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Donald J. Polczynski

Mr. Donald J. Polczynski of Nashville, IL departed this life at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, IL on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 2 PM. He had attained the age of 86 years, 8 months and 9 days.

Donald was born on August 20, 1932 in DuQuoin, IL the son of Edward and Catherine (Gross) Polczynski. He was united in marriage to Helen Nowak on October 24, 1955 at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Radom, IL and she survives his passing.
Donald served with the United States Army and was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of the St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Nashville, IL and was a fourth degree charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council #4384. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4082 of Pinckneyville and the American Legion Post #110 of Nashville. Donald enjoyed playing cards and he loved playing Sudoku.

Left to mourn his passing is his wife Helen Polczynski of Nashville, IL; five children, Michael Polczynski and wife Ann of St. Johns, FL, Ann Berger and husband Harry, Matthew Polczynski and wife Susan, Tom Polczynski and wife Martha, Margie Polczynski, and son-in-law, Jeff Gutzler, all of Nashville, IL; 13 grandchildren, Drew, Emily and Seldon Polczynski, Amy (Chris) Chibarro, Karrie (Tony) Kujawa, Jackie Freeman, Amanda (Eric) Niedbalski, Heather (Garrett) Maschhoff, Keely (Mike) Bosau, Erin (Ryan) Cook, Ryan (Mae) Polczynski, Dustin (Amy) Polczynski and grandson-in-law, Chris Luth; 25 great grandchildren; a sister, Betty Polczynski of Boulder, MT; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Jacob Polczynski; a daughter, Kathy Gutzler; granddaughter, Krissy Luth; two great grandchildren, Sydney Kujawa and Jacob Polczynski; a sister, Mary Steinkamp and a brother, Sylvester Polczynski.

Per the wishes of Donald and his family, cremation was performed and a memorial mass will be held at the St. Ann Catholic Church in Nashville, IL on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 11 AM with Fr. Andy Knopik officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post 110. Interment of ashes will be held at a later date.

Friends may call at the St. Ann Catholic Church in Nashville on Monday from 9 AM until the service hour.

Should friends desire, mass offerings or memorials may be made to the St. Ann Catholic School or the St. Jude’s Children’s research Hospital and will be accepted by the Campagna Funeral Home, who is assisting the family with arrangements.

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