Joseph A. Poljak

October 21, 1933 ‒ August 22, 2015

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Joseph A. Poljak, age 81, of Mount Vernon passed away Saturday morning, August 22, 2015 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. He was born October 12, 1933 in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Tone and Katherine (Prebeg) Poljak.

Joseph retired from the Mount Vernon News with over 36 years of service and after retirement, he was a driver for MOTA that is now KAT. He was a member of Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and a former member of the Moose Lodge. Joseph enjoyed traveling, photography, the outdoors and making new friends and visiting with old friends, but his greatest passion was spending time with his grandsons.

Joseph is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Helen (Stojkovich) Poljak; daughters, JoAnn (Bradley) Yantis of Mount Vernon, Mariann (Chris) Vance of Mount Vernon and Patricia Poljak of Fairfax, VA; grandsons, Cole and Cory Vance of Mount Vernon; and his mother-in-law, Rose Stojkovich of Windsor, Ontario.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 303 East High St., Mount Vernon. Rev. Father Vincent Nguyen will be the Celebrant. A private burial will be held in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Mount Vernon.

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  • So sorry to hear about the loss of your love one. May he rest in peace. Our prayers go out to all of you.

    Ed and Fran Schlairet

  • Helen and family: So sorry to hear about Joe’s passing.
    I worked at the News for 32 years in the Editorial Department. After Joe retired, he’d stop in at the News and he often came by my desk to chat for a moment. After I retired the end of 2013, I’d sometimes see him at the KCH Cardiology Department on Yauger Road—I was there as a patient and he also.
    There is hope for our dead loved ones. John 5:28, 29 states, “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear (Jesus’) voice and come out.” The resurrection of God’s son Jesus, furnishes a basis for our belief that this is true.
    Please, if you wish to contact me through my email, feel free to do so.

    Deepest sympathy,
    Linda Frazee

  • It was a privilege to know and work with Joe at Mid-Ohio Transit Authority. His care and compassion for all his riders earned him universal respect in the MOTA family. His time among us was much too short, and he will be greatly missed. Sincere condolences to Helen and the entire Poljak family.

  • JoAnn and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers and my heart is with you today. Know he still watching over you, and will be there when you call on him. If there’s anything I can do, do not hesitate to ask!

    Love and prayers

    Chris Flynn Whitacre

  • JoAnn & Family – I’m so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family.
    Anne Dilley Powers

  • Sad to hear about Joe’s passing. He was such a pleasure to chat with when he came into the YMCA. He will be greatly missed by staff, and members.

  • So sorry to hear of this. Helen and Patti, you know my prayers and thoughts are with you through this time.