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Stephanie PolutnikStephanie Frances Polutnik (nee Turk), 98, of Elyria Township, passed away at the New Life Hospice Center after a brief illness. Stephanie was born in Vrhnika, Slovenia on August 16, 1919. At the age of eight, she traveled on the SS Île de France with her mother and sister Mary and entered the US through Ellis Island on June 5, 1928, an important date for her family. Stephanie loved music and knew all the verses to hundreds of Slovenian songs, harmonizing even as a child with her father and entertaining family and friends with her beautiful, strong alto voice wherever Slovenian music might be playing as recently as last month. In her 90's she joined the group Seniors Sing that entertains at nursing homes in Lorain County and was usually a featured soloist.

Stephanie had a zest for life and lived it to the fullest. She found her greatest joy in family times, always bringing her radiant smile, her positive attitude, a clever sense of humor and a curiosity that kept her young. Because she only looked for the good in everyone, she always found it and she touched the hearts of everyone fortunate enough to have known her.

In her mid-forties, Stephanie attended St. Joseph's School of Practical Nursing and earned her LPN diploma. Through the years, she enjoyed traveling, playing cribbage, working all of the puzzles in the paper, catching perch and walleye on Lake Erie with her husband Michael, bowling, and watching the Cleveland sports teams. She was a lifelong member of Slovenian groups, including KSKJ and AMLA and the Slovenian Women's Union.

The nut tortes she baked for family birthdays, her Slovenian potica and her apple strudel were all amazing, but her hugs were the world's best. Her family will miss the way she said “I love you” every single time she saw them.

A founding member of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Stephanie was a devout Catholic and loved Father Don Dunson and her many friends in the parish. For many years she was a black jack dealer at the annual church carnival and baked for bingo once a month until she turned 90. She was one-of-a-kind!

Stephanie is survived by her daughter Elaine Barthelemy of Apple Valley, Minnesota, sons Michael (JoAnne) Polutnik of Sheffield Village, John (Judy) Polutnik and Robert Polutnik of Avon, grandchildren Rachel, Mark, Stephen, Jennifer, Stephanie, Matthew and Laura as well as 13 great-grandchildren (with #14 due on her birthday) and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Polutnik, parents, Joseph and Mary Turk of Girard, Ohio, sisters Mary Bradish, Josephine Robsel, and Veronica Marsico and daughter-in-law Jane Polutnik.

The family will receive friends at the Reichlin-Roberts Funeral Home at 327 Cleveland Street, Elyria, Ohio on Wednesday, January 31 from 4-7. The funeral Mass will be on Thursday, February 1st at 10:00 a.m. St. Vincent de Paul Church, 49125 North Ridge Road, Elyria with the Reverend Father Donald Dunson, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain, Ohio.

Memorials can be made to the St. Vincent de Paul building fund or to the charity of your choice.

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sent Thursday, 01 February 2018 02:13
Paying my respects to the Politnik family. Mike, enjoyed the day you were waiting for your Mom. She was driving to a store to meet you. Then you told me her age ....and more.. All I can say is “Wow”!
Carol Jankowski Peto
sent Wednesday, 31 January 2018 11:11
Rest in peace, sweet lady. Deepest sympathy to the Polutnik Family. May precious memories help you through this difficult time.
Pat Mate
sent Wednesday, 31 January 2018 05:13
So very sorry for your loss, Mike and family. It is wonderful that she enjoyed life to the fullest for so many years.
stephanie polutnik
sent Tuesday, 30 January 2018 16:18
So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was a special lady. I remember many good times with her. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Jackie{Tomazic} Harned
Regina Hoffman
sent Monday, 29 January 2018 19:14
My deepest sympathy to you and your family Elaine. You are so lucky to have had your mother until age 98. Her zest for life was amazing. God bless
Joseph Zgonc
sent Monday, 29 January 2018 18:24
Stephie was always one of the most outgoing, bubbly , enthusiastic and energetic persons. It would be hard to imagine that Slovenia would have a more appropriate ambassador .
Yvonne Parrucci
sent Monday, 29 January 2018 18:20
Elaine you just spent time with your mom how wonderful! But it does not make the loss any easier. My thoughts and prayers are with you during your journey. Rip stephanie.
Vince Rigler
sent Monday, 29 January 2018 17:41
Although, I only met Stephanie a few years ago at the USA convention in Illinois, it felt like I have known her all my life. She really impressed me not only with the knowledge and memorization of so many songs and once I learned of her age, it just blew my mind. What a beautiful soul and an inspiration to all of us. I was looking forward to her 100th birthday. She will always be remembered. My condolences to the entire family.
Alice Baker
sent Monday, 29 January 2018 15:48
Elaine - how fortunate you & your brothers were to have such a talented and special lady for your mother. She was very gifted, My prayers are with your family. Alice Baker
Anne DiNatale
sent Monday, 29 January 2018 15:41
We are very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Please accept our deepest sympathy. You are your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Anne DiNatale Clearwater Beach
Don Heffernan
sent Monday, 29 January 2018 09:13
Her warm smile, kind words and her many talents will always be remembered. She made the world a better place. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Polutnik family. Sincerely, Heff and Sue
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sent Monday, 29 January 2018 08:33
Stephanie\\\'s star shone so brightly on this earth. We can only imagine her glorified light in her heavenly home! May the peace that she exuded be with you, her loving family, as you lay her to rest. We loved her dearly!
Patty Egan
sent Monday, 29 January 2018 07:34
My condolences to you, Matthew, Mark, your brothers and your extended family. From your many stories of family gatherings, you are a close, fun loving family. Your mom, Stephanie, was a big part of that. May she rest in peace realizing how much joy she spread throughout her life. Patty Egan
Chris and Mary Ann
sent Monday, 29 January 2018 06:20
So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She certainly sounds like she was one of a kind. We are sure that you have many wonderful stories of her to cherish and keep in your hearts. We will remember her in our prayers Chris and Mary Ann Buono, Clearwater Beach
John and Ana Maria
sent Monday, 29 January 2018 03:50
Knowing her son an daughter in law Michael and JoAnn we are sure that their mother was a great lady. God is celebrating her return home. A big hug in the entire Family. John and Ana Maria Sullivan at Clearwater Beach
Starr Wylie
sent Sunday, 28 January 2018 16:14
What a privilege to have met such an incredible womzren through Elaine. I, like many, will hold your beautiful songs in our heart forever. Treasured memories.
Nadi
sent Sunday, 28 January 2018 13:04
To the beautiful Polutnik Family, Your mother will be greatly missed. There are not many people that have had such a impact on everyone she met. Love you Gospa Stephanie. Nadi
Patt Hade
sent Sunday, 28 January 2018 12:16
What a beautiful obituary for a beautiful person. She will certainly be missed by many. May her sweet singing now bless those who have preceded her in death. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Elaine, and your entire family. Patti Hade
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