Edward Marion Polich (94) of Wood Dale, IL passed away on December 28, 2020 of natural causes. Son
of Marion and Antoinette Polich, he was born on November 15, 1926 in Chicago. For 69 years he was
the devoted husband of Carmella Polich who preceded him in death 16 months prior. Together they
raised four children: Deborah Galla, Doreen Halick (Mitch), Edward Polich, Jr. (Nancy Marie) and Robert
Polich (Nancy Ann). He was grandfather of Wayne and Mark Halick, Melissa Galla, Elizabeth and Gwen
Polich, Lauren Carlson and Nichole Morris; and great-grandfather of Chloe, Sophia and Arianna Halick.
He proudly served his country in the Pacific theater in WWII as a motor pool coordinator. This
experience led to his career at Kar Products, an industrial parts supplier. He retired, for the second and
final time, in 1991 as a senior executive after 40 years of loyal service.
Ed, in addition to being the consummate family man, was a hard worker, tough as nails, had a big heart
and strong faith. He once cut himself while working on his car and stitched himself back up with a
needle and thread. He famously refused Novocain at the dentist because he did not like injections.
He loved travel, was an avid golfer and a life-long Bears, Hawks and Cubs fan – though he was afraid to
watch the 2016 play-offs for fear he would jinx the Cubbies chances.
In retirement, Ed had a standing date on Thursdays with his pinochle buddies at the Wood Dale Park
District. On a good day, he might take home $3.00.
He was a longstanding parishioner at Holy Ghost Church in Wood Dale and a supporter of the National
Shrine of St. Jude, St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Sacred Heart Society.
There will be an outdoor military memorial service for Edward on Thursday, January 7 at 1:00 PM at the
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 W Hoff Road, Elwood, IL. All are welcome to attend the
service, but due to COVID 19, there will be no extended visitation or reception. Although if we could, we
certainly would have gathered together to celebrate this great husband, father and man at Dapper’s, his
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the National Shrine of St. Jude, 205 W. Monroe,
Chicago, IL 60606.
“Don’t cry because it is over – smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss