February 21, 2015
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Gloriann Poljak, age 83, resident of Willard, Ohio passed away on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Hillside Acres Nursing Home in Willard, Ohio. She was born on June 14, 1931 in Lebanon, Indiana to the late Leon and Edith (Jackson) Quisenberry and had been a resident of Howe, Indiana for many years before moving to Ohio. Mrs. Poljak was a graduate of Crawfordsville High School in 1949, a 1953 graduate of Ball State University where she earned her teaching degree and received her Master’s Degree in Education from the Indiana University in 1959. She taught at LaGrange Schools for five years and then the Sturgis Public School in Sturgis, Michigan for twenty two years. She had attended the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Howe, Indiana.
She is survived by two sisters, Patricia Harrison of Willard, OH; and Delores “Dee” Allen of Willard, OH; three brothers, Kenneth (Sandy) Quisenberry of Rossville, IN; Ronald (Sunday) Quisenberry of Ellijay, GA; and John (Cindy) Quisenberry of Carlton, WA; numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Jacob Poljak; and a sister, Betty Valovich.
Friends may call at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard, Ohio on Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM where the funeral service will be held at 3:30 PM with Dave Lillo officiating. Burial will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 11:00 AM in the Riverside Cemetery in Howe, Indiana with Deacon George Douglas officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences can be made at www.secorfuneralhomes.com
I graduated in 1973 from Sturgis High School. I hated math, did awful in Algebra, but Mrs. Poljak taught me to love Plane Geometry. She made it so easy to “get it”. She was an awesome teacher.
Mrs poljak had a handful in our sophomore geometry class. I think they managed to put all the kids who just didn’t get it in her first hour class. Room was one of the “half classrooms” with full number of students. I think maybe two people in the class could do the “proofs” – the rest of us would get the problem on the chalkboard and just stand there! Boy, she surely gained some claim to Heaven after that semester was over! May she rest in peace with many geometry masters!
What a special lady! I was fortunate enough to have “Mrs. Poljak” as a math teacher in Seventh, Eighth and Tenth grades. Every time I go past Poljak Field in Howe, it reminds me of how lucky I was to have her in my life. She never raised her voice in the classroom, but always had it under complete control. Her smile always lit up the room and melted the boy’s hearts. I am so blessed to have known you, “Mrs. Poljak”, and I’ll never forget you. Thoughtfully, Terry Patten – Sturgis, Class of ’69
So sorry for your loss. what a special lady.awlays a smiling face .rest in pease Gloria..Connie
Dee and family, Sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless, Marsha Ganni
Gloria and Jack were “class act number 1” in my book.
I was lucky enough to be one of the students touched by Gloria when she taught at LaGrange High School. I remember her as a kind, firm, very effective teacher…… someone who always had the good of her students in mind. I lost track of her after Jack’s death.
Sincerely, Bill Connelly, Class of 1958, LaGrange High School