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Helen Frances Poklemba Steinnagel, 71, Stratford Resident

STRATFORD, Conn. – Helen Frances Poklemba Steinnagel, of Stratford, wife of Ewald Steinnagel, died Thursday, April 21. She was 71.

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Frank A. and Helen (Maciecka) Poklemba, she spent most of her young life in Fairfield before raising her own family in Monroe, and later settling in Stratford over 10 years ago. She served as a librarian for the towns of Monroe and Trumbull for many years, and achieved a life goal of a bachelor’s degree in English during her employment. Upon retirement, she continued her lifelong passions found in literature, astrology, dance, music, cinema, yoga, going to the beach and special getaways, which exceeded her battles with gastrointestinal stroma (GIST) and Parkinson's disease.

In addition to her husband Ewald, she is survived by her sons, Christian Steinnagel, with partner Jennifer Mosher of Stratford, and Jason Steinnagel, with wife Rachel Murray; granddaughter, Fiona of Roxbury; brothers, Ronald Poklemba, with wife Candace, of Marlborough, Massachusetts, Richard Poklemba, with partner Theresa Anderson of Preston, and Chris Poklemba of Corvallis, Oregon; sister-in-law, Sheila Poklemba of Billings, Montana; "sister cousins" Linda and Andrea; dear friend Moose Glines; and multiple nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother, Victor Poklemba of Billings, Montana.

Calling hours will be held on Monday from 4-7 p.m. with a memorial service immediately following in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield Center. Burial will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are encouraged to the Life Raft Group to help find a cure for GIST.

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