When death closes forever the doors of man's earthly life, God receives his children, one by one, into his presence, through the never-closed gates of the heavenly city. Thitherward went the pure spirit of Helena Roleke-Poland, Monday, December 6, 1920, at 7:20 PM.
All day long she had fought back the grim victor, but the contest was unequal. At last she yielded as to God's will and entered into the accepted change. one. Wishing, praying, fighting to live, she was not afraid to die. Inspiration says that God has made everything in the appointment of human life beautiful in its season. Childhood is life's paradise, youth is the home of life's unfolding mysteries, and old age is the treasure house of blessed memories and heavenly visions. Somewhere between lies the hour of achievement, the workshop, where are fashioned into tangible forms, the beautiful dreams of an earlier day, and after these come the unspeakable glories of the upper sanctuary.
Lena Poland followed the guiding hand of Jehovah through childhood and youth and into the activities of her maturer life. Ere her life's sun had reached the zenith at noonday, that guiding hand led her to the uppermost mansions.why should one so young and efficient and so needed, go away? I do not know. It is a comfort to know that Mrs. Poland's wish to be active when death came was gratified. if suffering and service be the measure of a long life, then she went out of life's evening into the dawn of the new day, for she suffered much and her hands were full of good deeds.
Helena Poland was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Roleke, of Bethany, Missouri. She was born January 23, 1885, in St. Joseph, Missouri, but lived her life here where she died, surrounded by her loved ones, and her own home, December 6, 1920. She graduated in the class of 1904 of the Bethany high school and taught a while in the public schools in Harrison County.
She was married in the year 1908 to C. Earl Poland, of Bethany, and here they have resided continuously, and she often assisting her husband in the First National Bank of which he is assistant cashier.
The chosen avenues of her religious activities was the Presbyterian church of which she early in life became a member. She took an active interest in every department of service, chiefly the Sunday school, the choir, the prayer meeting and the Dorcas Society, which she helped to organize. She prized highly the attendance pin, which stood for five years unbroken attendance at the Sabbath school.
A life like hers could not be lived exclusively within one church, nor did she want to be. In a very efficient way, she belong to the whole community and the whole city honors her memory. As secretary of the Harrison County Sunday school Association she was one of the prime factors in bringing that organization to its greater efficiency, and she was continually seeking to be better prepared personally for such service and to this end spent two summers at Lake Geneva training school.
Her activities were many sided and she never refused a helping hand to any worthy cause. She was an active member of the P. E. O.and the Coterie Club, and whatever her hand found to do she did it with her might. The fact that she is espoused a cause marked it as being worth while.
She was a loyal homemaker, and her life was ideal, being loyal as the daughter, faithful as an elder sister, devoted as a wife, she will be greatly missed, and none but God can fill that vacancy
Gone from the church, from the community that honors her memory, and from the circle of her loved ones, she has gone to the land of fadeless bloom and entered upon a service that will never be limited by any separate or weariness.
May God bless all who mourn her departure.
The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church, Thursday afternoon, at 2:30 PM, conducted by Rev. L. Layman, who for years was Lena's pastor in the city and who always found her willing to do more than her share-co-operating with all plans for the benefit of the church and its people. Brother Layman was assisted by Rev. C. V. Pearce of the Christian Church and Dr. W. S. Welsh of the Methodist Church. A large concourse of sympathizing friends completely filled the church and paid their last respect to one who left nothing undone and who was such an inspiration and help in the community.
A quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Skinner, Mrs. Daisy Crosan and E.W. Prentiss staying "Safe in the Arms of Jesus" and "Under His Wing." A solo, "There is No Night There," was also sung by Mrs. Crosan. The chair in the choir that had been occupied many years by Lena, was draped with white flowers and bespoke the purity of her life.
The expression of love and sympathy shown by the many beautiful flowers, sent by different organizations, friends and relatives of Bethany and other cities, show the esteem and love of those privileged to know her.
Burial was in the Roleke lot at Pythian Cemetery, with a short service at the grave by the P. E. O. of Bethany, assisted by members of this organization from Ridgeway and New Hampton.
Her useful, beautiful life here has ended and she leads to all her loved ones and friends, a rich heritage and her works will follow her.
- 28 Jan 1885 - Birth -
- 7 Dec 1920 - Burial - Miriam Cemetery ; Bethany, Harrison Co., Missouri
- 6 Dec 1920 - Death -
|PARENT (M) Herman Roleke|
|Birth||2 Apr 1862||Hanover, Germany|
|Death||17 Apr 1930||Bethany, Harrison Co., Missouri|
|Marriage||to Rachel Mainwaring|
|Father||Joseph Frederich Roleke|
|Mother||Karoline Emilie Schultze|
|PARENT (F) Rachel Mainwaring|
|Birth||28 Oct 1861|
|Death||13 Mar 1946||Bethany, Harrison Co., Missouri|
|Marriage||to Herman Roleke|
|Birth||1 Oct 1892|
|Death||20 Jun 1975|
|Marriage||31 Oct 1929||to Melverne Clark Cole at Jackson Co., Missouri|
|F||Helena "Lena" Roleke|
|Birth||28 Jan 1885|
|Death||6 Dec 1920|
|Marriage||to Charles Earl Poland|
|F||Agnes G. Roleke|
|Birth||12 Nov 1898||Bethany, Harrison Co., Missouri|
|Death||3 Nov 1943||Denver, Denver Co., Colorado|
|Marriage||17 Jan 1918||to Robert Dee Scott|
|Birth||1 Apr 1889|
|Death||23 Nov 1906|
|Birth||7 Feb 1887|
|Death||29 Jul 1970|
|Marriage||to James Harvey Burris|
|M||Joseph B Roleke|
|Birth||4 Sep 1891||Bethany, Harrison Co., Missouri|
|Death||16 Jul 1950||Denver, Denver Co., Colorado|
|Marriage||to Esther Caroline Carlson|
|[S-1793721111]||Web: Missouri, Find A Grave Index, 1812-2011|