Polly J. Knoll

  • Born: May 31, 1932
  • Died: November 24, 2019
  • Location: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Koepsell-Murray Funeral & Cremation Services, Beaver Dam

N7199 N. Crystal Lake Road
Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Tel. (920) 885-6600

Tribute & Message From The Family

Polly J. Knoll, 87, of Beaver Dam passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at the Marshfield Medical Center of Beaver Dam.

A memorial gathering for Polly will be held on Friday, December 6th from 11:00 a.m. until Noon at Trinity Church United Methodist, 308 Oneida Street in Beaver Dam. A memorial service to celebrate Polly's life will follow at Noon with the Rev. Cherie Forret officiating.

Polly was born on May 31, 1932 the daughter of Evan W. and Grace Muriel (Smith) Ost in Kenosha, WI.

Polly was a renowned Equine photographer. She traveled over the United States and many places throughout the world which resulted in magazine covers, articles, and great friends. She was a member of the Pyramid Society, the Arabian Horse Association, the Wisconsin Arabian Horse Association and a past member of the United States Trotting Association. Polly was awarded the 2013 PYRAMID SOCIETY TRUSTEES' AWARD for which she was very proud to receive. This was presented to Polly for her distinguished service to the Egyptian Arabian Horse Worldwide.

Polly was a very accomplished horseman. She enjoyed all aspects of riding English, Western, Dressage and Jumping. She also trained and drove Harness Race horses. She was one of the first women to receive a license to drive Harness racehorses in the State of Wisconsin. Although Polly loved all horses, she gave her heart to the Arabian Horse.

She was also a longtime member of Trinity Church United Methodist in Beaver Dam. Polly was also a past Real Estate sales person for the State of Wisconsin.
Polly is survived by her daughter Jan (David) Burgan of Clear Spring, Maryland; her grandson Dustin (Megan) Westenmeyer of Cross Junction, Virginia and their son Colin; her granddaughter Danielle (Nick) Westenmeyer DiVito of Stephenson, Virginia and her daughter Ava and step daughter Skyeler. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Evelyn Tromp and her brother Gary Ost.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations for Polly may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or to the Horse Protection Association, 20690 NW 130th Ave., Micanopy, FL 32667.

The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.koepsellfh.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

We just found out about Polly's passing- having been out of the country- we've known Polly for over 30 years- and are so saddened to hear this news. We would look forward to her visits down here in Florida- attending horse shows, eating out, and sharing her passion for photography and our Arabians. She never seemed to age. She was an incredible photographer. We will miss her holiday card with all her fur family and the adventures she had over the year. We will miss her.

Posted by Peggy And William Goldberg - Citra, FL - Friend   January 19, 2020

I always looked forward to your Christmas card filling me in on your adventures. Bless you Polly, you were the best. I can hear your giggle as I write this.

Posted by Maxine Gallett - Pequot lakes, MN - friend   January 12, 2020

My condolences to Pollys family and close friends. I looked forward to seeing her at the Egyptian Event in Lexington Ky, where we shared our love of these horses. I found her to be a sweet, quiet, unpretentious, hardworking person of great kindness and a very talented photographer. The last time I talked to her there about doing a photoshoot at my farm, I found out her daughter lives in my county, and we made plans for me to meet her and her dogs, and Polly to photograph my horses. Life is what happens when we are making other plans for it, and illness and deaths in my family kept me away from the outside circles of my horse world, and we never got together again, though I thought if her often. I will always appreciate her and the richness of her contribution to our breed recognition. Rest in peace, dear Polly!

Posted by Susan Willemain Robertson - Hagerstown, MD - acquaintance   January 11, 2020

Polly was an extreme pleasure to know. I especially knew her for her "visiting artist" Project Aware presentations in the Beaver Dam schools and her association with the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association. Her accomplishments were very inspiring to the students. She was enthusiastic and supportive for all the arts. We will miss her presence here.

Posted by Annette Kamps - Beaver Dam, WI - Friend   December 20, 2019

Our sincere sympathy on the loss of Polly. Our friend Madge just told us about your loss. We had many a meals with Polly and Madge. We loved having her visit our farm. Great conversations and so many laughs. She was so talented and knowledgeable. Polly will be missed by all of us. June and Jerry Erdmann, Tigerton, WI

Posted by Jerry Erdmann - Tigerton, WI - Friend   December 14, 2019

I am so sorry, Jan. Sandy Golden

Posted by Sandy Golden - Berkeley Springs, WV - Friend   December 09, 2019

A beautiful soul who brought great joy to others through her artistic skills and kind spirit. I enjoyed meeting her on a few occasions and the book she created has enriched the lives of the friends who have received them.

Posted by Marilynn Reichel - BEAVER DAM, WI - Acquaintance   November 28, 2019

When I lived in Cambria I needed to have some good pictures of the Morgan stallions at the farm. Polly lived so close and took incredible pictures. Perfection was her goal and capturing the personality of her subject she was photographing. That was 1977. I moved to Cannon Falls, Minn and she would take the Amtrak to Red Wing and continued my pictures of my mares and foals as long as she could travel. Developed a very wonderful friendship. She was so sincere and gracious lady. She had an elegance about her and always so down to earth. She will be missed by so many loyal followers. Loved her Christmas cards

Posted by Jackie Sweeney - Mount Horeb, WI - Friend   November 27, 2019

I met Polly through her dear friend, Annette Weber. I bought my first Arabian from Annette and Polly came to my farm and photographed her. Polly made photography fun with her mirror, umbrellas and other props. She was a wonderful, caring person who will be deeply missed.

Posted by Gloria Bowman - Hume, VA - Friend   November 27, 2019

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