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1924 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
CARY - Beverly J. Ebert, age 89, peacefully passed on to her heavenly home March 30, 2014 with her three daughters by her side. She was born July 1, 1924 in Janesville, WI. to Ewald and Mabel Ross Saxe. On Oct. 19, 1946 in Madison, WI, she married William D. Ebert who preceded her in death on September 13, 1992. On November 21, 2004 in Cary, she married Frederick M. Zimmermann who passed away on December 18, 2013. Also preceding her in death were her parents and brother, LeRoy Saxe. Beverly attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She received the University Alumni Award as the Outstanding Junior Woman. The family settled permanently in Cary in 1957. She was owner/president of Century 21 Sketch Book from 1967 to 1999. She served on many real estate associated boards, including the McHenry County Board of Realtors as President, Vice-President and Secretary and the Illinois Association of Realtors as District Vice-President, a member of the Board of Directors and a Governor of the Realtors Institute. She served on several committees of the National Association of Realtors. She was named McHenry County Realtor of the Year in 1982 and received the Distinguished Member Award for her community service in 1994. She achieved the professional designations of GRI, CRB and CRS. She was instrumental in bringing Good Shepherd Hospital to the northwest suburbs and founding its Auxiliary in 1967. She served on the hospital Governing Council for 12 years, on many committees and as Council Chairman. She was the recipient of the Good Shepherd Hospital "Shepherd's Award" in 1981. Seeing a need for senior services in Cary, she spearheaded the effort to convert the former Cary Village Hall, which once housed Cary's first schoolhouse, to the current Cary-Grove Senior Center and served for many years on the Senior Citizens Council. Always giving her best to the betterment of the community, she served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Cary Chamber of Commerce, editor and chairman of the Cary Bi-Centennial History Book, and was founder of the United Way for Southeastern McHenry County. She enjoyed working in her gardens and traveling, which took her around the country and world. Through all her accomplishments, family and friends were always what brought her joy. She loved the time spent with her daughters and their families. Beverly is survived by her daughters: Roxanne (Bob) Silhan of Winter Haven, FL., Jocelyn (Gary) Koopman of Cary, and Adrienne (Dave) Graham of Port Richey FL.; three grandchildren: Amanda Koopman, Jeffrey (Beth) Koopman, and Matthew Silhan; and one great grandchild: Cameron Koopman. We all feel blessed to have had her in our lives. She is also survived by two sisters: Delores Peterson of Indianapolis, IN., and Gail Amundsen of Petaluma, CA. Visitation will be 3-8pm Thursday, April 3 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2107 Three Oaks Rd., Cary, IL. Visitation will continue at 10am until the 11am service on Friday. Interment will be in Windridge Cemetery, Cary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital or a . For information, 847-639-3817 or kahlemoore.com.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Apr. 2, 2014
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