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Polly Zeibert

July 20, 1957 ~ February 15, 2024 (age 66) 66 Years Old

Polly Zeibert Obituary

Polly Carol Zeibert, 66, of Byron, peacefully departed from her earthly existence on February 15, 2024 in her home and with her daughters and husband at her side. 

Polly was born in Chicago and was embraced by her loving parents and brothers first in Elmhurst and then in Medinah, Illinois. Later, Polly moved to the Fox River Valley and resided in her townhome located in St. Charles. She married her husband, Jerry, in 1989 and they moved to their new home in Byron, being closer to her then recently retired parents. She enjoyed her new and wonderful life in the Byron with their beloved and loyal Chocolate Labrador Retriever, Bubba.  

Polly began her early career in the hospitality industry and then enjoyed work with the DuPage County Board of Election Commissioners in Wheaton. For nearly 7 years she coordinated and oversaw the election and training activities of over 3,000 judges of election for 15 or more elections.   After moving to Ogle County, she then transferred to the employ of the Rockford Board of Election Commissioners. As her daughters grew, Polly switched from office work to that of being home and supporting her daughters in their activities and formative years. Polly was the Girl Scout “cookie mom” for several years, prized chauffer to equine riding lessons, chaperone of class field trips with the girls, supporter of many local activities such as Miracle on Second Street in Byron during the Christmas season, Byron Fest. She served as a City of Byron Alderwoman, where she chaired the Police Committee and served on the Ordinance and Finance Committees as part of her official duties. Once the girls had reached young adult age, Polly pursued her lifelong ambition of becoming a licensed real estate agent and broker, where she enjoyed her selected profession. She completed her real estate career with RE/MAX Professional Advantage in Byron, having served as the Office Manager and as the Recruiter and Trainer for all of the RE/MAX Property Source offices in a 3-county area. Polly enjoyed her time with RE/MAX and was most appreciative of the entire RE/MAX family and especially Tom Humpal, for his endless knowledge, constant support and unwavering friendship. 

Having survived breast cancer twice before, Polly came to realize the importance of living a real and full life, accepting everything offered to her with appreciation and constantly endeavoring to make each day special for herself and everyone that she touched. She possessed the ability to converse with and quickly understand people. She was always ready and willing to fully avail herself to her family, friends, business contacts and everybody that she occasioned to meet.  She listened compassionately, acted without judgement or prejudice and conveyed to those she touched that they were special. 

Polly’s favorite color is aqua, and her favorite holiday is Christmas, as witnessed by her steadfast determination to change the homestead décor at least 7 or 8 times each year for each change of season, every holiday and for special occasions, such as the annual lobster party and birthdays. To say that Polly loved to entertain and plan every event would be a gross understatement, as half of the fun was in the planning. While guests were leaving in their cars, she would exclaim, “I can’t wait to do this again.” 

Polly very much enjoyed marketing and directed many special events, photo ops, and video segments. Some of her favorite creations included the RE/MAX hot air balloon lifting off with Santa and Mrs. Clause at Christmas with a background of singing elves, other choreographed and singing extravaganzas, staff photo sessions tying to contemporary spinoffs of popular TV shows, naming but a few. 

Spending time with friends and family on weekend getaways, anticipating and then enjoying short or long vacations, pursuing a never-ending quest for new supper clubs with “life changing” menu items, spontaneous road trips, playing the horse race game in select Wisconsin watering holes, taking nature walks, cooking with family and Kamden, making white chocolate coated pretzels and cookies with sprinkles at Christmas. Never afraid to try something new, Polly was a member of the Byron Oregon Sportsman’s Club, where she enjoyed trap shooting and the formation of her women’s trap team. She was always available to demonstrate her marksmanship skills to those that might assume that she would shoot like a girl. She once caught the esteemed musky while reading a book, much to the chagrin of her angler husband as he waited for her to finish the chapter she was reading before she reeled in the fish. Whether splashing in the pool with her family on a summer day, being mesmerized by an evening bonfire, enjoying a crystal flute or two filled with Veuve Clicquot, preparing family dinners on Sunday, driving her convertible, traveling by jet, slipping the waves in a boat or canoe or just riding around the North Woods on a snowmobile, the thing she desired and enjoyed most was to be with those that she loved… her real joy and life’s most important gift. 

Polly wanted to share with her sincere and unwavering appreciation and recognition of the special bond that she enjoyed and was blessed to have with Kathy and Kerry, Gloria and Brian, Connie and Scott, Caryn, Sue, Missy and especially Claire, who was considered to be a sister. She also expressed kind admiration toward the dedication of her doctors in Rockford and at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, along with acknowledgement of all of her nurses, hospice nurses, and all those that helped with her comfort during her final months. Their unselfish and endearing friendship, professionalism, and constant words of encouragement helped more than could ever be expressed here. 

Polly’s parents, Carol and Boyd Stueland, preceded her in death. Polly is survived by her husband Jerry, daughters Paige Miller (Joel) and Eden Keefe, family Colby (Dakotah) Keefe, Grandchildren Kamden, Kamilah, Zephyr and Salem, brothers Scott (Terri) Stueland, Andy (Karin) Stueland, Sister-in-law Suzy (Tom) Cribari, many nieces, nephews, and numerous cousins. 

Instead of a traditional visitation and burial, Polly expressed with all certainty that a Celebration of Life be held for her. In honor of her wish, her special day will occur on Saturday, May 25, 2024 at the Jarrett Prairie Center located at 7993 North River Road, Byron, IL 61010 between the hours of 2pm and 5PM. Please feel free to dress in something aqua or cheetah print, both favorites of Polly. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Polly’s favorite charity, Children’s Miracle Network. 


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