Louis M. Polovich, 89, of Benld, IL, died at Heritage Health of Gillespie, IL on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 2:38 pm. He was born March 28, 1930, in White City, IL to George Polovich & Catherine (Valent) Polovich. Louis was a graduate of Mt Olive High School. He also received his bachelor's degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and his master's degree from SIUE. He married Milly (Leonhardt) Polovich on August 16, 1958 at Holy Trinity Church in Mt. Olive, IL. He was a veteran of the US AirForce after having served from 1951-1955. He was retired after having been a teacher, principal and coach for Unit School District 7. Louis was a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 217 of Benld, IL, Knights of Columbus, Retired Teachers Association, and Plavi Dunav Tamburitzans. Louis was also active in St. Josephs' Church. He is survived by his spouse, Milly Polovich of Benld, IL, children, Joanne (Robert) Rohde of Bonaire, GA, Mary Anne (Simon) Griffin of Troy, IL, Donna (David) Dopuch of Benld, IL, Nancy (Weye) Schmidt of Gillespie, IL, Patti (Rodney) Bryner of Wellington, CO, Jim (Gay) Polovich of Broken Arrow, OK, Roger Schweizer of Zurich, Switzerland, 20 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Louis was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, John Polovich, Mike Polovich, Joseph and Nicholas Polovich in infancy, sisters, Mary Gorsich, Margaret Schrenk, Kay Evans, Barbara Cornell, and Ann Marracino. Remains were given to St. Louis University. Friends may call on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at St. Joseph's Church in Benld, IL from 11:00 am until 1:30 pm. Memorial mass which fulfills Catholic mass obligation will be held at 1:30 pm at St. Joseph's Church, Benld, IL on Sunday, September 1, 2019 with Father Pat Gibbons officiating. There will be a luncheon following the memorial mass at Gillespie Civic Center. Memorials are suggested to Partnership for Educational Excellence District 7, Mt Olive Academic Foundation or Food for the Poor in Florida. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com. Kravanya Funeral Home, Benld, IL is in charge of the arrangements.
Donations may be made to:
Partnership for Educational Excellence District 7
Mt. Olive Academic Foundation
Food for the Poor, Florida