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Julitta "Jill" M. Cebrzynski

February 29, 1956 ~ January 27, 2024 (age 67) 67 Years Old

Julitta "Jill" Cebrzynski Obituary

Jill Cebrzynski, 67, died Jan. 27, 2024, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after a brief illness. She was a “Leap Year baby,” born Feb. 29, 1956, in Chicago, where she grew up in the South Lawndale community. Because Leap Year occurs only every four years, when that date came around on the calendar, it was it her “real” birthday, as family members dubbed it, and called for a special celebration.

She was an editor at AbbVie Inc., North Chicago, Illinois, for many years, editing documents for clarification and accuracy, before she retired.

Jill was active in athletics all her life, starting with informal games of various sports as a grade school student, continuing into team sports at Lourdes High School on Chicago’s South Side and the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle (later renamed University of Illinois Chicago), where she earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education/fitness. She was named the university’s Athlete of the Year in softball for the 1976-77 season, and Athlete of the Year for volleyball in 1978. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996 as a member of the women’s 1975 volleyball team that won the Illinois state championship that year and played in the national finals.

“Jill also was a nature enthusiast,” said her brother Stanley Jr. “She enjoyed camping, backpacking and hiking.”

In her retirement, she played golf to relax.

Jill had a wide range of other interests, which included collecting sweatshirts from various colleges.

“She loved learning about and visiting Civil War museums,” her brother Christopher said. “A favorite memory is when she visited us in Winchester [Virginia]. We toured the courthouse which was a jail for Union soldiers. We stayed there for hours and she enjoyed it and then talked about it for hours.”

Colleagues found her easy to work with, friends loved her presence at parties and outings. Jill would entertain her brothers and sisters with her wry sense of humor and get everyone laughing at family gatherings when she told a story about a funny incident that happened in her life. Then she could easily switch to discussing politics and current affairs. Most of all, the people in her life recognized the kindness Jill showed. Her special interests were disaster and humanitarian relief and animal welfare. She never failed do a favor for someone, never turned anyone away. She lived by the biblical imperative to feed the hungry, offer clothes to the poor, and be kind to strangers. She will be dearly missed by all those she knew, but Jill will continue to forever live in the final resting place of their hearts.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Stella (nee Lanucha), and a sister, Margaret Meyer. In addition to brothers Stanley Jr. and Christopher (Patti), survivors include her sisters Rosanne, Delphine Zimich (Dan), Kathy Howe, Maria Pirih (Tony), and Francine; and two other brothers, Gregory and Gerard (George). Jill is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at St. John's Catholic Church, 701 N. Lake Ave., Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, 53181, on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024. Visitation will be at 10 a.m., followed by mass at 11 a.m.

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February 28, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church (WI)
701 N. Lake St
Twin Lakes, WI 53181

Funeral Mass
February 28, 2024

11:00 AM
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church (WI)
701 N. Lake St
Twin Lakes, WI 53181


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