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Lois Pauline "Polly" (Craig) Engstrom

October 5, 1927 ~ October 29, 2018 (age 91)


Lois Pauline “Polly” Engstrom, 91 of Alpha, IL passed away Monday, October 29, 2018 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg, IL. Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday November 3, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church in Ophiem, IL. Burial is in the Alpha Cemetery. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Friday at Peterson Wallin Knox Funeral Home in Alpha. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to AlWood Elementary School Library, Oxford American Legion Post 1197 Auxiliary or Tri-County Ambulance Service. Online condolences may be made at

She was born October 5, 1927 in McMinnville, TN to Samuel and Alice Walker Craig. She attended the McMinnville schools and graduated in April 1944 from Belmont Beauty School in Nashville, TN. Polly married John G. Engstrom February 8, 1945 in Galesburg, IL. He died September 20, 2009.

Polly was a beautician for over 37 years, beginning her career in Nashville, TN and owned and operated “Polly’s Beauty Shop” in Alpha. She also assisted her husband in farming.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Oxford American Legion Post 1197 Auxiliary and volunteered at the AlWood Food Pantry.

She enjoyed gardening, cooking, shopping, and especially being with her family and friends.

Survivors include: one son: Ronald (Cindy) Engstrom of Athens, IL; two daughters: Jeanine (Jim) McGaughy of Orion, IL; Kimberly Engstrom of Bloomington, IL and her special friend, Jeff Newman of Woodhull, IL; four grandchildren: Bruce (Rita) McGaughy of Mercer Island, WA; Michelle (GW) Fuhr of St. Charles, IL; Jenny (Kurt) Behrent of Pawnee, IL; Diana Engstrom of Chicago, IL; eleven great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one sister: Betty Burch of McMinnville, TN; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandson: Todd Engstrom; two sisters: Audrey Pendergraph and Ora Mae Johnson.

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 Service Program


November 2, 2018

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Peterson Wallin Knox Funeral Home Alpha
111 S. 1st Street
Alpha, IL 61413

November 3, 2018

10:30 AM to TBD
Grace Lutheran Church Ophiem
113 Main Street
Opheim, IL 61468

November 3, 2018

Alpha Cemetery

Alpha, IL 61413


Grace Lutheran Church Ophiem
113 Main Street
Opheim, IL 61468


Tri-County Ambulance
210 W. Sauk Avenue, Rio IL 61472
Tel: 1-309-972-5901

AlWood Elementary School Library
101 E A St,, Alpha IL 61413

Oxford American Legion Post 1197 Auxiliary
211 W A St, Alpha IL 61413

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