Catherine P. 'Polly'  Oden
Catherine P. "Polly" Oden, 91, of The Colony at St. Paul's, Greenville, passed away Tuesday morning, Feb. 25, 2020, in UPMC Mercy.
She was born in Clarion County on Dec. 29, 1928, to Richard S. Hess and and Elizabeth (Board) Hess.
Polly was a 1946 graduate of Salem Township High School, received her secretarial certificate from Thiel College in 1948, obtained her bachelor's in education from Slippery Rock in 1968 and her master's in education from Westminster in 1970.
She was employed as a teacher for more than 26 years. She taught at Mohawk Elementary School in 1968, was a first-grade teacher at New Bedford Elementary from 1968 to 1971, and retired as a reading specialist from Big Beaver Area Schools in 1993, after 22 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 to 1994.
She was a member of Gamma Delta College Sorority, Bessemer Women's Club and the Clenmoore Prime Timers.
Her professional memberships included, Keystone Reading Association, 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 Jan. 22, 1949, she married Hartley C. "Bud" Oden, who passed away on Jan. 17, 2013.
She is survived by two daughters, Sandra L. Kellner and her husband, Donald, of Oil City, Pennsylvania, 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, Ohio, and Charles R. Oden of Oil City; and a brother; the Rev. Howard Hess of Normalville, Pennsylvania.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a sister, Margaret Say; and a brother, Richard P. Hess.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at the Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, with the Rev. Julia Fraser, chaplain of St. Paul's, officiating.
Family and friends will be received from 10 a.m. until time of service on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at the funeral home.
Inurnment will be in Shenango Valley Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the choice of the donor.
Visitors are welcome to sign the online guestbook at
Published on February 26, 2020


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Betsy Humphrey
Feb 29, 2020
I had on my “to do” list tomorrow to give your delightful mom a call. Was checking ,by happenstance, Loutzenheiser’s website, and was saddened to see your mom had just passed several days ago. I so enjoyed writing to her and receiving such enjoyable letters in return. My deepest condolences to your family; she will be missed.
Scott Ciccone
Feb 26, 2020
Polly was such a good and and kind person. Remember her well and the whole family. You have my sympathies.