Jean Sztajer


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Posted Online: Nov. 08, 2013, 8:21 pm
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Jean Carol Sztajer, 69, of Rapids City, died at her daughter's home in Coal Valley, on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, after a battle with early onset Alzheimer's.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center, Coal Valley. A private family burial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Seton Catholic School, Moline, or The Alzheimer's Association in Jean's name.
Jean was born on July 21, 1944, in Barrington, Ill., the daughter of Eugene and Carol Johnson Kampert. She spent her life teaching, first at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, then for 25 years at Augustana College in Rock Island.
Jean also was a recruiter for McGladrey, Hendrickson and Pullen and belonged to many professional organizations. Her life was dedicated to helping others, and she was very proud of all of her students.
Jean's family felt honored to care for her and would like to give special thanks to Carlos Polit, Wayne Bertelsen Jr., Katherine Polit, Matthew Polit, Judy Polit, Richard Sztajer, Clark Stojan, Wendy Brees, Dee Nelson, Travis and Jerica Ortberg and family, Arthur Winstein, Jeanine Howard, Mary Garcia, Shannon Fry, Krissy Zechmann, Chaplin Don Johnston, Dr. Mark Hermanson, Dr. Rodney Short, Jason Dunnett, Beverly Lam, Home In Stead Senior Care, Beacon of Hope Hospice and Alternatives for the Older Adult for making Jean's life one of fun, laughter and a celebration in the Holy Spirit.
Survivors include her dedicated and loving husband of 28 years, George Sztajer; two sons, Sean, Palatine, Ill., and Bret, Charleston, S.C.; a daughter and son-in-law, Sivi Ann and Carlos Polit, Coal Valley; six grandchildren, Thomas, Abigail and Ella, of Charleston, and Wayne, Katie and Matthew, of Coal Valley; and her father-in-law, Richard Sztajer, Coal Valley. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Carol; her brother, James; her mother-in-law, Wieslawa Sztajer; and her ex-husband, David Johnson.
Jean was the perfect example of an angel on earth. A perfect daughter, wife, mother and friend, she will be missed daily by those whose life she touched.
Jean's family invites friends to share stories and condolences and light a candle in her memory at TrimbleFuneralHomes.com.














 



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