Eleanor Polich Obituary

Eleanor M. Polich
Eleanor M. Polich
Eleanor M. Polich

August 30, 1916 - February 23, 2013
Born in Pocahontas, IA
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Eleanor M. Polich, 96, died peacefully Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Bishop Drumm Care Center in Johnston. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, February 28, 2013 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery.

Eleanor was born August 30, 1916 on a farm near Pocahontas, IA to Frank and Rose (Hotovec) Stejskal. She married John J. Polich on October 11, 1947 and of this union three children were born: David, Margaret and Edward. The family resided in Des Moines until 1965, when they moved to Urbandale. In September 2012, Eleanor moved to the Bishop Drumm Home in Johnston.

A faithful, devoted and active Catholic, Eleanor was a member of St. John's Parish in Des Moines and then St. Pius X Catholic Church in Urbandale. She lived a life of service and enjoyed taking care of others. Her church activities included membership in Legion of Mary and Altar and Rosary Society, working as a special education religion catechist, visiting the sick, preparing countless funeral dinners, and attending daily mass.

Survivors include her children: Father David Polich of Perry, Margaret (Jack) Cavanagh of Des Moines, and Ed (Katy) Polich of Des Moines; grandchildren: Kristin (Jason) Vogel of Clive, Thomas Cavanagh of Des Moines, Alisha (Marshall) Henry of Johnston, and Gabriel Polich of Des Moines; great-grandchildren: Kate and Andrew Vogel; sisters: Ann (Ray) Harrold, Judy Flaherty, and Marie Pattee, all of Pocahontas; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Eleanor is preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; and brothers, Joe and Frank Stejskal.

Eleanor's family wishes to thank the staff at Bishop Drumm for their wonderful and compassionate care.

The family will receive friends from 4 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Westover Funeral Home, where a Rosary will begin at 4 p.m. and a Vigil Service will begin at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Pius X Catholic Church, Bishop Drumm Care Center or Catholic Worker House.

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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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St. Pius X Catholic Church
3663 66th Street
Urbandale, IA US 50322
Thursday, February 28, 2013
10:00 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Thursday, February 28, 2013


Bishop Drumm Care Center
5837 Winwood Drive
Johnston, IA 50131
Catholic Worker House
1310 - 7th Street
Des Moines, IA US 50314