Joseph M. Polywacz

April 10, 1923 - November 25, 2012

Joseph M. Polywacz, 89, of Batavia and formerly of Round Lake Beach, died peacefully on November 25, 2012 at Michealsen Health Center in Batavia.  He was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on April 10, 1923.  Joe served in the United States Army Air Corp during WWII. He was united in marriage to Irene Rachupka in Gardner, MA at St. Joseph’s Church in February 8, 1947.  They raised a family of four children, while living in Massachusetts, New York, Wisconsin and Illinois.  Joe was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Round Lake Beach.  He served as a Eucharistic Minister, a lector, a member of the Knights of Columbus and served on the Parish Council.  He was a proud member of MENSA.  Joe loved the game of golf and even had a hole in one.  He enjoyed professional athletics and was an avid Red Sox, New England Patriots and Boston Celtics fan. He was employed as an accountant with IMC Global until his retirement.   He is survived by his two daughters, Vickie Quane (Dave) of Batavia, Paula Fakes of Sun Prairie, WI, two sons, Joe Polywacz Jr. (Cathy) of Poynette, WI , and Andy Polywacz (Christine) of Gilbertsville, PA, 12 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife Irene and a sister Irene Svoick.   Funeral services will begin with prayers at 10:00 A.M. Friday, November 30, 2012 from Moss Family Funeral Home 209 South Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL, proceeding to Holy Cross Catholic Church for a 10:30 A.M. Mass.  Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Geneva.  Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. Friday until the time of the service at the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to The Holmstad Benevolent care Fund 700 West Fabyan Parkway Batavia, IL 60510.

Guest Book

  • Erin O'Brien My deepest sympathy to you Andy and your extended family. His was clearly a life very well lived. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
  • Raquel Ambriz-Sanchez My condolences Vickie, to you and all your family. I will keep you in my prayers.