Polly Schwandt-Zeiger, 40

Polly A. Schwandt-Zeiger, age 40, of Blacksburg, Va. was taken into the everlasting arms of the Lord early Friday morning, July 1, 2011. She battled breast cancer for three years.

She was born on March 14, 1971, in Milwaukee, daughter of the late Warren and Judith Schwandt (nee Pfrang). On the June, 19, 1993, Polly married Matthew D. Zeiger at St. John’s Lutheran Church in West Bend. Polly and Matthew have made their home in Blacksburg, Va. since 1994 and have attended Luther Memorial Lutheran Church since that time.

Polly is survived by her husband Matthew and her three beloved children Kelby, Tristan and Adeline; brother Benjamin (Erika) Schwandt of Oconomowoc and their children Brodie and Keegan and brother-inlaw Nathan (Heather) Zeiger of Milwaukee and their son Gabriel. She is further survived by Jerome and Rozanne Zeiger of West Bend, parents of Matthew, her aunt Joanne (Andrew) Rogers and uncle Kenneth Mohs of Plymouth, as well as other dear relatives and friends.

Polly graduated from West Bend East High School in 1989, earned a bachelor’s degree in teaching in 1994 from Concordia College in Mequon, and a master’s degree in math education in 2007 from Virginia Tech.
Polly’s main focus outside of her family was her teaching career, from which she drew great satisfaction.

She began her career in 1994 as a teacher’s aide and classroom teacher at Gilbert Linkous Elementary in Blacksburg and was most recently a gifted resource teacher at Christiansburg Primary and Christiansburg Elementary.
Polly enjoyed reading, attending her children’s athletic events, watching movies, baking and collecting handbags. She was a past president of the Luther Memorial Church Council and served on the Christian Education Committee.

Polly will be remembered by family, friends, colleagues and students for her generosity, loving nature, gentle spirit and willingness to help. Polly’s motto was “Light and love!” and she was certainly an intense source of both for all who knew her.

Visitation with Polly’s family will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at the Phillip Funeral Home, 1420 W. Paradise Drive in West Bend, with a memorial service to follow. The funeral service for Polly was held Wednesday, July 6 at 6 p.m. at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church located in Blacksburg. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorials in Polly’s name to be donated to the American Cancer Society.

“Light and love!”

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family, (262) 338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.