Louis M. Polovich, 89, of Benld died at Heritage Health of Gillespie Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 at 2:38 p.m. He was born March 28, 1930, in White City to George Polovich and Catherine (Valent) Polovich.
Louis was a graduate of Mt. Olive High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and his master’s degree from Southern Edwardsville University-Edwardsville. He married Milly (Leonhardt) Polovich Aug. 16, 1958 at Holy Trinity Church in Mt. Olive. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, after having served from 1951-1955. He retired after having been a teacher, principal and coach for Unit School District No. 7.
Louis was a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 217 of Benld, the Knights of Columbus, the Retired Teachers Association and Plavi Dunav Tamburitzans. Louis was also active in St. Joseph’s Church.
He is survived by his spouse, Milly; children, Joanne (Robert) Rohde of Bonaire, Ga., Mary Anne (Simon) Griffin of Troy, Donna (David) Dopuch of Benld, Nancy (Weye) Schmidt of Gillespie, Patti (Rodney) Bryner of Wellington, Colo., Jim (Gay) Polovich of Broken Arrow, Okla. and Roger Schweizer of Zurich, Switzerland; 20 grandchildren, five 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. His remains were given to St. Louis University.
Visitation was Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Church in Benld.A memorial mass was held at St. Joseph’s Church, Benld, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 with the Father Pat Gibbons officiating.
Memorials are suggested to Partnership for Educational Excellence District 7, Mt. Olive Academic Foundation or Food for the Poor in Florida.
Those wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com. Kravanya Funeral Home, Benld, was in charge of the arrangements.