Katarzyna “Kasia” Kurek Polk, age 38, of Elburn, passed away Monday, March 15, 2021 at Amita Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin.
She was born January 10, 1983, in Poland, the daughter of Wladyslaw (Wesley) and Zofia (Zagata) Kurek.
Kasia was a remarkable young woman. At 17 she went to Naperville North High School and after she graduated she attended College of Dupage. She then went to Roosevelt University in Chicago where she achieved a Masters in Business Administration.
During her high school and college years, Kasia worked for a dear friend, Dominique, who owns a candy shop in Naperville. She demonstrated her skills, loyalty, and love for people as she eventually came to manage the store.
After graduation with her MBA in hand, she went to work for a placement company that helped process foreign professionals. She eventually found her dream job at Fermilab in the Accelerator Division in Batavia, Illinois in 2016. In 2019 she was promoted to Financial Analyst.
Kasia was extraordinary in countless ways. She had such a sweet spirit and deep love for people and we know that deep love stemmed from her unshakeable love of the Lord Jesus Christ. Her first hope and desire was to serve and reflect Christ. All of her friends, and there are many, remarked that they have never known anyone sweeter, more thoughtful, or sincere than Kasia.
So many friends, so many comments, and they all remark about her smile, her genuine joy and kindness, and the fact that she approached everything as a loving servant of the Lord.
Kasia met Tim Polk, the love of her life, serving food to the homeless on the streets of Chicago through a church ministry in 2016. As Tim continued to serve with Kasia, he could not help but be drawn by her faithfulness, her sweet presence, and the genuine love she showed to the broken and the hungry people in the city.
Tim said he watched her for a whole year before he had the nerve to ask her out!
When he was talking to some friends about Kasia, he said “I love her!” And they exclaimed…What, you haven’t even had a date with her!
Kasia and Tim were married on November 3, 2018. They were drawn together not only by their common interests, but their mutual love for the Lord Jesus Christ. They had a burning desire to share the love of God with everyone they met. Their wedding was like none other. Beautiful and Christ centered.
Kasia’s greatest desire was to simply be a loving servant of the Lord. All who knew her knew how giving, thoughtful and loving she was. She always went out of her way to help others. She loved animals and nature. She loved surrounding herself with pictures of her family and loved ones.
While there is great sadness, there is great joy in knowing that Kasia is now in the loving arms of her Lord and savior Jesus Christ. He has welcomed her home and proclaimed “Well done my good and faithful servant”.
Kasia is survived by her loving husband Thomas “Tim” Polk, her parents Wladyslaw (Wesley) and Zofia of Poland, sister Dominika (Peter) Kondratko of Colorado; nieces and nephews Pawel, Dawid, and Jagoda; sister-in- law Linda Deskin, and brother- in- law David Polk, and many other dear relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held Sunday, March 21 from 4:00 – 9:00 pm at Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State Street (Route 38), Geneva, Illinois.
Funeral Service will be held Monday, March 22, 2021 at 11:00 am at Calvary Baptist Church, 823 Hamilton Street, Geneva, Illinois with Pastor Rick Weesner officiating.
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Passcode will be privately distributed to friends and family.
Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Geneva, Illinois.
Due to the current health care restrictions, standards of occupancy will be upheld. To attend, please be prepared to wear a mask and/or wait if occupancy standards need to be met. We kindly ask that you immediately exit the funeral home after paying your respects to the family so that others may have the same opportunity.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to one of the following: St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 North Main Street, Chamberlain, SD 5732 (Contact Us St. Joseph's Indian School); Tail Humane Society, 2250 Barber Green Rd DeKalb, IL 60115 (Contact Us - Tails Humane Society); or, Calvary Baptist Church, Geneva, IL “Church Missions” in memory of “Kasia”: (calvarygeneva.com – just go to donate tab)
For information call 630-232-8233 or visit malonefh.com.
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