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Joan M. Pollitz

February 25, 2012
Salem News

MAPLETON, Ill.-Joan M. Pollitz, 76, of Mapleton, Ill., departed this life on Feb. 22, 2012, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born Joan Schuller on Sept. 17, 1935, in Salem, Ohio, she is survived by her husband Bill; children, Karen, Bill, Nancy, Cathi, Michael and Linda; her six grandchildren; and Mike and Becky Manuel, the best neighbors ever.

A graduate of Mount Union College, Joan served her community as a pediatric nurse for over 30 years, continuing in retirement, hand stitching quilts and clothing for premature newborns at local hospitals. Together she and Bill organized and led a large group of Stephen Ministers tending the spiritual needs of church members in local nursing homes and hospitals. A caring and giving woman, she was unable to pass by a soul in need nor a stitching store with a clearance sale in progress.

A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. today at United Presbyterian Church. There will be no visitation.

Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton is assisting with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the church or St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Tributes and condolences may be submitted at


(Paid obituary)



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