Robert  Polatas

Robert M. Polatas

Friday, April 8th, 1932 - Friday, March 6th, 2020
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Robert "Bob" M. Polatas, 87, of Erie, passed away Friday, March 06, 2020 at St. Vincent Hospital. He was born in Erie, on April 8, 1932, a son of the late Stephen and Mary Hoydic Polatas.

Robert graduated East High School and went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He worked for Erie Water Works and later became a self-employed plumber for 30 years. Robert was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Church. He took great pride in building his own home and enjoyed traveling and camping. If you needed to find Bob in the mornings stop at Jack Frost Donuts and you'd be certain to find him there eating his daily dose of donuts.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Evelyn Fritz Polatas; his two daughters, Holly Polatas, of Pittsburgh and Tami DeRaimo and her husband Paul of Erie; his two sons, Jeffery Polatas, of Erie, and Michael Polatas, of Orlando, FL; and his grandson, Randy King and his wife Natalie, of Orlando FL.; his faithful chocolate lab companion, Mollie; many nieces and nephews; special friend and caregiver Diana Carson; and many dear friends who had given him help and support throughout his illness.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Audrey Geiger; and his two brothers, James and Dennis Polatas.

Friends may call at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 837 Bartlett Rd, Harborcreek, PA 16421, on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Funeral Mass there at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Erie Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are made by the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home, Inc. 5000 Wattsburg Rd.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Erie Humane Society or Our Lady Of Mercy Church.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Our Lady of Mercy
    837 Bartlett Road
    habor creek, PA 16421
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 11:00am
    Our Lady of Mercy
    837 Bartlett Road
    habor creek, PA 16421
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Fr. Gerald Ritchie
  • Interment

    Erie Cemetery
    2116 Chestnut Street
    ERIE, PA
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Cynthia Lasher

Posted at 03:17pm
I remember Bob and his red truck. Every year at Christmastime, Bob would loan the truck to my father so that he could load it up with a Christmas tree and evergreen boughs that were used to decorate the house. Every summer, Bob and Honey would open up their pool to the neighborhood kids and every summer, there was a picnic in their backyard. Those picnics lasted long into the night until the badminton shuttlecock could no longer be seen. I loved babysitting for Jeffrey, Michael, and Holly (didn't get to sit for Tami), and was amazed to see how Bob over time transformed the house on 9th Street from a duplex to a single family home. Bob was a good husband, father, neighbor, and friend. Honey, Jeff, Michael, Holly, and Tami, my heart goes out to you at this time of loss. Cynthia (Rachocki) Lasher

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