|Eugene Polansky, 75|
|Written by TRF Times|
Thief River Falls - Eugene Polansky, 75, died on Saturday, October 8, 2005 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12 (today), at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Thief River Falls, with Father Tim McGee presiding. Casket bearers include Peter Polansky, John Polansky, Timothy Polansky, Nathan Polansky, Gavin Polansky and Preston Scott. Honorary casket bearers include Jacquel Polansky, Nicole Polansky, Danielle Polansky, Rebecca Polansky, Daniel Polansky, Katie Scott, Elizabeth Polansky, Mary Friedt, Andrew Friedt, Hannah Friedt and Mathew Friedt.
Military honors will be provided by Middle River American Legion Post 444 and Thief River Falls Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2793.
Interment will be held at St. Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery, Thief River Falls.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church, Wednesday.
Eugene John Polansky was born November 21, 1929 in Thief Lake Township, Marshall County, the son of George Paul and Mary Catherine (Musial) Polansky. He was baptized and confirmed at Jane Church, Thief Lake Township. The family moved to Rollis Township in June, 1938. He started Thief Lake School and attended Rollis School until eighth grade. He graduated from Middle River High School in 1947. Following high school, he went out and worked for farmers in North Dakota. Eugene served his country in the United States Army from March 1951-April 1953. He spent two Christmases in Korea.
Following his honorable discharge, he went to work at Sorkness Construction, as foreman, doing telephone cable splicing. He worked in many states in the upper Midwest and while working near Kent, he met and eventually married Marjorie Mae Neppl, on October 24, 1959 in St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Moorhead.
The couple lived in Montana and South Dakota for a short time. In May of 1960, they moved to the Polansky farm in Rollis Township near Gatzke. The couple retired and moved to Thief River Falls in December 2004. While on the farm, Eugene milked cows, farmed small grains and began driving school bus for Gatzke School District since 1968 and retired from Grygla School District in 1997.
Eugene was very active at St. Clement Catholic Church, Grygla, where he was a lector, Eucharistic Minister, usher and also served on the parish council as a trustee. He served on the Deanery Council for the Diocese of Crookston. He transferred membership to St. Bernard’s in Thief River Falls, when they moved to town. He was an NFO member, member of American Legion in Middle River for over 50 years and a member of VFW in Thief River Falls and Gatzke Senior Citizens. He always enjoyed watching his kids and grandkids play sports. He also loved gardening, playing cards, woodworking, fixing and tinkering. He enjoyed driving school bus and knew all the kids by name. Eugene was a very patient man.
Survivors include his wife, Marge of Thief River Falls; children, Mark (Marlene) Polansky of Rochester, Gary (Laurie) Polansky of Gatzke, Cindy (Ray) Scott of Red Lake Falls, Paul (Anita) Polansky of Grand Island, Neb., and Cathy (Godfrey) Friedt of Easton, Pa.; two sisters, MaryAnn (Robert) Verbout and Angeline (Donald) Verbout, all of Grygla; brother, Harold Polansky of Thief River Falls; two sisters-in-law, Betty Polansky of Menomonie Falls, Wis., and Clara Polansky of Pahrump, Nev.; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Lawrence and George, godchild and niece, Patty Polansky and godchild and nephew, Donovan Verbout.