In Memory Of

Mr. Ernest L.

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A special request;

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to a charity of your choice; or one of the following: The Epilepsy Foundation, or The Epilepsy Alliance of North Carolina


Ernest “Ernie” L. Polak, age 62, passed away on August 22, 2022, due to a history of Epilepsy and Traumatic Brain Injury. He is survived by his mother, Mary Hoelle Polak, and loved ones Susan Polak, Brittany Vanderbeck, Eric Vanderbeck (Anna Mae Williams), Travis Choberka, Amy Duffner (Bradley), Julie Polak (Chuck Simmons), Zane Duffner and Jillian Duffner. He was predeceased by Ernest Hoelle, Herbert Polak and Joan Cullen. Ernie was born on March 25, 1960, and was a machinist by trade (CNC programmer, manager, and salesman). He graduated from Mineola High School (Class of 1978), BOCES, and SUNY Farmingdale. He loved to travel, scuba dive, tinker with projects (he left a few behind), and was passionate about food – both eating and cooking. Ernie and Sue were known for their July 4th parties – a highlight for friends and family each year. Instead of a funeral, an Ernie style celebration with food and beverages will be held on Saturday, August 27, from 12 – 4 pm at Sue’s home. Please feel free to come by and share an Ernie story or just listen to others. Wear something fun - Ernie would be wearing a Hawaiian shirt if he could. Stay for 10 minutes or for hours, whatever you want. If you’d like to attend but don't have the address, contact Sue, Amy, or Julie.

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