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Polistina, Ross

d. July 27, 2012

Ross Polistina, age 76, of Sherman, passed away on July 27, 2012 at St. John’s Hospital.

He is survived by his brother, Robert of Sherman, a sister, Rosc (Harold) Bryant of Salt Lick, KY, 5 sisters-in-law, and by several nieces and nephews.

Ross was born on August 5, 1935 in Sherman, IL., the son of Carmen and Lena Gazza Polistina.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Nene, Frank, Jimmy, Rocco and Mott.

He worked for the State of Illinois for 28 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Riverton and the Sherman Athletic Club. He was also a member of St. John’s Vianney in Sherman.

Visitation will be held on Monday, July 30, 2012 at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens from 4 to 7 PM. Funeral services will be held at 9 AM on Tuesday, July 31 at St. John’s Vianney in Sherman.

Monsignor Lantz officiating.

Burial will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery

Memorials can be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


  1. Walt & I send our sincerest sympathy to the family. Ross was a friend to so many people and we are blessed to be counted in those numbers. He was one of the first people that we met when we moved to Sherman. He will truly be missed.

  2. I was fortunate to visit with Uncle Rossi in June this year during my visit from Texas. We reflected on family and had many laughs. These moments are usually few and far between, however, I’m glad I now have these wonderful memories to hold on to. He was a wonderful Uncle, kind soul and will be greatly missed.

  3. My most sincere condolences to Rossi’s family. I have so many fond memories of him from church. When my sister was quite small, Rossi would sit behind us and play with her. I always thought of him as such a kind and friendly person. Sherman has lost a great friend, and heaven has gained a new citizen.

    My parents were Ellis “Smitty” and Harriett Smith My grandparents were Luther and Eva Smith

    Fondly, Joyce Smith Lanier

  4. Chris and I extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to all the Polistina Family. We will remember Ross in our prayers. I’m a member of Riverton Knights of Columbus.

    Denny and Chris Kirchgesner Riverton, Il.

  5. Paul and I send our thoughts and prayers to Ross’s family. We will never forget the time spent with him on the front porch, the gardens that fed many, his kindnesses to those of all ages in Sherman and beyond. It was a privilege to know him and his family and to have been a part of his life.

  6. Dear Rose & Robert:

    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Ross. He was a gret guy & I have many fond memories of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Larry Ackerman

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