Poleski nee Willoughby, Billie

Date: Monday, July 29, 2019
Time: 9:30 to 10:45 AM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Monday, July 29, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM

Service Location:
St. Clare Catholic Church, 165 E. Springfield Ave. St. Clair, MO 63077

1:45 PM Monday, July 29, 2019 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO

Memorials / Donations:
Masses are preferred


Billie Poleski of St. Clair, MO, formerly St. Ann, MO, departed this life in St. Louis, MO, on July 24, 2019, having reached the age of ninety-one years, five months and seventeen days. Billie was born in Brumley, MO, on February 7, 1928, daughter of Carl Lee Willoughby and Anna Elizabeth Willoughby nee Wright. On March 24, 1946, she was united in marriage to Lawrence Leroy Poleski, known to all as Larry, and five children came to bless this union.

Billie is survived by three sons, Martin Poleski and wife, Kim, of Twin Oaks, MO, Gregory Poleski and wife, Jaime, of St. Louis, MO, and Jeffrey Poleski and wife, Annie, of Union, MO; by two daughters, Deborah Poleski of Union and Rebecca Taggart and husband, Pat, of Springfield, MO; by one sister, Lorene Lyle of Summerville, TN; by her sister-in-law, Maxine Willoughby of Peoria, IL; by twenty grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Billie was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Anna Willoughby; by her husband, Larry Poleski; by one grandson, Jason Poleski; by three brothers, Chester, Carl and Ovid Willoughby, and by four sisters, Geneva Willoughby, Minnie Murray, Mildred Anselmo and Iris Vogler.

Billie was a Christian and current member of the St. Clare Catholic Church in St. Clair, MO. During the years she had made St. Ann her home, she was a member of St. Gregory Catholic Church. While living in St. Ann, Billie was employed as a lab technician for Consolidated Flavors in St. Louis, MO. After she and Larry retired, they moved to the Lake St. Clair. She enjoyed volunteering at the Agape Resale Shop and tending to her many flowers in her yard. She also enjoyed feeding the birds, square dancing and reading her Daily Word. Nothing made her happier than the time she spent with her family and many wonderful memories were created.

A kind and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Visitation was held on Monday, July 29, 2019, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO. Funeral mass was held at 11:00 AM on Monday, July 29, 2019, at St. Clare Catholic Church with Father Eric Kunz officiating. Interment was at 1:45 PM at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO. In lieu of flowers, masses are preferred.