Mark Polaschek


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Posted Online: March 29, 2013, 7:10 pm
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Mark A. Polaschek, 49, Davenport, died where he loved to be and doing what he loved to do, on March 25, 2013, in the Florida Keys.
A Traditional Requiem Mass will be 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Davenport, Clerics are welcome to sit in choir. Burial is at St. Mary's Cemetery, East Moline. Visitation is 3-7 p.m. Monday at Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline, where a rosary will be recited at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers and gifts, memorials may be made to All Saint's Catholic School, Davenport, Alleman High School, Rock Island, the Woman's Choice Center, Bettendorf, or Human Life International.
Mark was born Dec. 31, 1963, in Moline, the son of David and Barbara VandeVoorde Polaschek. Mark graduated from St. Ambrose College, Davenport. Mark was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He had been a financial advisor, and had a true entrepreneurial spirit. He had owned the former Hunter's Club in Rock Island. He married Karla Bladel on May 9, 2002.
Mark held a fascination for the history of our country and his church. He was a member of Short Hills Country Club, East Moline. Mark never met a stranger and always liked meeting new people. Mark loved being a father and cherished his son.
Survivors include his wife, Karla; their son, Michael; sister, Mary (Voris) Davis, Birmingham, Ala.; brothers, Michael Polaschek, Rock Island, and Joe (Betsy) Polaschek, Davenport; niece, Amy Davis; nephews, Patrick Davis, Jack and David Polaschek, and Sam and Joe Bladel; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family would like to thank the U.S. Coast Guard for their assistance.
Online condolences may be left for the family at vanhoe.com.














 



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