Calling Hours:
Saturday, February 29, 2020, 10:00-11:00am
Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation
Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, PA

Funeral Service:
Saturday, February 29, 2020, 11:00am
Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation
Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, PA
Rev. Julia Fraser, Chaplain of St. Paul's, officiating

Inurnment will be in Shenango Valley Cemetery

Catherine P. “Polly” Oden, age 91, of The Colony at St. Paul's, Greenville, passed away Tuesday morning, February 25, 2020 in UPMC Mercy.

She was born in Clarion County on December 29, 1928 to Richard S. Hess and and Elizabeth (Board) Hess. Polly was a 1946 graduate of Salem Twp. High School, received her Secretarial Certificate from Thiel College in 1948, obtained her B.S. in Education from Slippery Rock in 1968 and her Masters in Education from Westminster in 1970. She was employed as a teacher for over twenty-six years. She taught at Mohawk Elementary School in 1968, was a first grade teacher at New Bedford Elementary from 1968-1971 and retired as a reading specialist from Big Beaver Area Schools in 1993 after twenty two years of employment.

Polly was a member of Hillside Presbyterian Church, Greenville and had been a past member of Bessemer Presbyterian Church, where she had served as a Sunday School Teacher, Deacon, Session Member, member of the Women's Circle, Rotary Dinner Helper and had chaired the Christian Education Committee in years 1993-1994.

She was a member of Gamma Delta College Sorority, Bessemer Womens Club and the Clenmoore Prime Timers. Her professional memberships included, Keystone Reading Assoc., BBFEA, PSEA, NEA, Kappa Delta Pi Honarary Ed Fraternity, PSEAR and PASR. Polly enjoyed photography, world traveling, gardening, cooking, auction sales and spending time with her family.

On January 22, 1949 she married Hartley C. “Bud” Oden, he passed away on January 17, 2013. She is survived by two daughters; Sandra L. Kellner and her husband Donald of Oil City, PA and V. Gail Baker and her husband Joseph of Oil City, PA, two sons; Hartley R. Oden and his companion Paula Berenzy of Newton Falls, OH and Charles R. Oden of Oil City, PA, and a brother; Rev. Howard Hess of Normalville, PA. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a sister; Margaret Say and a brother; Richard P. Hess.

Memorial contributions may be made to the choice of the donor.



  1. Linda Normand Linda Normand
    February 26, 2020    

    Polly was so sweet and kind. She always had a smile and a hug for me when we would meet. She was a true lady. I will miss seeing her at church. My deepest sympathy to her loved ones.

  2. Sheri Pierson Sheri Pierson
    February 26, 2020    

    My deepest sympathy goes out to her family and friends. So sorry for your loss.

  3. Victoria Palmer Victoria Palmer
    February 26, 2020    

    A wonderful Aunt to me and a wonderful sister to my father, Richard P. Blessings and prayers to family and friends.

  4. In Christ - Pat and Ray Brugler In Christ - Pat and Ray Brugler
    February 26, 2020    

    To The Oden Family,

    In the midst of these empty days, we know you are seeking
    the reason why, this we know – we are grateful for God’s
    gift of Polly to love and enjoy for all these years. We mourn
    with you, and pray for God’s comforting arms to enfold us all.

  5. Jan Oden, sister-in-law Jan Oden, sister-in-law
    February 27, 2020    

    To Sandy, Dick, Gail, Chuck, Paula, Joe and family,
    Heaven certainly Joyously welcomed Polly’s
    return to her Eternal Home. A Believer, gentle and
    kind soul Polly shared her life with many on her
    Earthly journey. What glorious peace awaits the
    Polly life is an example of a Godly life.
    God with us, Aunt Jan

  6. Anonymous Anonymous
    February 27, 2020    

    Sandy, You and your family have our sympathy and prayers Chip & Kathy Sanders

  7. Ron & Debbie Hoopes Ron & Debbie Hoopes
    February 27, 2020    

    To the family
    I am sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy for the family at this time. She is now in a better place

  8. Elisabeth Hess Elisabeth Hess
    February 28, 2020    

    I will truly miss my Aunt Polly as I have so many fond memories of her and our conversations. She was always a kind person to me and a wonderful sister to my Dad. My deepest sympathy and prayers for my cousins Sandy, Dick, Gail and Chuck.

  9. Bob and Sharyn Stephenson Bob and Sharyn Stephenson
    February 28, 2020    

    To Sandy and family,
    You have our deepest sympathy in the passing of your mother. Prays go out to you and your family,

  10. Barb (McClure) and Bruce Kiester and John McClure Barb (McClure) and Bruce Kiester and John McClure
    February 29, 2020    

    Dear Sandy, Gail, Dick and Chuck,
    Our deep sympathy to all of you. We enjoyed hearing from your Mom each Christmas and appreciated hearing about your lives through her. We all have many precious memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  11. Michele (Hess) Bowers Michele (Hess) Bowers
    March 2, 2020    

    Sandy & Don, Dick & Paula Gail & Joe and Chuck,

    Our deepest sympathy to all of you at this time in the passing of Polly! You were Blessed to have had her as your
    Mom! May the Lord give you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

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