It is with great sadness that the Hackett family announces the passing of Pauline H. Hackett on October 14th, 2022. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on June 3, 1927, to Aaron Heber & Pauline (Lang) Helt, Pauline grew up there and in Dana, Indiana, and graduated from Dana High School in 1945. She attended Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana where she majored in English and history in addition to studying drama, graduating in 1949. It is here she met her future husband Charles “Chick” Hackett. They were married in December of 1950. Together they went on to raise 4 children and stayed married for 67 years only parting ways upon Chick’s death in 2018.
A teacher, writer and poet, Polly taught and was a substitute teacher in various school systems in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Green Bay and Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. She was a reporter for the Wauwatosa News-Times, feature writer for the Frankfort (IN) Times and an administrative assistant for the Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Center for Great Lakes Studies), Indiana Public Utilities Commission, and American Legion. She was also a literacy tutor and engaged in many civic and religious volunteer activities.
Visitation and Services
Services to be held Saturday November 19th at 11 am at the Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church (1529 Wauwatosa Avenue, Wauwatosa). Polly will be interned in Helt's Prairie cemetery in Hillsdale, Indiana next to her husband Chick and near many generations of her family. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Frankfort (Indiana) Community Public Library Family Literacy Program (https://myfcpl.org/explore/literacy/), the Waukesha Public Library (https://waukeshapubliclibrary.org/friends_donate-to-the-friends/), or the BrightFocus Foundation (https://www.brightfocus.org).
her children: Jeffrey (Laurie Druse), Holly (Todd) Belsey, Brian (Janet Dea) and Craig (Diane) Hackett. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren: Ann Clara Hackett, Mark, Danny, and Bryan Hackett, Christine (Belsey) Wolf, Dana Belsey, Nina and Ben Hackett, and great granddaughter Grace Ella Marie Hackett.
In addition to her husband Polly is preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Jeanne (Granville) Ward and Mary Alice (John) Nelson and brothers Allen (Martha) Helt and Lang (Evelyn) Helt.