Carl Edward Poleschner


Carl Edward Poleschner, 91, of Charlottesville, Va., died on January 25, 2021 at Linden House Assisted Living in Charlottesville, Va.

Born April 25, 1929 in Daytona Beach, Fla., he was the son of the late Charles and Jennie Poleschner. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Ella Mae Gillespie and Pauline Wurl.

Carl was raised between the Catskill Mountains of New York and Florida. As a child of the Great Depression, he had immense respect for how difficult life could be. This made him a devoted husband and father who worked hard to provide for his family. He was married to his wife, Barbara, for 63 years and he and their family lived in Red Hook, N.Y.

He graduated from Westchester Community College with a degree in Construction Management and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked for I. & O. A. Slutzky for 50 years, primarily as a project superintendent overseeing the construction of bridges and larger buildings. He was a natural leader and valued mentor. When not working, he liked to fish and hunt, play a mean round of golf, participate in recreational sports and fitness, walk among the mountain foliage, listen to country music, and shoot the breeze with his buddies. He told a great story and liked an occasional practical joke. Above all he liked to spend time with family. He retired with Barbara to Naples, Fla., and went on to enjoy 20+ relaxing, well-deserved, and sun-filled years before moving to Charlottesville, Va., in 2018.

Carl is survived by his wife, Barbara Arline Poleschner of Charlottesville, Va.; his daughters, Paula Kucera and her husband David of New Paltz, N.Y., Lisa Boehm and her husband Jeff of Lexington, Mass., Erika Struble and her husband Kent of Charlottesville, Va.; his son, Carl Poleschner and his wife Tanya, of Venice, Fla.; and his grandchildren, Christopher and Matthew Struble, Cameron and Lia Kucera, and Chloe and Samuel Boehm.

Special thanks to his caregivers at Linden House, BrightStar Care, and his son-in-law, Kent Struble, who helped him navigate these last difficult days.

While Carl’s life took him many places, he always maintained a deep affection for the Catskill Mountains, its history, and people. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Mountain Top Historical Society (preserving the unique and rich history of the Catskill High Peaks with its main campus located in Haines Falls, NY). Please go to for online giving or send checks to Mountain Top Historical Society, P.O. Box 263, Haines Falls, NY 12436 with a note in the memo line stating, “In memory of Carl Poleschner.”

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