Stephen Polito

Posted Online: March 15, 2014, 5:59 pm
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Stephen J. "Steve" Polito, 63, formerly of Moline, passed away on March 12, 2014, in his sister's home in Phoenix, Ariz., after a lengthy battle with cancer.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Polito will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, March 17, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moline. The Rev. Monsignor Dale L. Wellman will officiate. A rosary will be recited at 1 p.m. today, followed by visitation until 6 p.m., at Rafferty Funeral Home, 2111 1st St. A, Moline. Interment will be at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Steve Polito's Children's Education Fund at the following website:
Steve was born in Moline on July 8, 1950, son of Andrew J. "Hank" and Alice M. Leemans Polito. He was educated at Sacred Heart School and Alleman High School, where he became the first Pioneer mascot. He continued his studies at Iowa State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in urban planning. Steve also conducted graduate studies at Iowa State. While at Iowa State, Steve was affiliated with Phi Kappa Theta fraternity and was a member of the freshman football team, the track team and a cheerleader for the Cyclones. He also was involved in numerous campus organizations while in college.
After completing his education, Steve spent 37 years serving the transportation industry. This primarily included planning and project development for public transportation systems. Two local transportation projects of significance in which Steve played major roles were the I-74 and 53rd Street interchange in Davenport and Centre Station in Moline. While in the Quad-Cities, Steve was active in the local Chambers of Commerce, particularly their transportation committees.
Steve was very involved with athletics throughout his life, having played, coached and officiated football, baseball, softball and basketball. This includes 23 years as a high school and college football official in Iowa and Illinois. He also played two seasons as a defensive back with the former Quad City Mohawks semi-pro football team.
Steve was an active member of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 299, a life member of the Catholic Order of Foresters Court No. 1691 of Moline, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3388, Estherville, Iowa, and a member of the Svithiod Club of Moline.
Steve dearly loved his immediate and extended family. He organized numerous family functions to bring family members together. Steve is survived by his children (and their spouses), Stephanie (Greg) Steinwolf, Phoenix, Ariz., Vincent (Kara) Polito, Greensburg, Ind., Peter Polito, Moline, and Mary Kate Polito, Bettendorf. He also is survived by sisters, Christine Parker, Phoenix, and Constance Polito, Charlotte, N.C.; and a brother (and his wife), Gerald (Lisa) Polito, Rock Island. Grandchildren include Ella and Mason Steinwolf, Phoenix, and Gia and James "J.J." Polito, Greensburg. Steve also had three stepchildren, Anthony "A.J." (Jaynie) Orendorff, Moline, Andrew Orendorff, Davenport, and Amy Orendorff, Davenport.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents, his maternal and paternal grandparents and his brother, Gregory, who died in June 2013.
Also, Steve's family wishes to extend their gratitude to the doctors and nurses at the Department of Veterans Affairs facilities in Bettendorf, Iowa City and Phoenix, who provided quality and compassionate care to Steve during his illness. We also want to extend our appreciation to Mike and Connie Maloney, Larry and Jean Paprocki and Bill and Diane Polk for their assistance to Steve during his lengthy illness.
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