Sunday, September 20, 2020


September 19, 1935—August 31, 2020

   MADISON - Mary Anna (Henningsen) Pollei, age 84, passed away on Monday, August 31, 2020, at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg, WI. Mary was born on September 19, 1935, in Sparta, WI, to Arthur and Hazel (Miller) Henningsen. She graduated from Sparta Senior High School in 1953 and moved to Madison to attend Madison Business College. She married Robert R. Pollei in Madison, WI, in April 1957. They lived in Madison until moving to Sun City, AZ in retirement, and after Robert’s passing, Mary returned to Madison in 2001. She cherished spending time with her family. Mary especially loved summer cookouts with her son, Jeff, and preparing her famous prime rib dinner for family as her Christmas Eve tradition. She also enjoyed attending the Telephone Pioneers monthly luncheons with her friends.

   Mary is survived by her son, Jeffrey A. Pollei (Lynn A. French); granddaughter, Hayley C. (Thomas) Fahl; great-granddaughter, Kinsley Rae Fahl; sister-in-law, Kathleen Henningsen; and aunt, Georgia Heffel.

   She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; siblings, Jean (Rev. Herbert) Graf, Arthur Henningsen Jr.; and daughter-in-law, Kathleen F. (Stoffels) Pollei.

   Honoring Mary’s wishes, no services will be held. Memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare.

   To view and sign this guestbook please visit

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Evans Print & Media Group

1302 River Rd.
P.O. Box 252

Sparta, WI 54656-0252

Office Number: (608) 269-3186
Fax Number: (608) 269-6876


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