Erwin Sigmund Poklacki, 82, passed away Friday, March 28, in Palatine, Ill., surrounded by family who had been caring for him, after a prolonged battle with cancer. His greatest pleasure was to see his children grow into adulthood, and to welcome all his grandchildren into his family with love.
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Born April 13, 1931, in Chicago, Erwin joins his fiancée Mary Francis Simonsen, who passed in 2012.
Awarded a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1961, Erwin earned several patents working as a research scientist before retiring in 1994.
He devoted much time to volunteering by caring for the elderly, which continued when he moved from Arlington Heights, Ill., to Lecanto, Fla., to enjoy golfing and the weather.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Apr. 6, 2014