on November 23, 2010
My family grew up with Polly. She was a loyal friend and taught us that different wasn't bad, the true meaning of acceptance (she accepted US regardless of OUR faults!), and that all people have value. She was an inspiration to us and didn't even know it. I've thought of her often and will continue to forever. God bless you, Polly.

Peggy, I accidentally deleted your e-mail address and I have sad family news to share. Please respond, Thanks Janet
Posted by Kaleena Kaderabek on November 22, 2010
I only knew Polly for 3 months but in that time I came to care for her very much. She could always make me smile even when having a bad day. I will miss her and her sunny spark. And to Peggy and family I wish to express my deepest sympathy.
Posted by Gloria Rohrback on November 21, 2010
I'm sorry for the less of Polly. I really never worked with her but I would see her in sitting in the front office at shop. She was go well liked person we will miss you Polly.
Posted by Pam Haugh Stransky on November 21, 2010
Polly was a bright spot in a cloudy. She was full of energy and love of life. I will miss her, she kept things interesting. Love that Overnighter!
Posted by Barb Dulaney on November 20, 2010
I want to express my deepest sympathy to all of you I have care of Polly for about 2yrs. I will miss her deeply. She always could make me laugh even when I was down . God Blees you all Barb
Posted by Pat Helgeland on November 20, 2010
I was sorry to see that Polly died. I remembered meeting her with her Mom and Ilene when I was just a child. I'm thinking of all of you at this time.
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